WEST SABINE, TX (KTRE) - You don't typically find baseball teams practicing on basketball courts, but if you're looking for the West Sabine Tigers that's where you'll find them.
Despite practicing in basketball gyms for the better part of two months now, the Tigers find themselves battling in a regional semifinal against Harleton.
West Sabine has had a constant battle with weather alone like most East Texas teams. Playing conditions have wreaked havoc on the Tigers' games with cancellations and rain delays, but still West Sabine has clinched back-to-back district titles and enters this series with a 21-8 record. Harleton is 24-2.
"I feel like we come from a pretty tough district. We just came off a grueling three game series with Colmesneil last weekend. Every game came down to the last at bat," said head coach Kevin Lane. "These guys [Harleton] I know they're good at 24-2. You know there's no easy outs in this round of the playoffs and they're going to be ready to play just like we're going to be ready to play."
The last time West Sabine faced Harleton was last year where the Tigers came out on top 6-0.
"They're a good, fundamentally sound team. They have one pretty good kid on the mound. They swing well and run the bases good," said Lane.
West Sabine and Harleton will play a best-of-three-game series all at Gary High School. Game one will be Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. Game two will be Friday at 6:00 p.m. If necessary, game three will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m.