GUNTER, Texas (KTEN)- Gunter is no stranger to the state baseball tournament. This year will be the Tigers' third trip in the last four seasons, but they're hopeful this time, they can add a trophy to their town's every growing collection.

"All the success we've had in football, and all these kids play football, it just carries over," Gunter head baseball coach Daryl Hellman said. 

Gunter, Texas is title town but a state baseball championship is something its hasn’t achieved in 26 years…

"I played football this past year, and we won state," Gunter senior first baseman/catcher Colson Wood said. "Just to be able go and have both state titles in both those sports I played in, it would be awesome."

A year ago, Boyd sent Gunter home in the regional final. But not this season. Gunter advanced past the Yellowjackets with a sweep last week.


“Last year, I felt like we weren't prepared. We hadn't really hit any adversity at all. This year, going into it, we knew how good they are and how we needed to play to get it done."

For this Gunter team, it all starts with the pitching. The Tigers have not one not two but three aces in Jake Ivey, Jarrett Waggoner, and Brooks Griggs-Bell

“We just know we can get it done on the mound in any situation," Waggoner said. "It really puts confidence in our offense to go out there and be themselves."

"With them on the mound, I feel like we can beat anybody no matter what," Boddie said. "No matter how we hit, no matter anything else. With them on the mound, we always have a chance."

Four seniors from Gunter’s squad have played in Round Rock before and that’s taught them a key lesson.

"Just have fun and play ball," Wood said. "It's a big stage out there, but we just got to have fun and when you have the fun, you can just play the game you grew up playing."


And if wasn’t for those seniors, well the Tigers may not be heading to Round Rock at all.

"We do have a senior core. We have guys that have been playing baseball since they could walk," Hellman said. "So if your seniors are still wanting more, if they're still working hard in practice, if they're still scouting, they're still into it, you've got a chance to win. It doesn't mean you are going to, but your chances go up."

The Tigers will have two hurdles to clear this week starting with Franklin at noon in the state semifinals on Friday as they look to finish Saturday on top of 3A baseball.

"It'd be everything," Boddie said. "I'm from Gunter. I've gone to Gunter my whole life. All I want to do is bring one home."