HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) -
Hallsville Bobcat fans will have to make a choice Thursday night. The softball team plays in the regional final in Bullard, while the baseball team plays in the regional semifinals in Mesquite. Either way, it's a win-win.
On the softball field, the Lady Cats are preparing for the regional finals for the first time since 2001. Across the road, the Bobcats are gearing up for the regional semifinals for the first time since 2009. So, school pride is at an all time high.
"Its awesome because your town is behind you, your school is behind you," sophomore centerfielder Julie Rawls said. "Walking down the halls, everyone is asking how we are doing." Bobcat third baseman Austin Blakeley added,"Right now its mostly softball because they are one win from state so they are going to try and punch their ticket this week. We are pulling for them real hard, they are pulling for us."
Both squads are where they in large part because of pitching. Connor Reich is coming off an 18 strikeout performance while Cassidy Ferrill gave up just one run in two games last series. Both aces know their teams are depending on them to perform.
"Every time I go on the mound its tough," Ferrill said. "The whole team relies on me because I basically set the mood of the game." Reich added," It's exhausting, it takes a lot of energy out. But, if I don't do good then I have someone else on my team that will."
On top of trying to help his team make history, Reich will take the field with a heavy heart. Its safe to say the TCU commit will have a little extra on the line.
"My grandfather just passed away this morning ,so I am going to win this for him," Reich said. "That's what I'm going for now."
Battling adversity and pressure to take Hallsville to new heights, the respective teams have created a unique bond.
"We just all come together and play really good together, we are really close," sophomore catcher Emma Hawthorne said. Blakeley added,"It's like a brotherhood around here. We all look up to each other. When one guy does something great, we are out of the dugout high fiving."
The softball team who is set to take on Ennis will look to punch its ticket to the state tournament for the first time in 13 years. The baseman team meanwhile will face Frisco Liberty. The Bobcats will hope to advance to the regional finals for the first time in program history.