You always want to enter the high school baseball postseason on a hot streak.
With that in mind, Grandview is simply steaming. The Bobcats own a three-game winning tear, and discovered their first-round foe in a Division III district tournament seeding meeting Sunday, May 2, at Gahanna Lincoln.
Grandview will face an old foe in the first round when the Bobcats visit fellow Mid-State League Cardinal Division competitor Berne Union Tuesday, May 11 (5 p.m.).
"The only thing that could have come out better would have been if we'd got a home game," said Grandview coach Brian Thomas.
"But we're real happy. We'll be facing an opponent we've already seen twice."
There should also be no lack of optimism in the Grandview camp, as the Bobcats have beaten the Rockets twice in the regular season. That could yet be a problem Thomas wants to head off.
"That's really the double-edged sword," he said. "We liked our draw, but we're going to emphasize to our kids not to get overconfident. I think this is a team that's competitive."
A win would be the first postseason 'W' for the Bobcats in two years.
The three recent Grandview victories came at the expense of Millersport Wednesday, April 28 (20-0 run-rule), Wellington Thursday, April 29 (13-2), and Berne Union Friday, April 30 (9-2).
While the Bobcats (9-10) have plenty to play for the rest of the way, including a winning record and a tournament run, a MSL title isn't in the cards this season.
Fisher Catholic clinched the flag with a home win over Harvest Prep April 30.
With the postseason in sight, several Bobcats have been swinging the bat well, including Alex Jones (.403), Tyler Fitzgerald (.400) and Nate Webb (.355).
Jones leads the club with 17 RBI, while Colin Ridgeway has 14 and Oliver Rouch 13.
Fitzgerald leads in time on the mound with 45 innings, 40 strikeouts and seven complete games.
After the Millersport game, Thomas said he expects to use a combination of Fitzgerald, AJ Finlay and Riley Wolfington in the tournament.
While this'll be the first tournament for Thomas as a head coach, he has plenty of experience as an assistant in various programs.
"I won't say it's anything new but it adds a little more spice to the season," he said.
Should Grandview beat Berne Union, the Bobcats visit Columbus Academy Thursday, May 13, in the second round. A win there could put Grandview against the top seed in a tournament semifinal, Fredericktown.
A non-league twinbill against Bloom-Carroll was washed away May 1.
Remaining on the regular-season schedule was a trip to Fisher Catholic Monday, May 3, and the finale of the slate Friday, May 7, home with Grove City Christian.