The early playoff success saw Auburn take on Central and despite the big stage the Tigers came through. They held off the Red Devils in a nerve-wracking 7-6 win to open the day before securing a 2-1 win to seal a place in the State Championship Series.
Auburn handled Hoover in the unilateral 9-2 Game 1 win before the Buccaneers hit back with an 8-2 win the next morning. With a decisive Game 3 for the series ahead, Cimo relied on some of the inspirational videos he and his coaches showed his team earlier in the year to motivate them with a championship at their fingertips.
“We showed them videos throughout the year. One of the videos is [General George] Patton’s speech. Patton says you never hold on and keep attacking so we kept telling them we have to keep attacking today, ”Cimo said. “Then we watched ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ and Carpe Diem, you know? We have to seize the moment, and now is the time.
“We told them, ‘That’s what we played for: the last game of the season. You have the chance to play the last game of a season. We saw the video the other day saying, “I’m a champion. I said, ‘You have a chance to be a champion today.’ “
The Auburn Bats woke up early and were instrumental in securing the Tigers a 6-2 lead after five innings. Although the Buccaneers pushed in the last inning in an attempt to steal the title, Auburn reliever Ryan Olson netted the strikeout to give Auburn his second state championship in the past three full seasons.