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Patriots prepare for postseason play

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The Northside Patriots are flying high heading into the start of postseason play on Friday.

After knocking off region champs Hardaway last week, the Patriots followed that with a pair of wins over Troup later in the week. Senior third baseman Cameron Scott said those wins have given the team confidence, but they know what they have to do to win on Friday.

"Just keep playing like we usually play," Scott said. "Limit our mistakes, force solid contact on the ground, keep the ball out of the air, and just pitch and play defense."

Head coach David Smart says his team is built on pitching, defense and, just like Scott said, limiting mistakes.

"[We're] trying not to beat ourselves," Smart said. "That's kind of what this whole club's built on is trying to do everything we can not to beat ourselves, so we've done a pretty decent job of that. When we don't do that is when we usually end up in trouble."

The Patriots will host Whitewater Friday, with game one scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. ET.

"We've been senior-heavy, so all of us are trying to get out of here and go to a state championship [and] win one," said senior second baseman Taylor Harper. "We've just been playing really well, really good ball, and just trying to keep it up."

After a couple years of early postseason exits, or missing the playoffs entirely, the Patriots are glad to still be practicing.

"We feel like we're back where we belong in having a chance to keep playing," Smart said. "Our whole mindset and goal was to play our best baseball in late April and in May, so that's what we're trying to do."

Jonathan Huskey

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