When the 2013 regular season ended, the LaGrange Grangers were done.
It was not a good feeling.
Even though the Grangers posted a winning record overall, and in region play, they were left on the outside looking in when the state playoffs began.
It’s a different season, though, and unlike a year ago, the Grangers won’t have to pack the gear away when the regular season ends.
LaGrange, which finished fourth in Region 5-AAAA, will finish the regular season with a home game against Northside today at 2 p.m.
LaGrange will then be on the road on Friday for a state-playoff series against Region 7-AAAA champion Northwest Whitfield.
The road to the playoffs was not a smooth one for the Grangers.
They endured a four-game losing streak that dropped them to fifth place in the region, but they responded by winning four games in a row, and they beat Troup 3-2 on Monday to sew up a playoff spot.
Todd Herrington, LaGrange’s second-year head coach, is extremely proud of the way his players have kept their heads above water this season, and he believes the lessons the players have learned this season will help them beyond the baseball field.
“Not only did they learn a lot about competing in baseball, but they’ve learned a lot about the game of life,” Herrington said. “In life, you’re backed up against the wall so many times, and you can either let it get you, or come out fighting.”
The Grangers’ final regularly-scheduled game was on Wednesday against Carrollton, but Herrington was able to add the Northside game for today.
That means the Grangers won’t go more than a week without playing a game before opening the playoffs.
Herrington said the team will use the time between now and Friday to work on fundamentals.
“Let’s take a step back, let’s get back to some basics, and get to where we need to be,” Herrington said.