Last weekend the Mexico varsity baseball team did the near impossible and started the season on the date it was scheduled to start on.

That by itself is such a rarity, akin to a winged-unicorn it's that incredibly unique that if this doesn't mean the Brandon Schafer-era of the Bulldogs on the diamond is going to be something special than nothing ever will.

The three games Mexico played over last Saturday and Friday were all neutral-site defeats and included a 7-1 loss to Marshfield on Mar. 16 that featured the Bulldogs allowing six runs in the first and another in the third on seven hits and two errors. For its part Mexico scored its lone run in the first and had five hits with three walks for the contest, which included Ty Prince going 1-for-2 with a run and a walk, Cole Whalen was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Zack Watkins went had a hit and one walk on three at-bats.

On the mound for the Bulldogs and taking the complete-game loss was Baylee Dukes, allowing seven runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings thrown.

"This weekend was a good gauge for where we are as a team. We struggled in the first inning of each game, giving up 15 of our 23 total runs in the 1st inning," said Schafer. "As a group, our pitchers did a nice job of locating their fastballs and off speed pitches. We've got to work on getting ahead in the count in order to see better results."

In the other game on Saturday the Bulldogs were defeated by Excelsiors Springs 10-0 as Ty Prince pitched one inning and allowed no hits or walks. Gage Worley also gave up zero runs in two innings on a hit and two walks and getting taken for six runs, zero earned, on five hits and three walks in two innings of work was Zach Mueller.

Even though Mexico gave up 10 hits and made two errors, it also charted four hits, which led to performances such as Prince drawing a walk in two at-bats and Baylee Dukes going 1-for-2. Designated Hitter Cody Rowe also gave a 2-for-2 performance and going 1-for-2 was freshman Daeye Miller.

"We had 16 hits this weekend, and 15 of those were singles. As a group we were able to adjust to the speed of the game and did a nice job hitting to the opposite field," Schafer said. "If we want to win more ball games, we've got to come up with more extra base hits."

On Friday the Bulldogs Dalyn Feigenspan was 1-for-4 with two-RBI and catcher Brett Wilson had a hit in two at-bats, yet the squad still found itself on the wrong side of a 6-3 decision against Mansfield. Worley also came in at 2-for-2 with a run and a walk, Whalen allowed three earned runs in four innings pitched on three hits and four walks and Watkins gave up three runs, zero earned, on two hits and a walk in two innings pitched.

"Defensively we had too many errors, and it was obvious we haven't been on a field much yet. However, there were several plays made that showed this is an area we can improve in, and hopefully help our pitchers reduce their pitch counts," said Schafer. "This week is a big week, with two conference games coming up, if we want to have a chance at winning the conference, these games are must-wins."

Mexico was at Hallsville on Monday.

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Nate Haefling, 12

Brett Wilson, 12

Dalyn Feigenspan, 12

Dylan Arnold, 12

Mason Craig, 12

Cody Rowe, 12

Jake Sims, 12

Tucker Dobyns, 12

Gage Worley, 12

Taylor Bledsoe, 12

Jeff Haines, 11

Jozey DeVault, 11

Baylee Dukes, 11

Riley Given, 11

Tyler Kirk, 11

Zachary Mueller, 11

Dawson Tate, 11

Kohlton Slater, 11

Zachary Watkins, 11

Jesse Fenewald, 10

Brendan Stice, 10

Cody Babb, 10

Austin Parks, 10

Hunter Woolfolk, 10

Ty Prince, 10

Deacon Haag, 10

Josh Forbis, 9

William Dobyns, 9

Brayden Dunn, 9

Tristan Playter, 9

Quayvon Belcher, 9

Dillon Smith, 9

Brock Smythe, 9

Daeye Miller, 9

Peyton Willer, 9

Isaiah Reams, 9