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GRAYSON CO., TX -- Gunter and Pottsboro are used to seeing each other and used to being good.
For the first time in years the two schools haven't met up in the regular season, instead they'll meet for the first time in the third round of the playoffs, adding to their storied past.
"It's going to be a lot higher intensity, I guess you could say. I really want to beat Gunter honestly," Pottsboro senior Dallas Sewell said.
He and the other six Cardinal seniors have never beaten Gunter in baseball in their entire high school careers and know it would be something special if they could pull it off in their most meaningful meeting ever,
"We kind of have this chip on our shoulders, we're going to carry that over into this series and hope that everything works out for us," Pottsboro senior Mikey Wade added.
The Cards and Tigers are equally hot. Pottsboro just rolled through their district winning all 14 match ups before beating Ponder in the area round in three games. Meanwhile, Gunter won ten of 12 in district, finishing second before playoff sweeps of Howe and Brock.
That dominance gives them the ultimate respect for one another.
"We've been battling for years. So our kids know them, their kids know us and they're going to be really fundamentally sound and it should be a great baseball series," Gunter head coach Todd Hogan said.
"They're a baseball powerhouse, they been that way for years. Fundamentally they are very good," Pottsboro head coach Bart Williams addend.
Fundamental is the best word to describe both jack of all trades squads.
"I think our pitching and our defense are definitely our best attributes. It seems like we can always rely on our pitchers to throw strikes and if our hitting comes around, that's usually when we play our best," Wade said.
"Our pitching and defense, I mean, it's unbelievable and our hitting just speaks for itself," Gunter senior C.J. Ateek said about his team.
There's no telling which team will take the three game series in McKinney, but one thing is for sure, those stands at Boyd High School will be filled with red and blue.
"Baseball is big here in Gunter and this time of year, the playoffs, the community really rallies around us and it's important not only for this team but for this community, how well we do," Hogan said.
"We got to play a playoff game here Friday night and that was the first one we've ever done, that I've been here. We played a home playoff game, and it was very exciting, it was very exciting and I can't imagine what it will be like this Thursday night when we go to McKinney," Williams concluded.