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Bulldog baseball top team with ten all-district awards

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

Bandera Bulldog Baseball received a plethora of Division 28-AAAA All-District awards after finishing their season off against Navarro in the Bi-District Championships.
“Our entire coaching staff is very proud of all of our kids,” Head Baseball Coach Jeff Quillin said. “Our players worked really hard this season and there is no doubt that they gave us everything they had.”
The Bulldogs ended their 2017 season with an overall record of 16-9 and a District record of 6-6.
“We were fortunate to have a group of young men that enjoyed playing together and rooted for each others achievements,” Quillin said. “The All-District Selections are a reflection of how the other coaches in the district see our kids and it is a compliment to how they played the game on the field.”
Bandera earned an impressive 10 selections to the All-District team with District MVP going to Neffendorf from Fredericksburg.
“I feel very fortunate that I was able to coach this group of ball players,” Quillin said. “As you get to know them and their backgrounds and what makes them the people they are, you get a real sense of how good of a person each one is. They all have great qualities and have so much to give to this world.”
Taking top honors for the Bulldogs and earning a spot on the First Team All-District Team were Pitcher Dakota Goode (SR), First Base Carson Wilke (SR), Second Base Alex Cardenas (JR), Outfielder Brandon Chamberlain (JR) and Designated Hitter Billy Decker (SR).
“I truly believe that each one of our seniors are prepared for life after high school,” Quillin said. “I wish each of our seniors nothing but success in everything they do moving forward.”
Bulldogs earning Second Team All-District selections were Pitcher Casey Harp (JR), Third Base Jacob Kimbrel (SR), Outfielder Zach Markgraf (SR) and Utility Sam Cizek (JR).
Trey Schwarz (committed to Southwestern) (SR) received Honorable Mention All-District Catcher.
“I see a bright future for Bandera Bulldog Baseball,” Quillin said. “Our underclassmen worked very hard everyday in practice and I think we have a great group of Juniors ready to take on the task of leading the program next season. We have a very good class of freshman and incoming freshman that should help bolster the program in the coming years. The future is bright and I am excited to be apart of it.”