On the football field, Ben Jones throws to Robert Adams. On the diamond, it’s the other way around.
The connection Jones, a catcher, and Adams, a pitcher and shortstop, have built by playing together year-round has paid off in the first two rounds of the Class 4A playoffs, and they hope it’ll continue to do so at 1 p.m. Friday when Trinity hosts Headland in the quarterfinals.
“Not only football, but we’ve been playing sports together our whole lives. No doubt having that connection in football has helped us,” Jones said. “He trusts me, and I trust him to get the job done. We work together to get wins.”
So with Jones being a quarterback, and Adams a pitcher, who has the better arm?
“I’ve got to be honest. I’ll say I’ve got the more accurate one, but he’s got the more powerful one for sure,” Jones said.
Both Jones and Adams have a wealth of playoff experience as members of the Wildcats’ 2012 and 2013 state champion teams. As they make their run through the postseason, both said this year’s squad reminds them of the 2012 group.
“We weren’t supposed to go deep in the playoffs, but something clicked, and we hit the playoffs and everyone started playing like they should and really unselfish baseball,” Adams said. “I think that’s what we started doing, I see kind of the same thing. I think we have a really good chance to go all the way this year again.”
With 10 seniors on the roster, all of the Wildcats have the experience and knows what it takes to make it to the top. But baseball is a humbling game, and coach Ken Whittle hasn’t relied on the past to help him.
“We prepare ourselves to hopefully go a long way in the playoffs, and whatever happens, happens. Our goal is to always reach that final series whenever we play.” Whittle said. “It’s not something that just happens, it’s something that we work for each and every year with each team.”