For the Pottsboro Cardinals, it's been four up and four down, with sweeps in the Bi-District round over Farmersville, and in the Area Round over Eustace. The sweeps send them to the the Regional quarter finals, which has plagued them for the past 2 years.
"These guys have worked really hard to get there," said Pottsboro head coach Bart Williams. "We're starting to play our better baseball at this time, and good things start to happen when that starts going that way."
The Cardinals seem to be the complete package, with great pitching, outstanding defense, and of course a stellar offense.
"I think we play with a lot of heart, and our pitching has been dominant this year," said Pottsboro shortstop Hunter Watson. "I think one thing for us that we stress during practice, is defense. That's been a big thing that's helped us this playoff season."
"Something we've been able to do is play great defense and throw strikes," said Williams. "Those are two things that we've focused on all year to get us this far."
Pottsboro will take on a Grand Saline team that has been tough to beat this year, racking up 19 wins. But, this Cardinals team knows what they have to do to pick up another playoff series win.
"We're not going to get blown out if we're playing great defense, and if we're pitching," said Williams. "If we're doing those two things, and we're in the game, then we have a chance."
"Our motivation is to prove ourselves and show that we're not pretenders," said Pottsboro pitcher Coby Landford. "We're out here, we're a serious baseball team, and we're trying to make a run for it."
Pottsboro and Grand Saline will battle it out on Thursday at Wylie East.