The North Lamar Panthers are hoping to clinch their first state title berth since 1987.
"Here's the line I've been using with a lot of people. It feels like I'm living in a dream and I just ask that nobody wake me up, because if they do, I'm coming up swinging," said head coach Scott Igleheart.
The Panthers have ran through the postseason behind timely hitting, and the strong pitching of two college bound seniors, Daniel Gibbons, who will pitch at West Point, and Brandon Dusenberry, who'll play at William Jewell College.
"We've really bought into the concept of a team and playing for each other, and trusting the process rather than the individual results," said Gibbons.
After knocking off Melissa, the Panthers will get top-five ranked Argyle in this weekend's Regional Finals. They know they may be overlooked, but that doesn't bother them.
"Bunch of hicks from Lamar County rollin' in there and we kind of use it as a chip on our shoulder, and I just hope we go out there and perform well like we can. If we play at the top of our game I feel like we can pull it off," said catcher Jacob Cowling.
North Lamar and Argyle will play game one of their series at McKinney Boyd, Thursday at 8, game two at North Lamar on Friday at 8, and game three at McKinney Boyd Saturday at 6 if necessary.