“The message to the team is trust what we do,” White said. “We’ve worked hard in the offseason. The goal has been state playoffs regardless. I told them the first 13 games of the season got us to where we are.”
Dutchtown went 9-4 during that stretch but lost 4-3 to Woodland this past Monday.
“The next 13 will determine whether we get extra games or not so it goes back to the philosophy of good to great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting with the speed,” White said. “When you have those keys you have what I call controlled-chaos baseball.
“You don’t have to have a power bat or a power arm but if you got nine guys who can do the little things, you can have teams that overachieve that are underdogs,” he said. “We feel good about our chances and I like the intensity and approach that the guys are taking.”
Leading this squad are seniors Daniel Vargas, Michael Warren and Winston Odom, and juniors Sam Glickman, Gerald Carter and Jordan Griffin.
“I have a second-to-none coaching staff,” White said. “Those guys are invaluable in terms of the instructional piece that we need. Then, we inherited a very solid senior class and a very deep junior class.”
“Coach White has been a big help to us spiritually,” Vargas said. “I think having him as our coach was the best thing that happened to Dutchtown.”
After spending the past four years at Mt. Zion, White replaced Michael Breedlove.
Up next for White’s squad is Spalding on Friday and Griffin on Wednesday. The Bulldogs lost to both teams by double digits.
“In order to beat Griffin and Spalding, it’s going to come down to what we did the first stretch of the season,” White said. “We have to understand who we are and who we are not.”