Edgewood prepares for second-round road trip

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Edgewood coach Joey Potts has helped lead to Wildcats to wins in seven of their last nine games.

After running through AISA No. 8 Hooper for a sweep on the road in the first round of the playoffs, the Edgewood baseball team will travel to face Monroe on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats appear to be playing their best baseball at the right time and they hope to ride that momentum into another week of the season.

“We swung the bats really well,” Edgewood coach Joey Potts said. “That was probably the best we’ve done that as a team all year. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little be surprised with how it went but we have been turning a corner over the last couple of weeks and it’s carried over into the playoffs for us.”

Edgewood (17-20) scored 25 runs across its two wins against Hooper, marking its highest two-game total this season. The Wildcats had eight different players record multiple hits in the series and seven players scored multiple runs.

Monroe enters the postseason with a 14-7 record and got a bye into the quarterfinals after winning its area. The Volunteers lost two of their final three regular season games but will still enter the quarterfinal matchup as the favorites against Edgewood.

“They can hit really well and they have a good pitching staff,” Potts said. “I’m looking forward to getting into the series and getting ready for a challenge.”

The Wildcats hope to take some of the momentum from the first round into the doubleheader on Thursday. Potts said there is a balancing act between carrying that momentum into a new series and not going in to the matchup with arrogance.

“When we’re going against Monroe, we want to carry some of that confidence in but we have to know the game still starts 0-0,” Potts said. “They’re a 1 seed for a reason. No one is going to just hand it to you.”

Edgewood has already faced six of the teams ranked in the AISA top 10 this season, including three from AISA-AAA. The Wildcats hope their regular season has prepared them to make a deep run into the postseason.

“Between our tough area and our schedule, I think it has set us up to compete at a high level throughout the year and right now,” Potts said. “We saw a lot of competition and it’s helped us.”