Andalusia Bulldogs in search of first state title

Andalusia Bulldogs look to capture state title (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Andalusia Bulldogs look to capture state title (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Andalusia senior Will Clark has a big week in front of him. Clark will graduate from high school on Friday, but before then he'll look to add a baseball state championship to his resume.

"We really feel like this is our year," said Clark. "We have a really special team and a really special shot at it,"

The Bulldogs will be playing Hokes Bluff in the Class 4A State Baseball Championships in Montgomery this week.

The 2017-2018 athletic year has been a year of close calls for the Bulldogs. Andalusia fell in the Final Four in both football and basketball but finally got over the hump on the diamond.

"We kind of joked around that we wanted to break that curse and we did," said head coach Tyler Dent. "We're going to go to Montgomery and we're going to compete like we have all year,"

"We had to get past that," said Clark. "We've gone a long way in football and basketball and now in baseball, we weren't gonna let it slip this time,"

It's been a total team effort the last four weeks that has pushed the Bulldogs into their first baseball championship series in program history.

"I think our offense really came alive in the playoffs for sure," said senior Ethan Wilson "Everybody in our order is starting to hit and we're just scoring runs. We're playing really good together as a team,"

"Our bond is what makes us the way we are," said senior Sebaskin Stallworth. "We're so close to each other. We're with each other every day of the week. Just that special bond makes us good as a team,"

With one last shot at a state title, the Bulldogs seniors are hoping to close out their high school careers with a happy ending.

"My goal has always been to win a state championship," said Wilson. "To go out with a state championship with be the best feeling in the world,"

Andalusia and Hokes Bluff will begin their best of three series on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.