HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) -
No matter what happens Thursday night down in Round Rock in the state semifinals, the Hallsville baseball team has accomplished something no other squad ever has. The Bobcats have had a remarkable season, but have more work to do.
"First off it was just a dream, I never thought of it actually happening," senior catcher Nathan Bailey said "I always wanted to go to state, but I didn't think as a team we would."
That dream is now a reality as Hallsville is headed to the state tournament for the first time ever. Before this season, the Bobcats hadn't advanced past the regional semifinals, so its already a banner season.
"For three years, my oldest brother always said they will remember 2009, and after this past one I said they will remember 2014," senior pitcher Connor Reich said. Senior outfielder Lance Lassen added," When you see all the signs I mean you think we are pretty good team, but we have never been to state. Its a blessing to have made it this far."
A big reason why Hallsville is headed to Round Rock is because of its pitching. Reich and company have thrown three shutouts in this run to state.
"All we try and do is get one run," Reich said. "If we get one run then we feel we have the best pitching out there so we will win the game." Bailey added,"We know if we put one up we have a chance, but the more runs we score, the better we feel about ourselves."
Gunning for the school's first ever championship in any sport puts a little pressure on the boys, but they say Aledo has more to live up to.
"They have three other teams from that school that has won state," Reich said. "You know us, we are just having fun, and we have to go out and play our game and we will win it." Bailey added, "I'm always nervous that first playoff game, but I think once we get there and settle in just a little bit, it will be really fun."
What would make the experience even better is dog piling on Friday night after winning the Class 4A title. For Lassen, he's already thought about what it would feel like.
"I hit the ground crying thanking God that we had made it this far," Lassen said. "He is going to be with us on the field Friday night when we dog pile to win that thing."
The first pitch from Dell Diamond in Round Rock between Hallsville and Aledo on Thursday night is set for 7 o'clock.