Merry Christmas and Happy New Year / 2021 Brings New Spring Teams and a Brand New Baseball Facility to the Dawgs
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Texas Dawgs. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and is looking forward to starting our Spring 2021 baseball season just after the New Year.
While 2020 has been regrettable in so many ways, the Dawgs were lucky enough to have an outstanding inaugural year. We are so humbled by the positive response from so many to our organization and can’t believe in one year we have gone from 2 to 8 teams. This growth will not change, but will only enhance our efforts at player development on and off the field, communication and transparency.
We are very excited about what 2021 will bring for the Dawgs organization both on and off the field, including the opening of TD Sports Academy the Dawgs indoor/outdoor training facility home in February. More info on that in the coming weeks, but needless to say we are getting very excited about it.
We are so very appreciative and thankful for all of our coaches, players and families and everyone that has helped us launch and make this organization special. We believe it is the people and families involved that create the environment and culture that make people want to join the Dawgs.
Hoping this holiday season brings our Dawgs family a time of peace, joy and rest. Please try to trade time from our crazy world to enjoy family and friends, even if it is virtually because of the virus. We hope everyone can take time to remember special times of the past, make new memories and look forward to what is to come in the New Year, especially Dawgs baseball.
Bring it on 2021, the Dawgs are ready. Our theme for the new year is “Culture Matters” and you will be seeing that on our 2021 season t-shirt we will unveil next week.
12U Navy and 12U Gold with their pregame introductions courtesy of Mr. Shaw
Let the 12U Navy vs. 12U Gold Texas Dawgs Holiday Classic Game begin!
Inning number 2 was the only inning that saw no scoring thanks to solid pitching from Dante and Chase and some solid defense. The Gold flashed some leather up the middle with a 6-4-3 double play with Brody and Jayden making slick turns in the middle (video).
Brody and Jayden with the fancy double play up the middle in the 2nd inning
In the bottom of the 2nd, Zac had a key throwdown (video) to 2nd base to catch the runner from stealing to stop any idea of a rally.
Zac with the throw from home to get the runner out at 2nd
The Navy was able to scrape together another run in the top of the 3rd inning with Liam giving them a 5-0 lead by scoring on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the 3rd inning with the Gold needing a bit hit to get back into the game, Brady came up with the bases loaded and smashed a grand slam deep into the night (video) to put the Gold right back into the game. So, after 3 innings, it was 5-4 Navy.
Brady with the grand slam in the 3rd inning to pull the game to 5-4
The Gold got a scoreless frame in the top of the fifth with Weston retiring the side in order and setting them up for a chance in the bottom of the 5th. The Gold got their first two men on, but Noah retired the next two hitters leaving it up to Dante. With 2 outs and Brady and Brody on second and third, Dante drove a 2 strike pitch (video) into the left-center gap to plate both Dawgs and tie the game at 6, which is how the score ended.
Dante with the clutch hit to tie the game with a 2 run single in the gap with 2 outs in the bottom of the last inning
What a great way to end the fall season for both teams. We’ll see you back on the diamond in 2021! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!
The first fundraiser of 2021 will be a square pool for the NCAA National Semifinal Rose Bowl Game. This is the same site we used last year and had great success with the NCAA National Championship Game and the Superbowl.
This year, we decided to add in one of the NCAA College Football Playoff Semifinal games to mitigate the possibility that we can not run a March Madness pool (like we lost out on last year).
Each square will cost $20 and we will apply the total funds 60% to the Dawgs and 40% to prize money. The prize money for each pool will be $800 total with $200 for each quarter ($150 for a forward winner and $50 for the backward winner).
The remaining $1,200 per pool will go the Dawgs less the cost of the web site to operate the pools. We will advise on totals at the end of the pools and discuss the best way to apply the proceeds (whether it be towards world series costs, new team uniforms, etc.).
Last year, we were able to complete 6 total pools for the NCAA championship game and the Superbowl with 2 teams, now with 8, we will be hopeful of completing at least a few more. These pools represent not only a fun way to be involved in the games, but also a way to help fundraising for the Dawgs.
*** Important Instructions ***
Pool 3 (Sugar Bowl): https://www.superbowlsquares.org/TXDawgs2021-3 (filled)
Pool 2 (Rose Bowl): https://www.superbowlsquares.org/TXDawgs2021-2 (filled)
Pool 1 (Rose Bowl): https://www.superbowlsquares.org/TXDawgs2021 (filled)
How to Donate
Thanks in advance for supporting the Dawgs and remember these games (Rose Bowl, National Championship and Superbowl square pools) will be a meaningful piece to off-setting costs of spring and World Series trips.
Lets see how many we can finish!!!
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Here's to Good Times!