SEMINARY, MS (WDAM) - Last year the Seminary baseball team got knocked out of the playoffs in the Second round by St. Andrews Episcopal. This year the Bulldogs made it all the way to South state and they get another chance to take a swing at the St. Andrews Saints.
Head Coach Jeff Graves said, "I do feel like we're the better team, but they put us out of the playoffs last year. There is a little bit of resentment to that fact."
"We felt we were better than them last year, and things just didn't go our way and this year we have a little bit of a chip on our shoulders to go back and correct that," Graves said.
Senior Anthony Clapp said, "Saint Andrews is a tough opponent. We're not taking them any lighter than we have taken any other opponent all season. We're going to have to come out and play a good baseball game. I know we're capable of doing it and I think we will do it."
Seminary has not made it to the Championship round since 2003, but Coach Graves and his hardworking coaching staff have seen this year's squad grow into a team worthy of the title.
"It's one of my biggest dreams going out there and winning south state and then going on to win State," Clapp said.
"It's come time to put it all together. They have worked really hard gone all the way through playoffs by playing only two games in each series," Graves said. "This has been about four years in the making. Most of these guys started about 4 years ago or three years ago and they have just really worked hard to get here."
Senior Cody Quick said, "Our big thing is just to stay focused and keep our mind on the game and go out there and perform to the best of our abilities and just hope the outcome comes out our way."
With a chance at redemption against the Saints and a shot at the championship the Bulldogs have a lot to prove this series.
"We're just going to let our play on the field do the trash talking," said Quick.