DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Providence Christian baseball took down the number one team in the state to advance to the final four and now the the team is looking to go all the way.
The Eagles took down top ranked T.R. Miller last week in the quarter-finals of the class 3A playoffs.
“It was awesome,” Providence Christian Head Baseball Coach, Casey Smith said. “We knew they were going to be a really good team coming in. We knew we had to play really good baseball to make it to this point. Our seniors stepped up and provided the leadership we needed.”
To the Eagles the big victory was just another game.
“Our opponents are really faceless,” eighth grader Frank Wells said. “We don’t really look at who we’re playing. We just play our game and do what we do.”
In another top ten matchup eighth ranked Providence will face fourth ranked Bayside Academy this week.
To get to this point, Smith credits the team’s chemistry despite a wide age range.
“I think it starts with our leadership,” Smith said. “Those guys embrace everybody, make everybody feel like part of the team. The ones that play a lot, the ones that don’t play as much. So our team chemistry is outstanding. They just understand that no one persons going to win the ball game. They play really together as a team.”
Providence won its first state championship in 2019 and they know what it takes to make it back to the big game.
“You gotta rely on each other,” senior Abe Chancellor said. “If you don’t rely on each other and you’re focused on yourself, can’t play for yourself, you gotta focus on others and play for each other.”
Chancellor uses his previous playoff experience to mentor the younger guys.
For him, winning it all again would be the perfect end to his high school career.
“Knowing the feeling, after that, it was phenomenal,” Chancellor said. “So having that experience with my seniors would be amazing.”
Providence will host Bayside Academy at home on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. An if necessary game is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m.