DOUGLASS—Coach Jordan Foland’s debut with Douglass’ baseball team could not have gotten off to a rockier start in the first weeks of the season.


That seems like a time ago, now.


 

DOUGLASS—Coach Jordan Foland’s debut with Douglass’ baseball team could not have gotten off to a rockier start in the first weeks of the season.

That seems like a time ago, now.

The?Bulldogs ran the table in their home 3A Regional tournament with three straight wins, including against top-seeded Wichita Collegiate that came into the tournament with a 19-1 record, to win the Regional championship and qualify for the Class 3A State tournament.

“It’s very gratifying. At the beginning of the year, they weren’t so much of a team. Monday night and [Tuesday] night, it was just a unified team,” Foland said about the growth of the team. “It was really awesome to see them all working together.”

Douglass edged out Chaparral in Round 1 with a 5-4 win.

In Round 2, the?Bulldogs were undaunted by the Spartans. Ajay Shenold hit a home run and Douglass scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back in the 6-4 win. 

“Their attitudes were totally different [Tuesday],” Foland said. “It was ‘Let’s get out here and have fun...We need to upset them’.”

Collegiate changed pitchers and held Douglass to one run the rest of the game, but Douglass’ pitching and defense kept the Spartans in check. Brandon McBeth pitched five solid inning for the Bulldogs to pick up the win.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s awesome,” Josh Foland said about the upset.

“We knew we could compete, we knew we had it in us,” Jake Lovendahl said about beating Collegiate, which ended Douglass’ basketball season earlier this year. “But we hadn’t put it together all year. I didn’t expect it.”

In the championship game, Douglass beat Medicine?Lodge 5-2 in a nine-inning classic. Lovendahl got the win for Douglass on the mound. Josh pitched six solid innings before?Medicine Lodge finally tied the game to force the extra innings. Lovendahl, who already had thrown 91 pitches the night before, but still came out for the final three innings to get the win.

“I’m getting more comfortable pitching, finally,”?Josh said. “I’m finally relaxing.”

That turned out to be the key for the?Bulldogs, who all played relaxed. Eight of them were a part of last year’s team, which finally made it back to State.

Now, these Bulldogs get their shot at State.