It was not all that long ago when questions were being asked about this year’s Nederland Bulldogs baseball team.
The Bulldogs were 1-3 to start District 20-4A and it looked like just making the playoffs would be an accomplishment.
Senior catcher Brian Feltman and his teammates have made the 1-3 start old news by positioning themselves to possibly grab at least a share of the 20-4A championship.
Feltman and the Bulldogs are tied with Vidor at 10-3 heading into Friday’s last district game. Nederland plays host to Beaumont Central while Vidor hits the road to face Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
Feltman has done his part for the young Bulldogs team this year. He is batting .303 and has an on-base percentage of .465 with 19 runs, 12 RBI and seven doubles.
Below are five questions to get to know Feltman.
GP: When this team was 1-3, were there any doubts?
BF: We knew what this team was capable of doing this year. We had a lot of young guys with no varsity experience. They got nervous in middle of games. That has gone away now and we are playing like we should have been all along.
GP: How special was it to be with Coach Cody Robbins when he won his 200th game?
BF: It was a special night just being on the field with him. That is a lot of wins. A number like 200 means we have a great coach teaching us and we are proud of him.
GP: Besides Port Neche-Groves, what team do you get the most pumped up to play?
BF: The Vidor Pirates. Everyone on both plays so hard. It is a fun game when every player is giving 100-percent. That is how games are supposed to be.
GP: Now that the district title is in sight, does this team have high expectations for the playoffs?
BF: Yes there are high dreams. We want to go as far as we can. We know how well we can play. Our pitching is really starting to come through so if that keeps going, we will be in good shape.
GP: As the catcher who sees him the most, does freshman pitcher Chase Kemp have ice in his veins?
BF: From the day he came he never gets nervous. That is how I feel about him. To watch a freshman do what he has done, especially the two-hitter in PN-G, it doesn’t get much better than that. He is beyond good.
Tune in next week for another round of five questions.