The Hawley Bearcats are just one series win from going to the state baseball tournament for the first time in school history.
Dusty went over to Hawley to talk to the Bearcats as they prepare for New Deal.
Head Coach Jamie Seago said, “Our guys just held together, stayed steady, that’s what we’ve been talking about, I think we had maybe two errors over two games, had timely hits. These guys are a fun bunch to be around right now.”
The Hawley Bearcats are heading to the Regional Finals, and a key to the teams success has been from their seniors, led by Quay Stokes and Lane Culp.
Seago said, “They were here when we went to the Regional Finals when they were freshmen, they’ve got that taste in their mouth of getting beat out. I can’t say enough about those two young men. They’re like sons to me. They are like having coaches on the field. There are times I can sit back in the dugout, and they take care of the things, and they lead by example.”
Quay Stokes said, “It’s a special role Lane and I have, but we might be the senior leaders, but this team is full of guys that can step up at any time. Everybody on here has earned a spot.”
Lane Culp said, “Three years ago, in our freshman year, we were back in the same round we’re in now against Booker and we still have a bad taste in our mouth. We waited three years to get back into the spot we’re in now and we worked our tails off for it. We’re going to go in and fire it up.”
Stokes and Culp have led the Bearcats on the hill and at the plate, and when they aren’t there, they’ve been a huge influence in the dugout and off of the field.
Stokes said, “We always having an attitude to refuse to lose, and we talk about it quite often.”
Seago said, “It’s getting a base hit in a clutch situation, it’s striking out the side to finish off Game 2. They’re just two great individuals. They give a lot of glory to the man above and I can’t say enough about these kids and what they’ve done for this program.”
The Hawley Bearcats take on New Deal in the Regional Finals.
Game 1 of the Regional Finals is Thursday at Moffett Field in Snyder at 6 PM.