High School Baseball: St. Albans eyes repeat title victory
St. Albans finished its best season ever on top. The Red Dragons claimed the Class "AAA" state title for the first time in program history in 2017.
Now with a repeat or bust mentality, the Red Dragons hope to make history again.
"It would mean a lot for the city of St. Albans. It's big because it's never happened before. We're looking to do (win) it again," Junior Jake Carr said.
"It's hard to get there like we did last year. It was an excellent experience for our community, for the kids and school. Any time you win, it's a great experience," St. Albans head coach Rick Whitman said.
You could make the argument St. Albans is the hottest team entering the postseason after knocking off Greenbrier East in the regional round. The Red Dragons outscored the Spartans 30 to nothing in the two-game sweep, including a 17-run inning in game one.
"We just caught fire and coach Hudson said he thought there was going to be a day where we caught fire and we did and hopefully we can take that to the state tournament," Carr said.
"I told the guys in this regional let's play like it's single-elimination and do it the easy way, and they did that," Whitman said.
To complete the repeat, the Red Dragon's say it's as simple as playing the way they've played all season. Don't try to fix what's not broken.
"These guys have been there, they know what it's about. They enjoyed the run last year and want to give it shot again this year," Whitman said.
"Just play how we know how to play. Don't go out there thinking teams are better than us when they're not and play how we know how to play and we'll be fine," Carr said.