SAN ANTONIO - This is a huge week for high school baseball in San Antonio. For the first time since 1980, we have two teams that have both made it to the state final four.
Alamo Heights High School
Forrest Whitley will be on the mound for Alamo Heights in their state semifinal on Thursday night. He's hoping for another ice bath!
At the very same time as the game, the Major League Baseball draft will be taking place, and the 6' 7" senior for Heights should go in the middle of the first round. He's the 12th ranked prospect of all high school and college players in the country.
So the question: Will he be paying attention to the draft in the middle of pitching for a spot in the state championship game?
"I would like to know before I pitch because it would be nice to get it out of the way during the game, but I would like to know before I pitch," explained Whitley. "The thing you have to focus on is the game. You can't focus on the draft too much. It is what it is. We'll see what happens, but I'm really into winning this state championship, so that comes first."
If Forrest wins on Thursday, the Mules will have to win again on Friday in the state championship game. But first up it's the state semifinal against College Station. First pitch is at 7pm. We will have highlights Thursday night.
Johnson High School
Not only is Johnson in the state tournament for the first time in school history, but they are the number one seed!
They are still on cloud nine from when they made state.
"It was just a rush. You couldn't really remember anything about it," said Johnson pitcher Bryce Faust. "You were living in the moment. On the baseball field like that? I've had small things like it, but nothing like that."
"It's my first time to be there," explained Johnson head coach Gordon Gesell. "It will be a great experience. It's something you always hope for and you are on a quest to get there and do the right things and it just so happened it was our year."
First pitch against Amarillo is 3pm in Round Rock.