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McNairy Central to State for First Time

By Adam Wells
By awells@wbbjtv.com

Matt Chandler's "suicide squeeze" in the bottom of the 7th inning made McNairy Central Baseball history. The run gave the win over Fairley and punched their ticket to their first ever state tournament.

"It's unreal," Senior Blake Chandler said. "It's something that Ive always looked forward to. Last year we came close to this and we finally came through."

"We were 22 and 9 last year and I felt we were close last year," said Head Coach Brian Franks. "We returned five seniors this year, so I though we would make it and we made it."

Those five seniors on this year's team have been through a lot in their time with the program. They have seen the program win their first district title in 25 years and have put the Bobcats on the map as a West Tennessee power.

"As seniors we weren't that good when we were freshman," said Senior Dakota Roden. "We won seven games and we've come a long way. As you can see we finally get some support were finally seeing what hard work is for."

Friday will be remembered by these Seniors not only because of their win, but because its also their graduation day.

"We got graduation tonight," Roden said. "It's one of them bitter sweet moments. I'm ready to start a new chapter in life and move forward."

"We'll graduate and leave Monday for state," Chandler said. "It's just unreal. I love the game of baseball, it's my life and I'm ready to play this week.

"I'm so proud of them and great leadership," Coach Franks said. "They're going out like the way they should. Graduation is tonight and well be back to business Sunday so that's great for the seniors, great for them."