Surging South Callaway poised to start defense of state crown
The South Callaway Bulldogs have a baseball roster stacked with more experience than an old pair of shoes.
Players with hundreds and hundreds of games growing up, tournaments filling every weekend from April through June, starting at age 7 or 8.
They've played more games than a politician.
In addition, they also have state-championship experience --- the Bulldogs, not the politician.
That might help explain why the defending champs --- who lost only one player from last year's team --- have lost eight games this season, and why they're only ranked No. 7 in the state.
Cruise control? Maybe.
No. 7? We'll see about that.
"Every year has its unique challenges," Bulldogs head coach Heath Lepper. "This year, no matter how much you try to avoid that complacency or whatever you want to call it, it's still going to creep in a little bit.
"We talked about it last year with us returning a lot of our key players (from the team that went to the Final Four in 2016), and we've talked about it this year."
Well, something happened to this team after beating Fulton 4-1 last week to end the regular season at 19-8.
"At practice the next day," Lepper said, "there was definitely a different demeanor. Everything they did had a little more purpose to it, there was a little more attention to detail.
"I don't know if you'd say the switch has been flipped, but they know from here on out it's win or go home. It's not like we were wasting our time or spinning our wheels (in the regular season), but they know from here on out, it's about one thing."
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