Raiders Ready for Round Rock Return

The Rider Raiders are getting ready to head to their third UIL State baseball tournament appearance in four years.

They'll leave Wednesday morning for Round Rock, where they'll practice Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning at a local high school before playing in the State Semifinals Thursday afternoon at Dell Diamond.

Heading into last Friday night, there was no guarantee they'd even be making these plans, after losing Game 1 against Cleburne.

But they rallied to win twice Friday night, something Coach Scot Green says didn't surprise him at all.

"Their ability to be as resilient as they are, and to fight through some things, has been pretty inspiring for a coach," Green said. "I don't ever go to war with these guys and not know that they're fixing to give everything they've got, and that they really care for the guy next to them."

Green said they made their Friday comeback by just following the old cliche to 'take it one game at a time.'

"We just looked at it, 'Hey we've got to win game two anyway, if we were going to win this thing,'" Green said Monday. "Obviously it kinda put the onus on us to do it right then, but they've been battlers all year and they're not quitters. If you're going to beat them, you're going to have to beat them."

The Raiders (32-8) will face Tomball (33-4) at 4 p.m. Thursday in the first of two 4A Semifinal games, to be followed by Corpus Christi Moody (32-6-1) vs Whitehouse (31-8), scheduled for 7 p.m.

The 4A Championship game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.

All 4A games are at Dell Diamond, home of the Texas Rangers' AAA-affiliate, the Round Rock Express.

Newschannel 6 will be in Round Rock for all the action.

Also, you can tune in Tuesday night to Newschannel 6 at 10 to hear from Coach Green and his players about his announcement that he will step down as head coach after the Tournament.