The Coastal Christian baseball team is in uncharted territory.
The Centurions are in the 2A North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association State Semifinals for the first time in program history.
Coastal Christian (12-9-1) is never looking too far ahead. The team is breaking down each game into smaller games.
“In our last game our mentality was just three more outs” said junior Gabe Knight. “Even in the third inning it was three more outs. Every inning it was let’s get those three outs and let’s move on.”
“You are just thinking about that inning” said senior David Pierson. “It keeps the mindset if we get these three outs we win this inning. We try to win each inning, and all the small things turn into a big thing. And that is a win, and that’s all we have to think about.”
That is just one of many lessons the team has learned from first-year head coach Malcom Phelps
“We have good practice, and he’s making us be good teammates to each other” said Pierson. “And that’s one thing, if you are not good teammates and you don’t bond. It’s not going to create a team, it’s going to create individuals that are good, but not make a team.”
Phelps has believed in his team since the start of the season.
“I saw talent with the players that were returning” said Phelps about his team. “They made the playoffs for the first-time last year, and I knew the additional players coming in the program had talent.”
Coastal Christian next faces Faith Christian on Tuesday. The winner advances to the state championship.
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