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Abbott baseball gets rousing send-off

ABBOTT, TX (KXXV) -

Abbott baseball will be playing for a repeat state championship this week, but fans could not let the team leave without a send off.

At least 30 people packed the parking lot with gift bags and well wishes for the defending champion Panthers.

Abbott is headed to Round Rock for a second straight year, but this team will tell you their season has been far from a fairy tale.

"You start off 0-4 you don't really know who you are as a team yet," said senior center fielder Nolan Kaska. "but we found our identity and pushed through and now we're good."

Head coach Kyle Crawford also said a large talent gap from last season helped them cruise to a championship.

"We knew we were good and better than some teams because we had so much talent last year," said Crawford, "A lot of those kids are back but we had to deal with some injuries that we hadn't had to before."

Crawford has a double interest in this championship. Not only is he the head coach, but Abbott is his Alma Mater.

"Anytime you get to go on runs like this with young men and help them become young men through the game of baseball that's a lot of fun. but, When you get to do it in your hometown in front of people you know and people you grew up around with it makes it a little extra special for sure."

Abbott will play Fayetteville Wednesday morning at nine in Round Rock.

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