Coach: 8U Bulldogs 'something to watch for years to come'

8U Bulldogs

Bulldog 8U team members are, front row from left, Maddox Reeves, Casey Treadway, Will Cadenhead, Aiden Justice, Chase Williams; and middle row, Anthony St. Vincent, Jace Tolbert, Brayden Ruschmeier, Javin Shoemake, Joe Thomas and Bryce Dolce. Their coaches are, back row, Tony St. Vincent, Wes Treadway, head coach David Ruschmeier, Dennis Dolce and Paul Cadenhead.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 13:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Bulldog 8U travel team, which formed earlier this year, has represented Crestview well, head coach David Ruschmeier said.

Team members won four out of five tournament championships this season.

The Bulldogs ended their season last weekend by winning the End of Summer Bash in Biloxi, Miss., with a final season record of 19 wins and three loses.

Two of their three losses came while finishing with a fourth-place showing in Pace at the Nations Baseball World Series, competing against teams from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Ruschmeier expressed he was proud of the up-and-coming team.

“I’ve been around baseball a long time, a 1984 graduate and player on the State Final team led by ex-major leaguer Terry Taylor. I’m a Bulldog to the core and my wife (Cari) teaches at CHS as well,” he said. “This group of kids is something special and will be something to watch for years to come in this community. They have what it takes to compete at a high level.”

The team’s defense has been its strength, he said, adding, “We only gave up an average of four runs a game while scoring 14.”



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