The Bishop Badgers find themselves just one series win away from returning to the state baseball tournament.
This 3A powerhouse made it there in 2015 and they’re here again knocking on the door to Round Rock.
Coach Mike Mendina and his coaching staff has the Badgers tearing up the competition. They have 29 wins and counting and they have not lost a playoff game yet.
They get Blanco in the regional finals starting tomorrow.
The Badgers can beat you in so many ways. They have a stellar pitching staff. Kobe Jaramillo is a perfect 12-0. And Nic Hernandez, a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi commit, is 11-1.
It’s a terrific program and they love their baseball in Bishop.
“It’s a baseball town, it’s a baseball community,” Mendina said.“They are very passionate about their baseball. This year celebrates the 40th year of BX3, Bishop Badger baseball and we are just trying to honor the community.”
Hernandez is excited about what the Badgers still have in front of them this season.
“We trust in our coaches and the guys we have,” Hernandez said. “It’s a small circle and we don’t let anyone in our circle. It’s the just the guys who are here every day and just trusting them and team chemistry.”
The team’s chemistry is the biggest reason for its success, according to Jaramillo.
“It’s about having numbers and everyone coming out and competing every day and making the starters play better,” Jaramillo said. “The backups are great, too, because they are on the starters’ butts. It could be a different lineup every day and the coaches prepare us so well and gives us a good look in practice. Just stay focused and ready to play.”
The Badgers play great defense, too. It’s really hard to find a weakness on this ballclub. It is just a solid all-around team.
Here is their playoff schedule against Blanco:
GAME 1 THURSDAY 7 p.m.
GAME 2 SATURDAY 2 p.m.
GAME 3 30 MINUTES FOLLOWING GAME 2 IF NECESSARY
(ALL GAMES AT JOURDANTON)