NTX Tribe’s Alexander Castañeda dominates on the mound, at the plate in 11-1 win
By: Luke White
Pitching five innings of one-run baseball with seven strikeouts is an impressive feat on its own. Couple that with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate with two extra-base hits and four runs batted in, and it’s a pretty mean 1-2 punch, to say the least.
Alexander Castañeda did just that on Sunday in the Five Tool Texas DFW Regional for NTX Tribe Ronnau in an 11-1 victory over NTX Elite Gutierrez at John Paul II High School. The 2024 graduate of Garland High School belted a double and a triple while fanning seven batters on the mound. The two-way player also helped his cause with four RBIs to lead the team.
“I treated it as any other game,” Castañeda said. “I like to be competitive and I go after what’s in front of me, whether it be on the mound or at the plate. I want to be the best I can be, no matter the game or who I’m playing.”
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Serving as a two-way player is nothing new to Castañeda, as he has pitched and hit throughout his baseball career. He says that baseball is most fun for him when he gets the opportunity to pitch while contributing to the team’s offense in the lineup.
“It’s hard for me to choose since I like both overall,” Castañeda said. “Usually I feel the most confident when I’m doing both, pitching and hitting, as a whole.
It’s clear that Castañeda’s success, whether it be on the mound or at the plate, helps him improve his game in other areas as he rides that success. This was most evident on Sunday, given his flashy statistics.
“I’m usually at my best [when I’m pitching and hitting],” Castañeda said. “When I’m pitching, my hitting goes well, and when I’m hitting, my pitching goes well. They go hand-in-hand.”
The dominant win gives Castañeda and his team momentum as the young season rolls on. While still just an incoming junior in high school, the uncommitted Castañeda is already looking ahead to his future and playing baseball at the next level.
“It’s a bunch of momentum that we’ll take over into the next tournament,” Castañeda said. “We’ll keep our heads up and keep moving forward. As a team and personally, I just want to win. No matter how I help my team or what I do, as long as we win, we’ll get opportunities to play more games, and that’s what matters.
“Whatever college allows me to continue my baseball career, I’ll take it.”