AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Just one month ago the Auburn High Tigers were on the bubble, just one game away from going home.
Their playoff lives rested on the shoulders of Central High School. They sneaked into the postseason after the Devils beat Smiths Station. Now they're playing for a state championship.
"I'm so happy for our seniors," head coach Matt Cimo said. There's a lot of good things going on right now."
"We have a lot of team chemistry that's coming together at the right time of the year," senior third baseman Harris White said.
The team is red hot right now, coming off back-to-back shutouts of McGill-Toolen in the semifinals. They put up a combined 19 runs in the two contests, and won by mercy rule in game two to clinch a state championship berth.
The bats are hot at the right time, as the team scored 38 runs in the last four games.
"It's great to watch it," senior pitcher Tyler Rabren said. "They're killing the ball right now."
"We've had some timely hit and guys are getting hot at the right time these past couple of weeks," White said.
Pitching and hitting are necessary, but to get this far these guys know you need a little luck too. These kids have some interesting superstitions that helped them get here.
"I've got like seven bucks in my pocket that we won the Central game with and I haven't taken out. I probably need it to eat food and stuff," Rabren said.
"I wear my glasses in the games and I bought some brand new white frames for my glasses before the playoffs started, but I decided to wear my black ones. I've been keeping the keeping the old ones out the whole series," White said.
"I haven't shaved all playoffs, and I don't plan on shaving until we get our ring," senior outfielder Cole Solomon said.
Now it's down to one series, and they're keeping the focus on one thing, a championship trophy.
"We weren't satisfied yet and I don't think we're going to be satisfied until we finish on top these last couple games of the season," White said.
"We've just got to keep our mind on the prize, keep practicing hard," Rabren said.
"I'm pumped. I'm ready for it. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm ready to take it on," Solomon said.
The Tigers will face Hewitt-Trussville on Friday and Saturday, first pitch Friday will be at 4 p.m.est. and 3 p.m.ct at Paterson Field in Montgomery.