The Bulldogs’ Garza-Gongora got off to a good start on the plate

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Phenomenal.

That’s the word Alexander’s head baseball coach Fernando Lemus would use to best describe senior Rocco Garza-Gongora’s game earlier this season.

The Oklahoma signee was in tears to open the year. In the first 12 games, Garza-Gongora is batting .486 with 16 runs scored and eight RBIs. In Alexander’s last three matchups, he’s hit a paltry .778 with five carries and six RBIs.

“He’s been phenomenal for us,” Lemus said. “He is our leader.”

What has allowed Garza-Gongora to be so good offensively so far is simple: he was just looking for the right place.


Tuesday was just the latest example of how deadly Garza-Gongora can be for the Bulldogs. He went 3 for 4 with a run, an RBI and two doubles as Alexander opened the District 30-6A game with a 5-1 win over the Nixon Mustangs.

In his four at-bats against the Mustangs, Garza-Gongora faced 22 total pitches. During his first three at-bats, he hit six pitches each time. In his last at-bat he saw four.

With his two doubles Tuesday — which came during his second and third at-bats — Garza-Gongora noted that Nixon was throwing a lot of off-speed pitches. However, when he was at the plate, the Mustangs gave him a lot of fastballs. So while he was planning for the off-speed, he adapted and jumped onto the fastballs with ease.

“I was just looking for my place,” Garza-Gongora said of his early offensive success. “I just work on my counts, swing at good pitches and just go from there.”

To say Garza-Gongora is confident might be an understatement. He is confident.

Whenever he steps onto the plate, he’s sure he’ll get to base – either with a punch or a walk. And Lemus has that kind of trust in the senior, too.

“If he gets to (base), we’ll score,” Lemus said.

Alexander has set some high goals for himself this season. She wants to be district winner and get a deep postseason run on her feet – hopefully by the state tournament. Fulfilling his dreams will undoubtedly require Garza-Gongora to continue his offensive success well into the year.

“He’s hot right now,” Lemus said. “Hopefully this continues throughout the district.”

Garza-Gongora realizes he must remain successful at the plate to help the Bulldogs. But that’s not all he has to do. In his opinion, he needs to help in every aspect of the game to ensure Alexander achieves his goals – from routine fly-outs to helping create double plays.

The Bulldogs started on the right foot to start the district. In such a competitive league, they can’t drop games. You know that in District 30-6A, anyone can beat anyone. And for them, they need Garza-Gongora to continue being the player he was at the start of this season. You need him to continue offensive dominance. And knowing the senior’s talent, Alexander is confident Garza-Gongora can maintain his success for the year.

“If he goes, we go,” Lemus said. “He is our heartbeat. He is our leader. He’s a great player.”

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