SALADO — For Casey Frazier and the Salado Eagles, Friday’s one-game playoff against Troy in the Region III-2A final isn’t any different from the rest of the series they’ve played this season.
Or is it?
“Well, maybe a little bit,” Frazier said. “Knowing that we only have one game, we just need to come out, can’t make any errors and just play a good game.”
Salado has only lost one game this postseason, falling in Game 1 of the area round against Teague.
Fortunately for the Eagles, that was a best-of-three series that they ultimately rallied to win with two victories the following day.
Salado hasn’t lost since that game against Teague, in which it committed 10 errors in an extra-inning loss, and is riding a wave of momentum after defeating Central Heights 11-1 in the series-clinching win of the last round.
“That makes you feel good going into it,” Eagle head coach Chad Krempin said.
But Krempin and his players acknowledged that the last round won’t have anything to do with what happens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
“They’re going to be a well-coached, quality team, so the runs are going to be harder to come by. We’ll try to find a way to put five or six on the board and see if that’ll be enough.”
Krempin also said there has already been trash talk aimed at his team, but on Tuesday, the Eagles weren’t eager to reciprocate.
“We’ll keep our mouths shut until the game,” senior Britton Hawes said. “We’ll prove it there.”
While the Eagles have been hot at the plate of late, having two pitchers like Frazier and Hawes to throw in one game also gives Salado confidence heading into Friday, Krempin said.
Krempin didn’t say which pitcher he’d start, but it was a good decision to have to make.
“Both guys have got under a 1.00 ERA,” he said.
Given that, and the proximity of its season-long goal of returning to state, the Eagles are primed, not nervous, for the upcoming challenge Friday in Belton.
“I don’t think anybody’s scared going into this one game. I think everybody’s ready to go get it done,” Hawes said. “They didn’t want a three-game series, so I guess we’ll have to take care of it in one.”