For the last time this season the Woden Eagles took the field just outside the front doors of their high school.
Before grabbing their gloves the players gathered around head coach Brad Stevens.
"Lets go out there and handle our business," Stevens said. "This is not a vacation. We are there to play some baseball games."
With the pep talk, the players did what they always do and that was concentrate on the task at hand. Woden will play Muenster in the 2018 UIL baseball semifinals Wednesday night in Austin. The winner will go to the state game the next day.
"It is hard to put into words," Stevens said. "I am proud for these players to get to go and do something special."
It will be the first ever trip to state for the team. The game against the Hornets will not be easy. They will match up against the defending state champions in 2A.
"We are going to see their best and they are going to see our best," Stevens said. "We got to win game 1 to have an opportunity to play game 2. We are going to give them everything we got."
The trip to state comes after a heartbreaking loss in the regional final last year. Groveton would win two games in a row in the best of three series to claim the trip to state. This time around, the Eagles knocked the Indians out in the regional quarterfinals. This year it was another team of Indians standing in their way.
After easily winning game 1, the Eagles would drop game 2 to Douglass in this year's regional final. If you were in the dugout, you would have never known.
"We were not too worried," Luke Alvis said. "We knew we felt good about what we had for the final game. We just had to go out and handle our business.
Douglass would score two quick runs in the first inning but after that Woden took over and won 8-4 to claim the trip to state.
"The Groveton loss was hard, "Ethan Jacobs said. "We used it as motivation to work hard and get better. They joy we felt when we beat Douglass, I hadn't felt before."
Woden will play Muenster at 7 pm Wednesday from Dell Diamond. If they win, they will play in the 2A state championship at noon on Thursday. Fans can send the team off at a special event on Tuesday from the Woden School at 9 am.
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