Last year, the Fulshear baseball team came one game short of making the playoffs. This year, the Chargers enter the postseason as one of the top 4A teams in the state.
Fulshear is ranked No. 9 in the latest Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll in Class 4A, but polls mean nothing as the playoffs begin. The Chargers will open the postseason on Wednesday against Navasota in a three-game bi-district series at Klein Cain High School in northwest Houston.
Head coach Robb Jensen feels his team is ready for a strong playoff run despite its lack of playoff experience.
“The best programs I’ve been a part of have great chemistry and great senior leadership. This group has both,” he said. “We’ve been in several close games down the stretch that has prepared us for the type of games we can expect in the playoffs.”
Fulshear has a very strong pitching staff, led by senior Dylan Theut, Travis Long and Josh Hayes. The Chargers also have some big bats in their lineup, including Julian Brock, Chris Duncan and Jacob Shamban are a few players that have been hitting the ball well the last few games.
Jensen hopes his team is ready for the rocky ride of the playoffs. “A playoff series is going to be full of ups and downs. The team that understands that and doesn’t get too emotional during either one of those times usually comes out on top,” he said.
Navasota has struggled in the regular season with a 5-15-1 overall record, but the Rattlers beat La Grange 3-0 last week to get the fourth playoff spot in District 26-4A.
What makes Navasota a tough out is a good group of seniors that are on a team that won 20 games last season. Pitcher/outfielder Kaleb Wisnoski, infielder/pitcher Dylan Bonnain and senior outfielder Thomas Roberts lead a Rattler squad with a lot of playoff experience.
“At this point of the season you throw records out. We’ve been successful because we’ve thrown strikes and played good defense,” Jensen said.
“We need to continue to shorten games by erasing base runners and taking advantage of the other teams mistakes. We also can’t get caught up in trying to be the hero. Take what the other pitcher gives us and adopt the ‘get the next man to the plate’ philosophy and we’ll be fine.”