TEXARKANA, Texas — The Texarkana Bulldogs are coming into the American Legion baseball season with the goals to learn and improve.
Michael Galvan takes over as head coach of the senior team after Kevin Sutton moved up to coach the Bulldogs' collegiate team.
"We want to grow the baseball IQ of each player in the program by teaching the game of baseball," Galvan said. "In order to do this, we must put players in game situations and let the outcome occur and then go over that situation and learn from it.
"All of the kids will develop their baseball skills and we hope to also teach them leadership qualities they can take back with them to their respective high schools or, in the case of them having graduated high school, take these skills with them to college."
The Bulldog players are all from local and area schools. Liberty-Eylau, Pleasant Grove, Texas High, Atlanta, and Fouke, Ark., are each represented.
Collin Shelley will pitch and play some first base and be a designated hitter. Tucker Sanders will catch and play third base while Haylon Dear is a quick outfielder who can play left, center or right field.
Blake Jennings will pitch, Jackson Lee will play first and be a designated hitter while Alex Galvan will pitch, play first and be a designated hitter.
Cason Head will do most of the catching, Nate Moore will play infield and pitch, Braylon Blair will be in the outfield, and Jaylon Betts will be a utility player.
Koby Power will play the infield, Nathan Hutchinson will pitch, Travler Couch will play the outfield and be a designated hitter, while Krockeett White will be a utility player.
Cason Lamb will be an infielder and pitch, Hudson Twisdale will pitch and play a position in the field, Dylan Spears will primarily pitch, and Kale Carpenter will see action in the outfield.
"The biggest challenge is getting each player the amount of playing time in order to grow as a student-athlete," Galvan said. "The summer allows about 6-8 weeks of games and this makes it difficult to get enough quality at-bats and innings on the mound.
"I like to see where we start as a team and look forward to the team coming together and growing as young men. I look for each person to have a greater knowledge of the game; the wins and losses will take care of themselves with this approach."
Galvan is assisted by Scott Sanders, a former high school baseball coach, and Chris Jennings, a long time advocate for baseball and a youth baseball coach. Each coach has many years of experience.