For No. 9 Southmoore, it was a tournament filled with close calls. Even thought it ended with a 1-4 record, coach Jason Lingo feels that could have been reversed easily. Two of the defeats came by one run.
“ We need to understand that even though we went 1-4 on the weekend, we lost tight one run games to two teams ranked above us in the standings,” Lingo said. “And we didn’t play very well in losing those one run games. So if we put it all together and play as we’re capable of playing, we will be able to compete with anyone.”
All three area coaches believe that Big Classic showed that due to how tough and close the games are, the race for the 6A state championship will be a battle. While the Jaguars won it easily last season, each believes it’s up in the air on who will be left standing at the end of the season.
“One of the biggest things that came out of this weekend is that there really isn’t a dominant team this year,” Lingo said. “Everyone is really close in ability and that makes for a wide open race at the state tournament.”
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