A Look at Martin's Run in the Playoffs

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email

With the state's first ranked moody in their district, who would have thought Martin would have been the last one standing from their district in the playoffs? The Tigers did.

(Mauricio Renteria\Outfielder): "It feels good, we proved a lot of people wrong. Being here, it's hard. Baseball's a difficult sport. Being here, it means a lot for this team, for this school, for the city. We're the only ones playing right now in our district."

Coming this far wasn't an easy road for Martin. They almost didn't make the playoffs. Martin first had to win a play-in game over Alice to get the last playoff seed in 31-4A. They did just that, then took down Missions Veterans, then Gregory Portland and found themselves in the regional quarterfinals facing ranked Victoria East. Pitcher Chris Gaytan said they couldn't have done it without each and every person on the team.

(Chris Gaytan\Pitcher):"We became a family when we knew we had to win out. We just believed in each other. And people doubting us, that's every year, but we proved them wrong and that is what makes us even (more) confident of ourselves and thank god we made it to the third round."

Despite a loss to Victoria East, the Tigers season didn't end on a bad note. This was the first time since 2000 Martin has come this far; Something their seven senior will remember for a long time.

"We clinched in the fourth seed, one through three already bounced in the second round. It feels good having the top team in the state get knocked off by these guys. It feels great because we are the last one standing."

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