Winning baseball state championships is customary for Glenwood High School. After they came up short last year, they are back on the practice field hungry for another state title.
With 12 seniors returning for Glenwood baseball this year, there are plenty of guys who have celebrated state championships, but who also came up short in last year's semifinals.
"We got to be more as a team this year and be more dependent on each other," said senior outfielder Tanner Knowles. "We didn't really depend on others last year. We played as a bunch of individuals. We just got to believe in what each other can do."
One change for the Gators this year is their plan of action at the plate.
"I think we'll be scrappy and play small ball and win games that way than just dropping bombs," said senior pitcher Austin Thomas. "Getting them on, getting them over, and getting them in. That is our philosophy."
Glenwood has become a baseball dynasty and their only goal is a state championship.
These guys have been practicing for about a month now and they say that hard work is what it takes to win their fourth state title in five years.
Even with all the seniors, there are some guys who need some in-game experience.
"A lot of those guys when they come up through the program and we have so much success, yeah, they've been part of it," said head coach Tim Fanning. "But, they haven't had large starting roles. For a lot of those guys, they want to leave their legacies as seniors and go out on top."
The Gators say they will work as hard as they can to bring home another championship.
The Gators open up their season on February 18th at home against Hooper Academy.