Titans want to make statement
May 10, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Very few of Victoria East's players have ever taken the field against Corpus Christi Moody.
"They really don't know the Moody mystique," said East coach Wes Kolle.
Kolle would just as soon his players remain oblivious as the Titans (20-11) enter their best-of-three game Class 4A area playoff series against the Trojans (23-3).
Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi's Cabaniss Field.
Game 2 will be played Saturday at 4 p.m. at Riverside Stadium and Game 3, if necessary, will follow Game 2.
"We're focusing on us," Kolle said. "We're not worrying about who's in the other dugout. We feel like if we take care of us and execute the fundamentals we'll have a chance at the end."
The Titans swept San Antonio Burbank in a best-of-three game bi-district series, while Moody swept Roma.
Kolle elected to play a series against Moody rather than flipping for one game.
"We have some depth on the mound," he said. "I've never been a fan of one game. When you do have some depth on the mound, you're better off playing a series."
The Trojans have few weaknesses and are ranked No. 4 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association's state poll.
Moody has made 10 trips to the state tournament, eight as a Class 5A school, and won two state titles, including the 2007 Class 4A championship.
"It's the same Moody baseball that it's been for the last 20-something years," said Kolle, who played against the Trojans when he was at Victoria High and coached against them at Memorial. "They do what they do and do it pretty well. They pitch good, they're fundamentally sound , they have good team speed. They don't sit back. They go out and try to make things happen."
East advanced to the area round last season before being swept in a best-of-three game series against Corpus Christi Calallen.
Kolle knew it would take some time to build a program when East opened in the last school year. He also knows what a win over Moody would mean for the Titans.
"We talked from Day 1 about how no Victoria team has advanced past the second round since 2004," Kolle said. "We know we're going to get to a Moody or a Calallen and we have to go through them. This could be a statement series for us."
NOTES • In the event of rainout on Friday, the teams would play a one-game playoff Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cabaniss Field.
• The winner will advance to the regional quarterfinals against the winner of Friday night's Calhoun-Flour Bluff game.