Hargrave Softball is locked in, ready to pounce on its prey, like a tiger stalking a wildebeest in the Serengeti. A finely tuned corvette racing through La Mans, hitting their turns at precision speed.
Mentally they are hyperfocused on their task, winning their first state title as a collective unit and bringing that accomplishment back to their supportive community.
"Our state of mind is very, very excited," said Hargrave head softball coach Garrett Gates.
"We got up this morning, had a great breakfast and having a great time."
A win Saturday would add to their 2015 title, this team is looking to add their own thumbprint to the programs legacy. Managing emotions and pressure can bring a heavy burden to a coaching staff.
"We've played 45 games and one thing I've tried to instill in the girls is routine. Routine getting into the box, routine getting ready for a pitch, routine as you pitch. We'll be a little nervous before the game but after the first pitch it will be just another game for us."
As with most of the playoffs this season the outcome Saturday will most likely rely on the shoulders and arm of Katy Janes, the Lady Falcons all-world pitcher who also has been stellar at the plate.
Janes has been nothing short of spectacular this season and carried the Lady Falcons to their semifinal 4-0 win over Fredericksburg with 15 strikeouts and a big RBI to seal the win.
"She's big," said Gates, "she's one of the main reasons why we're here, she had a big game in the circle yesterday, had a bit hit for us, we were able to get an early run that helped us a lot."
The Hargrave contingency showed up strong Thursday afternoon as the overwhelming partisan support for the Lady Falcons fueled their emotions to their biggest win to date.
"With the big crowd and as loud as they were it was an intimidation factor for our girls as well," said Gates.
"We'll be better used to it tomorrow. It was a big crowd for us."
With the Saturday championship game scheduled for 12pm you can bet Hargrave Nation will again represent with history on the line. You can also watch the Hargrave Softball championship game by visiting bit.ly/HargraveBroadcast.
Katy Janes gathered up her teammates Friday night and carried them to the 4A state tournament next weekend in Austin. In an elimination game three at Madison High School Janes overpowered a tough Robinson squad from the circle and drove in three crucial runs with her bat to lead the Lady Falcons to a 11-1 series clinching win.
Janes came back from a game two defeat earlier in the night that saw Robinson win a hard fought victory 2-0 after Hargrave loaded up the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Bella Reid ended the game with a fly out to left field.
That would bring the rubber game three heroics to Janes with her dominant pitching where she struck out six and gave up only two hits for a total of six hits over the three game series.
Her most impressive performance Wednesday night was in the batters box however where Janes drove in Hagen Pike with a first inning double and then powered a fourth inning two run home run with Alli Humphries on board to make the score 5-1.
The Lady Falcons would score six more times over the sixth and seventh innings to close out the contest.
Janes brought her series strike out total to 26. The power pitcher would fan 13 batters Thursday in game one, seven in game two and another six in Friday's night cap.
Hargrave will now move to the state semifinals next Thursday at either 9am or 12pm.
Robinson ends their season with an overall record of 32-9.