"The key to us is keeping the other team off the scoreboard and getting a quality base hit when we need it," said Flood. "We've done that all year, and it may quit. It could quit tomorrow. But, no, there's no reason why these kids aren't as good as the team last year. In fact, I think we're a little better hitting-wise and defensively."
Flood was careful not to blow his team's horn last season, coming off a 3-17 year; pride goeth before destruction, and such. But it's difficult, no, ignorant, to deny the Mustangs' promise.
"I never tell them anything about how good they are. You show me how good you are," said Flood. "You keep that countdown -- I don't care. But if you don't get to 10 ..."
Flood's words trailed off to a chuckle.
Of course, if by some calamity the Mustangs don't qualify for districts, you can bet whole wheat breadsticks will be served at the team banquet.
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