"We told our kids, it doesn't matter where you start at, the games in the regular season mean nothing. You've got to learn from mistakes and win late in the year, and we've been able to do that."
Both teams have ridden solid starting pitching and timely hitting to get to Charleston this week.
Hunter Greco (6-2, 1.47 ERA, 59 strikeouts in 472/3 innings) and Josh Rakes (6-2, 2.61 ERA, 40 strikeouts in 532/3 innings) have created a nice one-two punch at the top of Woodrow's rotation. Greco also leads the team with a .449 batting average and three home runs and has driven in 24 runs. Logan Wriston has a team-high 25 RBIs and is hitting .350.
"They've got a pretty good team," Brumfield said of Woodrow. "[Greco] throws the ball real well and he's an athletic kid. [Wriston] swings the bat pretty well. They're in this spot for a reason. They've won 13 out of the last 15 or something like that and it's teams like that you've got to be aware of."
Midland's Seth Kinker has been flashing his pitching exploits all season, culminating in an eight-inning shutout performance over Hurricane in the Region 4 semifinals, driving the Knights to a 1-0 win.
He also leads his team in batting average (.490), stolen bases (15), RBIs (29) and doubles (10).
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