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May 22, 2013

Fundamentals leading Newton County to Jackson

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The Cougars are hoping for a similar outcome this week and another state title. Dating back to the end of the regular season, they've won their last 13 games.

“We wanna go and win. That's he ultimate goal always,” Tullos said.”

Tullos will hand the starting ball to Will Brand on the mound in Game 1. Brand (12-1) has been a leading force for the Cougars all season, stepping up as a senior on the team and leading by example on the mound.

“He's gone out and set the tone each series we've played in division play as well as in playoffs,” Tullos said.

Once Brand sets the tone, Tullos said the rest of the team just follows his lead, but winning requires the fundamentals at all positions.

“You want to do the little things right,” he said. “You want to throw strikes, pitching. You want to field the baseball defense in the infield, outfield, pitcher, catcher. You want to be solid everywhere. Bunt the ball, apply pressure on the bases. I guess thats real cliche but its real fundamental.”

Game 2 will be played on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., and if necessary, Game 3 on Saturday with a time yet to be determined.

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