SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) - Two 4A baseball powerhouses met for the first time this season. The Sumrall Bobcats and the Northeast Jones Tigers and both teams have something to prove.
The tigers are on their way to a record breaking season.
NE Jones head coach Jeremy Parker said, "This is the farthest we've made it in school history. We're one win away from tying the school history in wins at 23."
Sumrall senior Logan McGrew said, "Just them making it this far, they know how to win so we're going to have to bring our 'A' game."
The Sumrall baseball program is used to competing for the championship, but this year, they moved up a class.
"The biggest difference we're seeing between 4A and 3A is that in 3A playoffs you might see just one or two teams that are just ok," Sumrall head coach Larry Knight said. "I really think that 4A South is one of the toughest classifications in the state throughout."
Both teams attribute their successes this season to the bonds they have formed all year.
Sumrall senior Briar Russell said, "These guys are just my brothers I've been playing with them since I was in middle school. We've been there every year, my freshman through junior year, so we've always ended up at Trustmark and I don't want this season to end up any differently."
NE Jones junior Miles Smith said, "This is a great team with lots of senior leaders on this team and I think it has a lot to do with our winning."
NE Jones senior Brent Phillips said winning this series would mean everything.
"It would be huge for all of us because that's what every team dreams of. Just getting to south state and then eventually state," Phillips said.