(Hillsboro) The Festus Tigers are about to see just how strong their brand of wizardry can be.
Fresh off a magical run to a district championship last week, Festus finds itself just one win away from the baseball Final 4.
But they’ll have to go through Rockwood Summit in the Class 5 state quarterfinals Saturday at Jefferson College on KJFF to get there.
Festus has gone from a losing record to 15-14 and the winners of Class 5 District 1, thanks in large part to dominant pitching.
Sophomores Nate Moore, Ian Brown and Jackson Gross combined to throw 3 complete games and not allow an earned run in districts.
But Tigers head coach Jeff Montgomery says seniors Collin Reando and Cole Wagner have stirred a dormant lineup to life.
Festus faces a Rockwood Summit team that was ranked in the top 10 in Class 5 earlier this season, but the Falcons share a lot of similarities to the Tigers.
Not even top-flight pitching could keep Summit from losing 9 of its last 12 regular-season games, but the Falcons roared to life in the postseason and are 16-14.
Montgomery says he believes the depth of his pitching staff is key to outdueling Summit.
Festus has not reached the Final 4 in baseball since they got all the way to the state championship game in 1990.
The Tigers look to continue their magic carpet ride by beating Rockwood Summit in the Class 5 quarterfinals.
Pregame coverage starts at 11:45 Saturday morning on AM 1400 KJFF.