With just a few regular seasons left in high school baseball, it will be a battle royale down the stretch in District 30-5A.
Veterans Memorial enters play at 10-1 with King a game behind at 9-2. Carroll is three games back at 7-4, with Victoria East and Moody following at 6-5.
Vets players certainly know what it takes to make state after making the semifinals last season.
They can beat you in so many ways with power and very solid pitching staff.
That strength has them considered among the favorites to make it back it back to Round Rock.
But there’s still much work left, especially playing in the rigorous district which is considered as one of the toughest in the state.
“Hitting is contagious for us,” Veterans Memorial senior M.J. Rodriguez said. “We never know who is going to be the hero that night or who is going to do what so whether we are struggling or not. Everyone knows that someone is going to do something and just keep it rolling from there.”
Veterans coach Lee Yeager said his team must maintain its concentration in order to succeed down the stretch.
“We just have to stay focused,” Yeager said. “We have had situations where we have gotten up on guys and we let them back in games.
“We want to get our guys focused in, locked in. I think talent-wise we have just as much talent as everyone else, we just have to go out there and utilize that talent and make sure they are playing well every day.
“Pitching has done good, defense has been well, we just need to get a little more consistent on offense and I think we will be O.K.”