Like his coach, Underwood said the Bears are out to do more than just make a long-overdue return visit to the state tournament.
“We knew we could make it this far and we’re so proud to be in the spot we’re in now,” he said. “After we won regionals there was a feeling where you just can’t get a smile off your face. But now all we want to do is win state.”
The Bears have the tools to do it. They have a deep pitching staff behind Underwood, something that is key as the single-elimination tournament progresses. They also have a potent offense that put up 47 runs in three games at the district tournament. More importantly, at least to Anglin, there’s no more pressure on the team.
“You could feel that pressure in regionals, but now I think the kids will be relaxed and just come out to play at state,” he said. “This town is behind us and even though we’re young, we have a lot of experience. We have a chance to make history.”
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