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May 15, 2013 10:19 PM by Drew Collins - dcollins@kristv.com

Calallen, Flour Bluff Baseball Rivalry Renewed - Hornets Looking for 1st Victory Since 1992

CORPUS CHRISTI - Believe it or not, Flour Bluff has not beaten Calallen in baseball since 1992 - that's over 40 games in the series. The Hornets and Cats renew their long-time district rivalry Thursday night in the Region Quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

"We know all of those guys over there, playing against them for the last four years" Hornets shortstop Kolton Mims said. "We haven't beaten them in a real long time so it would be nice to go out there and get a win."

Flour Bluff was quick to point out the streak when we talked with them today; Calallen on the other hand, didn't talk much about the 20-year run.

"We don't think of the streak at all," Wildcats center fielder Preston Dorsey said. "What matters is now, and Thursday is right now, so that's what we're focusing on."

Both teams have been playing good baseball recently. Calallen swept Uvalde and Alice, while Flour Bluff has used game-three victories against Mission Vets and Gregory-Portland to get to the Region Quarterfinal round.

"We've been confident the whole way, but you still have to perform," Wildcats second baseman Lee May Gonzalez said. "You have to go out on the field and perform, you show everything on the field."

The Hornets are a confident bunch as well. Despite the lengthy losing streak to the Wildcats, their recent success gives them reason to believe.

"Being a playoff team - and we have been a playoff team for the last four years, I think going into this series the kids should be playing with confidence," Hornets head coach Ron Weikum said.

The Wildcats seem to be the favorites heading into the series. The obvious winning streak, a top-five ranking in the state, and a 32-3 record will do that. However, they're not taking the Hornets lightly.

"We know what kind of team they are," Wildcats head coach Steve Chapman said. "We know they're competitive and they're good each year, so it's not like they're going to be a surprise to us. We know they can play."

The Cats and Hornets open up the 3-game set Thursday night at 7:30 in Calallen. Game 2 is set for Friday night in Flour Bluff, and game 3 (if necessary) on Saturday.


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