The Brunswick Community College baseball team has had its eyes on the Junior College World Series in Enid, Okla., since the start of the season.
“We do a lot of things geared towards the world series,” said Dolphins head coach Robbie Allen. “We put it on the back of our batting gloves. We break our huddles with 1296, which is the 1,296 miles from here to Oklahoma.”
Coming into the final weeks of the regular season, a trip to the world series didn’t seem possible. The Dolphins went into the Region 10 tournament having lost seven of their last 10 games, but they got hot when it counted.
“I think a lot of the guys just got sick of losing,” said BCC infielder Zach Johnson. “We had to win, and we wanted to keep playing and we got it together.”
“During the season, you have nothing to lose but your record,” said Seahawks catcher Hunter Ashburn. “And when we got to the conference tournament, we know if we lost, our season was over.”
The Dolphins bats came alive at the right time. BCC averaged nearly 13 runs per game in the region tournament and after falling behind in the championship game 6-0, the Dolphins scored 13 unanswered runs to notch the victory.
“We know we are going to score a lot of runs, so we are a lot more confident than we were,” said Dolphins outfielder Chris Graham. “If we fall behind, I feel like we are going to come back.”
“As a coach, you always preach, you are never out,” said Allen. “You just keep swinging and keep playing and hope for the best.”