It is not so much the fact Westwood has gone almost a quarter of century without winning a state baseball championship that bothers head coach Al Timmerman.
It is the fact they have been unable to win state championship despite being so close since their last championship in 1988.
Coach Timmerman is hoping his team can break down the door in this year's GISA Class A state championship series against Crisp Academy.
One of Westwood's close calls to winning a state championship game last year when they were swept at Crisp in the state finals.
While Crisp Academy lost six starters from last year's state championship team, Westwood lost just one senior.
The returning Westwood Wildcats have not forgotten the end to last season.
Al Timmerman said. "It has become a rivalry. whatever, we are playing. In basketball, football, baseball or whatever it is just going to be good to have a good old fashioned backyard rivalry playing."
Infielder Caleb Morrell said. "It is where all of our motivation comes from. Getting put out last year. Getting swept."
Pitcher Douglas Nobles said. "We have played them six times. We know what they have got. they know what we have got. We are ready to play. "
The Westwood Wildcats host Crisp Academy in game 1 at 1:00 p.m. Friday.
Game 2 is 1:00 p.m. Saturday with a third game if needed to follow game 2.
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