AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn High felt the sting last year of second place, falling to Hewitt-Trussville in the state championship series.
Now they're back in the title game with a vengeance. This time around they've got Hoover, a team with a history of talented baseball squads. Having gotten this far and lost a year ago, the Tigers are doing whatever it takes not to have that feeling again.
"We got beat last year and it's a big accomplishment to win it all so we feel like we want to get revenge and get back at them," senior infielder Rowdey Jordan said.
"The whole goal of the season is to win the last game of the season," head coach Matt Cimo said. "Most people don't think you have a successful season until you win the last game of the season so we get a chance to win the last game of the season again which is just great and hopefully we can come through."
Auburn's had a tough road to the title game. They topped the number one team in the state in McGill-Toolen in three games. Last week they got the sweep over Theodore to clinch the spot in the championship. It's that variety of success that could propel them to another state title.
"We lost the first game to McGill so we were already down so we know how to fight back and it's a three-game series for a reason and we understand that if we lose the first game it's not over and if we win the first game it's not over, we've just got to keep battling," Jordan said.
"We've faced a lot of good teams so we know what our game is so we know how to take it on the field and no matter who we play, just play our game," senior infielder Rawlins Cleveland said.
Game one against Hoover is this Friday at Paterson Field in Montgomery at 7 eastern, 6 central.