PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - There are two weeks until we decide state champions in Alabama, and only two days until AISA title games begin. Glenwood is going back for seconds this season.
Wendesday the Gators fight for their second state championship in a row, third in the last four years, and 22nd all-time. Their road to the title game hasn't been easy. They've faced elimination the last two rounds and fought through both times.
Perhaps that experience, and having 13 seniors, can lift them to title number 22.
"That's kind of what happened last year," senior Daniel Holley said. "We thought maybe coming in we'd sweep, but we actually got into a three-game series both times last year before the state playoffs and then we swept in the state championship. I guess it could help, more experience I guess this year."
"This time of year you've played almost 50 games," head coach Tim Fanning said. "There's nothing you're going to see that's going to surprise you. It's really about mental focus and being prepared the best we can be, not necessarily against who we're playing."
Head coach Tim Fanning seeks his eighth title as head coach of the Gators. Although there's been plenty of success in his time there, he still gets those nerves before the big game.
"I think when you're a competitor, it never changes, honestly," Fanning said. "I don't feel any different going into this one than I did the first one. To be quite honest I still have butterflies, I get nervous and it's not because of me as a coach, but you want these kids to realize their dreams."
Glenwood goes for title number 22 this Wednesday. first pitch at 11 a.m. eastern in Montgomery against Pike Liberal Arts.