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Auburn High Baseball energizes a city

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn High School baseball team saw its dream postseason run come to an end Friday.

It was a wild ride that took the Cardiac Cats from a losing record in the regular season to the AHSAA final four.

How do you turn mediocre to magical, or transform average to amazing? The Auburn High School Tigers did just that on their way to the final four.

It started against Smiths Station, a team that had been number one in the state. The Tigers were down in the sixth inning of game three. That's when Jacob Drescher hit a bases clearing double to take the lead and win the game.

"This team has come together, man," said Drescher. "Wow, it's, there are not enough words to describe it. All the glory goes to God, definitely."

Against Fairhope, the sixth inning magic happened again. It was enough for Will Eiland to come in and save the game and keep Auburn alive.

"I think we just believe in each other," said Eiland. "We have been trusting each other all along. We know somebody is going to come through and back each other up."

And when it seemed like the magic was up against Pelham, in game two, the Tigers were down three runs with two outs left, the senior JJ Shaffer stepped up to the plate and hit the most no-doubt home run of his life. The Cardiac Cats came back one more time.

"We like to keep you on the edge of your seat," said Shaffer. "I don't really know. We believe in something greater than us. It is our family. When you have someone in your family, you just fight for them."

And even when the gas ran out in game three of the semifinals, coach Matt Cimo was still there with the same attitude, same care, and the same words that he said when asked about his team all season long.

"They are such quality kids," said Coach Cimo. "When you get quality kids together who do things the right way, good things happen to them. They were just great leaders and everybody just followed the beat."

This Auburn team became a family throughout the season, and now they have a pile of memories. 

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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