CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) - The ultimate high school baseball regional final has been set for Class 3A.
No. 2 Central Heights will now face No. 1 West.
This matchup doesn't get any better, especially for the 14 seniors who finally made it past the regional semifinals in their third and final attempt. The veterans made it to the regional semifinals their freshmen and sophomore year and each time fell short.
The Central heights, West game is a year overdue.
These two teams were ranked within the No. 1 and No. 2 spots last year and were expected to duke it out. That was until the Blue Devils got stunned with a short playoff run, while West went on to win state.
"They have been scouting us since last year," said head coach Robert Ellis. "They've scouted us for at least three games that I know of, probably four throughout this season anticipating this game."
Playing the reigning state champions may be intimidating for most, but it's a team these Blue Devils can't wait to face off against.
"You have to go into it as just another game. You can't let that get in your head or else it will mess with you," said sophomore pitcher Grayson Rodriguez. "You just got to play baseball like you have and like you would against any other team."
"They got at least three pretty good pitchers, but I don't think they have anything that should be any trouble for us," said senior second baseman Sam Haley.
Central Heights will have the home field advantage in this series as all the games will be played at Stephen F. Austin. Game 1 will be Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Game 2 is Friday at 7 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 will be Saturday at 3 p.m.