PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Phenix City Crawdads have made an impression on the Sunbelt League in their two years of existence – as in, making it to the championship series twice.
They're looking for more this year, looking for a big stretch run to make a title finally happen.
At the halfway point of the year, it's been a season of halves for the Crawdads: half wins, half losses.
"We started out struggling a little bit, but we've been picking it up here these past couple of weeks," said infielder Josh Bobo.
"We're getting there," said head coach Mike Getkin. "We think we're over the vacation hump so we're looking for a strong second half and to really be right in the middle of this thing."
The Crawdads have clamped down so far this second half, winning six of their last seven. It's good enough for a 10-8 record and second place in the West Division.
"Past couple weeks we've been picking up," said infielder Tanner Knowles. "We've been swinging the bats better. We've just got to keep pitching."
Pitching is what you need to win this thing, and the Crawdads will be leaning on their arms to get them over the hump.
"I think we just have to have consistent innings out of our bullpen," Getkin said. "We've struggled in finding the right combination, but I think we've figured that out as well."
This team's used to winning – they've found themselves in the league championship each of the past two years, meaning this team might feel the heat as we get down the stretch.
"I wouldn't say there's any pressure, but there is," Bobo said. "We've made it there the past two years and that's kind of what we want to keep doing. We're going to have to pick it up a little bit to get there this year."
Good news is, if the season ends Thursday, they'd be in the postseason. If they get back, the third time just might be the charm for the Crawdads.
"I feel like we can do it this year," Knowles said.