Handley will face one of its toughest opponents of the season in its quest to advance beyond the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
The Tigers will travel to Montgomery Friday to take on Trinity Presbyterian and its elite pitching staff for a second-round series that starts at 2 p.m.
“Their number one [pitcher’s] going to Auburn, number two is going to JSU and their number three is going to AUM,” said Handley head coach Tyler Hall. “They’ve got a pretty good pitching staff. From talking to other coaches it’s one of the best staffs in 4A baseball.”
Trinity enters the series with a record of 24-7, and they finished the regular season ranked No. 4 in the state in class 4A by the ASWA.
“We’ve seen them play. We’ve talked to coaches about them. Trinity definitely feels like they’ve got a chance to win the state championship this year,” Hall said. “Our guys have got to have a good week of practice. We’ve really got to be focused. We’ve got to pay attention to the details, and everybody’s got to be involved in the game plan.”
Trinity’s high ranking and the overall expectations of their team combine to place all of the pressure on Trinity’s side, in Hall’s eyes.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on us whatsoever,” Hall said. “We’re going into this game, and nobody around expects us to beat Trinity. So we’re going to be loose. We’re going to be flying around. We’re going to play the game at our capacity. If we’re the best team on Friday we’ll be going on the third round. If not we’ll be gearing up for football.”