After winning the Southern Piedmont conference title last season, an inexperienced East Lincoln team is looking to get a momentum-boosting win against rival West Lincoln.
Coach Allan Chapman of West Lincoln says he knows the importance of this matchup.
"The fact that the last couple of years this game has had conference championship implications makes it even bigger," he said.
Last year, Chapman's team halted a 13-game winning streak for East Lincoln to give the Mustangs their only SPC loss of the season.
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"They are well coached and always play hard," East Lincoln head coach Chris Matile said. "We are going to have to take advantage of all opportunities we get."
The Mustangs lost eight seniors, including SPC player of the year Drew Spear last year. This left behind an inexperienced squad that is still trying to find its way.
Mustang head coach Chris Matile hopes his squad will be able to get it together by the time they face the Rebels.
"Hopefully by then we will be running on all cylinders," he said.
The Mustangs (4-3 through March 18) are led by a couple of seniors in second baseman Josh McPherson and center fielder Jarrett Ross.
West Lincoln also has its share of inexperience, which Rebels coach Allan Chapman attributes to their early season struggles.
The Rebels (2-4, through March 18)were ranked 11th in the Observer's preseason Sweet 16 poll.
The team is led by seniors Spencer Gardner and Trey Drewery, a member of the 2A all-state team last season. .
A pleasant surprise for the Rebels has been freshman pitcher Cameron High.
"Cameron has proven that he's mature well beyond a freshman and that he can have a big impact in the varsity level," Chapman said.