“We just could not hit at all. It was awful. They’re pitching was okay. We just weren’t hitting,” Cleburne County coach Vaughn Lee said Wednesday. “Didn’t see it coming because we had hit all week in practice. We had all these big arms come in in batting practice and we hit real well all week.”
“When we got behind, I felt like we pressed,” Lee added. “We pressed so hard that we didn’t play well because we were pressing.”
Lee said the winning run in Game 2 came when hurry-up runner Josh Davis stole third base and then reached home when the throw to third kicked away from the third baseman.
The 2013 edition of the Tigers was the first to reach the third round of the playoffs and they accomplished the fete without a “star” player.
“This team continued to improve even after the regular season was over. They really paid attention to a lot of the details, all the little things I was trying to teach them. A lot of the things we preached, they really worked hard to do,” Lee said.
“It was a group that really wanted to be good.
I think they aimed to please the coaches and they aimed to do it the right way and took a lot of pride in that.”
“Because this group lacked the star power … I think they realized they had to do those things to win,” Lee noted.
This year’s team also benefited from a spirit of camaraderie and unity.
“They enjoyed being around each other,” Lee said. “When practice was over, they just hung around.
They enjoyed being around each other as a group … and they enjoyed baseball.”