“We have been playing good the last month of the year,” CVA head coach Bobby Hughes said. ”We have been pitching well, throwing strikes, staying ahead in the count. We have been swinging the bats well for the last three weeks since we lost to Cornerstone 10-0 over there. We are just starting to put it together right now. Hopefully we can finish it (today).”
This is the first time CVA has been back in the AISA championship series since winning the title in 2007.
Hughes has a couple players remaining from that championship team and he said they do not really talk that much about being on that championship team.
“Yeah they said something about it,” Hughes said. “They don’t want to jinx stuff, they try to keep it real quite and simple I think.”
Hughes believes that the Rebels will have to continue to play on a high level in every aspect of the game to defeat a very tough Wilcox Academy team.
“They have done some things right,” Hughes said. “They got by Dixie and Abbeville, so they had to do some things right. They have been swinging the bats better than they have all year. They swept Dixie and Abbeville. That tells me that they are a pretty decent team. So we can’t take them lightly. We have to go out there and do what we have done at the end of the year; pitch well, play defense and keep swinging the bat. We are doing a better job at bat with certain counts. They are not swinging at curve balls in the dirt and I think that is a big reason we hitting the ball better.”
Playing at 10 a.m. will be a factor the Rebels will have to deal with in order to win the title.
“I think it is going to affect both teams,” Hughes said. “I don’t think neither one of us are use to it, but you just have to find away to get it done. We went through a lot of adversities here about different things, this is just something else that we have to overcome and get the job done.”
The Rebels (35-9) look to cap off their successful season by achieving the goal they set at the beginning of the year — a championship.
“We have had a successful season so far, we just have to finish what we started,” Hughes said. “We just have to get it done (today).”