Baseball coach finds bright spots in Bulldogs’ season opener loss
By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona High baseball coach Dean Welch is a “The glass is half full” type of guy. When his Bulldogs lost their season opener 3-1 at Escondido, Welch saw some positives.
“We just didn’t get it quite done today, but it is not like we didn’t have some bright spots. We did a good job on defense. Our bats just couldn’t come together to score runs. Sometimes you just have to tip your caps and move on. There is always something that you can work on to get better. We know that we can hit. We crushed the ball in our scrimmages. We have three games this week and we are looking forward to that opportunity,” said Welch.
Escondido limited the Bulldogs to just one hit — a scratch single by CJ Broussard. The Dawgs’ only run was unearned. It came in the fourth inning when Carl Schwettman reached on an error. He stole second and advanced to third on the play by way of an error. With two down, Schwettman scored when Kevin Hagan reached on an error.
Schwettman also turned in the defensive gem of the game. While playing right field he had to go far to his right to chase down a line drive that had triple written all over the stitches. Schwettman made the running catch with two men on and saved at least two runs from scoring.
Rhett Williams got the start on the mound and pitched four-plus innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out three. Broussard finished on the mound and did not give up a run. He gave up three hits and fanned one Cougar.
It is tournament season and the Dawgs will be very busy until the end of spring break.
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