The Cuyahoga Heights High School baseball team is set to make its second Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament appearance and first since 1976 on Friday when the Redskins play the Berlin Hiland Hawks in a Division IV semifinal contest.
Cuyahoga Heights (23-4), which was ranked 11th in the final coaches poll of the season, recorded postseason wins against Open Door Christian Academy (10-0), Maplewood (6-5), Fairport Harding (11-3), New Middleton Springfield (11-0) and Seneca East (9-0) to earn a trip to Columbus and the right to play for a state title.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Huntington Park. The winner will play either Defiance Tinora or Minster in the state championship game on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cuyahoga Heights baseball coach Marc Lowther recently answered questions about the Redskins and their season thus far for WKYC’s HighSchoolSports.net.
WKYC’s HighSchoolSports.net: What has been your team’s motto this season?
Cuyahoga Heights baseball coach Marc Lowther: “Family.”
WKYC: What are three adjectives that describe your team and/or its play this season?
Lowther: Coachable, consistent and determined.
WKYC: What has been your team’s greatest strength this season?
Lowther: Pitching, defense and hitting.
WKYC: What has been the high point of your team’s season thus far?
Lowther: Winning the regional championship.
WKYC: What was the low point of your team’s season? What did your team learn from the experience?
Lowther: Losses in our conference. It showed them that no team is going to [lie] down and just let us win.
WKYC: Who are your team’s leaders? What do they bring to the team?
Lowther: We have no true leaders; someone every game is stepping up and getting the job done when we need it. We have an unsung hero every game.
WKYC: What must happen for your team to continue its deep postseason run?
Lowther: Play the way we have the last two weeks and continue to play with confidence.
WKYC: What was your message to your team after its regional final win?
Lowther: How proud I was of them and that we still have not finished what we started out to do back in March.
WKYC: When the season is long over, what will you remember most about this year’s squad?
Lowther: The bond the kids had with each other.
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