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James Monroe confident in return trip to Charleston


A year ago the James Monroe baseball team was the Cinderella story of the state tournament with no one expecting them to be there.

"We went in with a team that had never been out of the section before and then to go into the regionals and beat a team like independence and to get to the state tournament, was a shock to everybody," head coach Nick Newberry said.

Nearly 12 months later and here they are again back in the final four.

"You know last year we were really hoping to make the state tournament, this year we expected to make the tournament. I think now we have a great shot at coming out this year and competing and taking a chance to win the state championship," Newberry said.

In last year's semifinal they fell 4-0 to the eventual champs in Bridgeport and are once again facing a rematch with the Indians,looking to dethrone the giant.

"Well it's going to take everything we got you know. Errorless perfection baseball. So we're going to have to do everything right, which it's going to be difficult, but i really believe we can do this," senior Grant Mohler said.

"They lost a lot of key players and we still got our ace and i think we have a better matchup with them this year." added senior Connor Moore.

As the number seed with a record of 17-8 they know they aren't coming in under the radar,but still have a lot to prove.

"We know that we can play baseball and we know that we can play with the best. We've been doing it all year. So i think if we carry that into Charleston it'll do amazing things for us," Mohler said.

A team full of confidence that is looking to bring back the school's first ever male state championship.

"Down in the gym all they have is pictures of the girls state champions and we always wanted to be that first team. We couldn't get it in football this year, but this is..we got to the tournament and we're trying to bring it home," Moore said.

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