Highlanders head coach Mitch Thompson said he learned something about his team after they took three of four games from conference foe, Grayson.
"We still had four guys in our rotation that hadn't touched the ball yet," explained Thompson. "I'm talking about three guys that have started games for us. So, I said, 'You know what? I think we have enough pitching depth that I think we can get through a regional tournament again if we're playing up to our ability.'"
MCC needed those Grayson wins to lock up a stranglehold on first place in the conference. Now, the Highlanders are looking at a projected two-seed in the regional tournament with only Ranger College in their way.
"They're a good ball club. We better come to play," said Thompson.
Still, with only seeding to battle for it could be hard to maintain focus. Sophomore team captain Josh Breaux admits this, but says the team knows better than to let off the gas.
"We're trying to get back [to the national championship] and win the whole thing," said Breaux, "But, at the end of the day, we have to compete every single pitch and every single game so that's what we're focusing on."
MCC will get Ranger at home May 2 with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. after that, the Highlanders will go on the road May 5 for a doubleheader against the familiar foe.
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