Bulldogs baseball swinging for district title

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief
Senior pitcher Hunter Medine receives a pitch at the plate earlier this season.

Despite a slow start to the season, the ACHS baseball team (13-10, 6-1) has turned up the heat down the last stretch of the season led by its staff on the mound. With a few games left in the season, three against district teams that will determine the fate of winning the title, the Bulldogs are strapping down hard to finish strong.

“We’re hoping that we are going to be able to do well,” head coach Todd Landry said. “We have three more district games that are all our main focus to try and win district.”

Senior pitcher Hunter Medine cranked up the heat on the mound for the Bulldogs and his leadership bled off onto the others. Landry said he knows Medine won’t be able to pitch every game to end the season, but he isn’t worried about leaning on junior pitcher D.J. Latino and senior pitcher Reed Schexnayder who both have been doing a good job as well.

“We’re going to do our best to finish this thing out strong,” Landry said.

Medine admits he started out slow pitching in the beginning of the season, but he said once “I found my groove I’ve won seven games in a row so far.”

“I hope to be a little bit better than that by the end of the season,” Medine said.

Medine isn’t shying away from claiming the district title either. He said he thinks the team will win it and go far in the playoffs this year.

“I think it’s going to be a really good year for us,” Medine said. “It seems like the last couple of games we’ve been playing with a lot more intensity and a lot more urgency to beat people and beat them bad. I know our district isn’t really the best but getting these wins gives us confidence and I think we will be alright.”

Medine, who signed with the University of New Orleans in the fall, had an offseason surgery in the summer on his elbow. Now he said he doesn’t feel it and he’s been getting stronger.

“I’ve been busting my butt,” Medine said. “I’ve been running a lot and working out hard every single day, a couple times a day and it’s really been paying off. I can see the results on the field and just in my body itself.”

As far as finishing the season strong on the mound for the Bulldogs, Medine is optimistic he can do what Landry asks him to lead the team in the right direction.

“I think I’m going to be able to answer the call and do what he wants me to do,” Medine said. “I’ve been doing it the last couple of games.”