SALADO — After his Salado Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a shutout of Florence on Saturday, Casey Frazier admitted he’d been peeking ahead on the Eagle schedule.
“I don’t know about the team,” Frazier said, “but I’ve been wanting playoffs for a few weeks now.”
Fortunately for Frazier, the playoffs are here and the Eagles (20-7) can now begin the trying task of attempting to return to state.
And with fond memories of last season fresh in mind, Frazier and his teammates welcome that challenge.
“Last year, it was so much fun just to go out there and keep advancing,” Frazier said. “So that’s the goal again this year.”
While Salado enters the postseason on a winning note, head coach Chad Krempin still felt the Eagles had room for improvement before the playoffs begin.
Yet with a rock-solid pitching staff, Salado has a good starting point.
“The bottom line is (Florence) didn’t score (Saturday), and they hit some balls sharply, but when we have to make pitches we do,” Krempin said. “Our ERA on the season right now is like at a 0.97.
“So we have great pitching and we have a lot of (arms).”
The key to getting back to state will be at the plate, Krempin said.
Salado had one multi-run inning against Florence on Saturday but missed opportunities for more.
If the Eagles can begin capitalizing on similar opportunities, Krempin said they have a good shot of making a deep postseason run.
“It’s just offensively if we come alive we’ll have a great chance to go back to Round Rock,” Krempin said. “We’ve been shaky at times offensively. If we can just get hot, I think we’ve got a chance.
“We’ll see. Hopefully, we do.”
And Frazier and his teammates will certainly be looking forward to it.