The 2015 season has been going rather well for the Bulldogs. During the first part of the season, the boys have been playing good programs and got the experience of tough competition before they hit their difficult 16-6A district. “I’m happy with our record but we’ve got a long road ahead of us. It’s a good start and a good position but our kids are hungry for more success,” Coach Byrd stated. The boys have indeed come a long way from the start and have defeated challenging teams such as Kingwood, Conroe, and The Woodlands. They were a couple of outs from securing a win against reigning Region II Champions, Atascocita, so they have shown they are capable of prevailing in this district. “I think they’re very resilient and very tough. The kids have an edge, they compete, and they get after it. The thing that stands out the most is that they’re very unselfish,” Coach Byrd said of his boys. The Summer Creek players do not necessarily care about their stats, they just want to contribute to the success of the team any way they can.
In order for the Bulldogs to be one of those final teams standing, they must sustain the competitive edge that they have right now and not let up, according to the coaching staff. “Teams are going to notice that we’ve won a couple of games and they’re going to want to get after us,” admitted Coach Byrd. Whether the teams have taken them lightly or not in the past, Summer Creek has been on their toes and they’re ready for the teams gunning for them.
There have been a few guys that have stepped up and have performed well so far in the season. Keagan Bear has been the main pitcher and done well at 2nd base too. “He’s been a vocal leader and he’s stepped up just like I thought he would,” Coach Byrd confessed. CJ Jackson has been figuring things out at the plate and found ways to get on base with good at-bats. Zack Scataglia is having timely hitting in crucial spots for the Bulldogs. 1B CJ Jackson knows that if they compete in every game, they’ll be in the playoffs. “We have to be able to fill up the zone and throw strikes. We have to get timely hitting and we have to be able to play sound baseball to win games,” Jackson said. P/2B Bear feels like if they play as a team, they can be unstoppable. “We need to play clean baseball and really hit the ball. We need to synchronize and hit as a team all the time,” Bear said.
As far as predicting how far they can make it this season, Coach Byrd says he and the boys need to take it one game at a time. “All I ask of my kids is to battle for 7 innings and just take it a game at a time. I think if we do those things, execute the little things, play clean defense, and pitch well, our result will speak for itself,” he said.
In the fall the boys are very involved in the Arm League and twice a week for six weeks about 15-20 baseball players will go out and help instruct the special needs kids with hitting, running, and throwing. Atascocita baseball also helps in this event with Summer Creek.
Jordan Byrd attended Barbers Hill High School where he played baseball, basketball, football, and ran track. He then went on to play baseball at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX. He credits his late father, Jackie Byrd, as the biggest influence on his life. For 42 years he was a coach in the Baytown area and was known for throwing BP until he was 65-years-old. “He was a phenomenal coach, did things right, made sure the kids did right, and just got after it. Those are the footsteps I’m following in; a pretty phenomenal man,” Coach Byrd said.