Tigers hoping to repeat history on Saturday

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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine (WAGM) - The Fort Fairfield baseball team will be playing for the Class D state championship tomorrow. 1994 was the last time they won a baseball championship which was 24 years ago. 24 years was also the gap between the 1994 title and 1970 title. For one senior that 1994 season is very special and it would mean a lot to repeat history. Isaac Luken has the story.

"Oh I mean it feels great. I've always wanted to do this my entire life. My dad was part of the last state championship team in 1994 and I've always wanted to be here. Here we are," Jared Harvey said.

For senior Isaac Cyr, he has played in eight regional final games and Saturday will be the third state championship game. He says he's been fortunate to win a state title and to have great teammates around him all four years of his career.

"I've had a pretty great career going through Fort Fairfield. Pretty much my teammates from freshman year all the way to senior year have had great teammates that made me into the great player that I am," Cyr explained.

The Tigers had to rally once again to beat Bangor Christian 4-3 in the regional final.

"The big fifth inning. We all got together and were like we had a big fifth inning against Katahdin the other day and we came back and won that game. All our games we get together as a team or a group and get all fired up and intense with each other and that's what gets us through the games," said senior Dylan Jandreau.

Fort Fairfield comes into the state game against Richmond more battle tested than in years past.

"We played Fort Kent again who's always tough. Mars Hill is always a good team. And Katahdin we got to play them this year and they have some really good pitching. We were able to see the curveball a little more which is something that had always haunted us in previous years. Definitely seeing tougher teams and better pitching has helped in better playoff performances," said senior Malcolm Langner.

In order to beat the Bobcats, there are several things the Tigers need to do well.

"Hit better, we do. Dean Grass threw a great game against us and kept us off balance and I know Richmond has a strong ace. We're going to put a lot of time into swinging the bat tomorrow and hopefully the bats get hot again on Saturday," said head coach John Ala.

"It's just what we've been doing all year. Getting through the tough times. There's going to be innings where you don't get any runs on the board or get on base. But stay mentally there and know next inning we're going to get some runs in is what we have to do," Langner added.

Fort Fairfield will face Richmond in the Class D state championship this Saturday in Bangor at 3:00.

And Houlton will take on Hall-Dale for the Class C State Championship. That game will be played at St. Joseph's College on Saturday at 4:30.