Ariton, Ala. (WDHN) — As high school baseball playoffs continue Wiregrass teams are working to keep their state title hopes alive in the quarterfinals.
The Ariton Purple Cats are hosting a team they knocked out of the playoffs last year.
They know they’re coming for revenge but the Purple Cats’ resiliency has proven successful so far this postseason.
Friday night Ariton will host Fayetteville in the quarterfinals.
“They’re going to be a good team,” Ariton Head Coach Logan Dunlap said. “They’re going to be scrappy and they’re going to give us a good fight.”
Last season the Purple Cats eliminated the Wolves in round two on the road.
This time the Wolves will make the trip into Purple Cat country.
“That’s probably the biggest factor in the playoffs, home field advantage, for us anyway,” senior Brodie Cook said. “We have an amazing student section that always comes out every round to support us and it makes all the difference.”
Home field advantage paired with resiliency has been a recipe for success for the Purple Cats.
In round two last week Ariton was down 5-0 in game one against Ranburne but fought back to win 7-6 and took the next game 8-2.
The team is counting on that resiliency to carry them through another round.
“I’m super proud of the way they responded,” Dunlap said. “That’s something we talked about all year. When bad things happen you’ve got to respond and they did that the best they’ve done all year really so hopefully that gives us some momentum and some confidence going into this round.”
Ariton’s record sits at 18-14 and they enter this match up on a five game win streak.
It’s a chemistry like no other, team members say, that makes this Ariton team successful on the diamond.
“It’s just the way we’ve got each other’s backs,” sophomore Caden Collier said. “If something bad happens we respond together.”
Ariton battles Fayetteville Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with a tiebreak scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.