But despite the disappointing way that game ended, it proved to the T-Wolves one thing: The knowledge that they could play with — and defeat — anyone. It’s a sentiment that has the Timberwolves entering today’s game not shying away from anyone.
“There are no teams in this tournament as good as that team,” Aylor said. “Our guys have faced a tremendous amount of adversity, but they’re tough and battle-tested. They believe they can win it all, and that’s half the battle.”
This year’s squad is the fourth Norman North team to advance to the state tournament, and would be the first to win it. But to do that, the Timberwolves must first go through Bishop Kelley, which enters the tournament as something of a surprise after putting together a 12-17 record to this point.
Due to the single-elimination format of the tournament, neither team will be holding anything back. The Timberwolves are expected to start either Brad Kinsey or Austin Cranford and expect to get Bishop Kelley’s top hurler as well.
But, while the coaches strategize over pitching decisions and lineup moves, the T-Wolves are just ready to get on the field.
“I’m just ready to play,” Herron said. “We know we can play a couple good days of baseball, and that’s all it takes.”
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