Comeback win fuels Wylie's confidence into state tournament


ABILENE, TX - In just two days, the Wylie baseball team will be back at it again at UCF Disch Falk Field on the campus of the University of Texas in the UIL state tournament hoping this time, the result is much different.

After a dominating season and playoff run, Friday's comeback win in the regional final against Godlely gave the Bulldogs its biggest test. The team, down three runs, had to rally in the game's late moments.

But the Bulldogs played confident, stuck to themselves, and one-by-one, runs came in and they pulled it out. Wylie was back on top, and now they'll be back for second-straight try at state with almost the same group of guys as the semifinalists from a year ago.

Not only is their previous state experience helping, but that big win on Friday, helping fuel their confidence going in.

But how about that dogpile?

"It looked like a lot of fun, but I'm telling you, if you're on the bottom, it was not that fun," joked catcher Lane Bourland on Monday. "But it was a lot of of fun and we enjoyed it. Most guys knew that we were still going to win that game, we still believed, and our goal the whole year was to get to the state tournament. We cut it close, but we had to make it happen."

Jared Asbil is one of the many guys still thinking about last year's state semifinal loss to Argyle, knowing this is another chance to get it right, saying "Knowing that we went last year and we didn't get the outcome we wanted and we pretty much brought back the whole team from last year and we were all there. We know what it takes now this time, and hopefully we can get it done."

Wylie faces Pleasant Grove on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the 4A state semifinal game.

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