DURANT, OK - The state tournament didn't look so clear early in the season for the Durant Lions, but the bats got hot at the right time.
"You know when you struggle pretty much the entire year and then all of sudden you get hot at the right time, it feels good," said head coach Ron Norman.
The Lions knew they were capable of playing better and just happened to be when regionals started.
"It just seemed like everyone was having bad days throughout the year and finally everybody starting coming together at the end,' said senior 2nd baseman Austin Joines.
"It's awesome, we knew we were better than what we had been playing and it's about time we showed it," said senior pitcher Alex Brooks.
Durant now returns to state for the first time in two years when they were able to reach the semifinals. Head coach Ron Norman sees a common trait from that team.
"We were awful young and kind of like we are this year," said head coach Norman. "It seems like this year our pitching has been just a little bit better, and you know in high school baseball if you can pitch, you got a chance."
Durant opens up the first round against Deer Creek, a team the Lions know well. The two scrimmaged back in February with Antlers coming away with the win.
"Hopefully we can go in this year and make a little noise again and don't put it off for eighty some odd years," said coach Norman.