The No. 4 LaPoynor Flyers' baseball team has not been to the postseason in a long time and were never ranked before this year.
But in 2019, they are playing like a team that is no stranger to the postseason and are now two wins from clinching a trip to the state tournament in Round Rock, which will be June 5-8.
The Flyers are led by head coach Trey Rogers, a 2000 graduate from Athens High School, in his first year as a baseball head coach.
LaPoynor (15-6-1 and 10-4 in district) won their district and enjoyed a first-round bye in the bi-district round before they traveled to Grand Saline and swept both the Sulphur Bluff Bears and the Union Hill Bulldogs to clinch a spot in the regional final against the high-scoring Wells Pirates.
The Pirates are coming off of a sweep of the Kennard Tigers and they are averaging 9.6 runs a game over their last ten contests.
Wells will be the biggest test yet for the Flyers' pitching staff, which includes Dawson Fortner and Kase Johnston, who both pitched gems against Union Hill.
Fortner went five innings with three runs on three hits plus eight strikeouts and two walks in Game 1 while Johnston pitched six shutout innings with fifteen strikeouts and three walks plus two hits in Game 2.
The excellent baserunning by the Flyers was on full display against the Bulldogs as they combined for 14 stolen bases in two games and it will be a big key for eliminating Wells.
The regional final will be at Jacksonville High School and begins with Game 1 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.
Game 2 is Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. and, if necessary, Game 3 is 30 minutes afterwards.