For some, it's about leaving their mark. For others, it's about earning one more week with their team. For all, the goal is the same - to survive another grueling weekend series and keep their season alive.
Stephenville is in high school baseball's "Sweet 16" for the first time in school history, and meets Andrews at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday at McMurry University's Walt Diggers Field in Abilene. Game three, if needed, will follow game two.
"It just feels good to be in the 'Sweet 16' because it shows that all our hard work has paid off," said senior Chase Varnado, who regularly plays short stop and third base and has also made appearances on the mound. "We're making our mark on school history."
But that doesn't mean Varnado or others are satisfied. A win this weekend would have the Yellow Jackets playing for the 3A Region I championship against Lubbock Cooper or Kennedale next week.
"It feels good being in the 'Sweet 16' knowing that this is the furthest we have ever come, but we want to go even further," said junior designated hitter Noah Hobbs, who is batting .350 in the playoffs. "(We want to) show them how Stephenville rolls."
The Jackets have shown the ability to go the distance in best-of-three series. In six rounds of playoff action the last two years - last season coming in 4A - Stephenville has been in four series with each needing a decisive game three. The Jackets have lost the opener each time, but have won every game two. They went on to win game three and the series against Mansfield Summit in bi-district last year, Burnet in bi-district three weeks ago and Alvarado in last week's regional quarterfinals.
"When we go into a series, the mentality is just to outlast the other team," said head coach James Boxley, who in two years is 9-5 in playoff games at Stephenville. "Us dropping one game with these kids isn't the end of the world, it just means we have a long day of work ahead of us the next day.
"That's how these kids approach everything, they just keep fighting and never quit," Boxley added. "It's hard to beat a team like that."
Senior Witt Westbrook agrees with his coach, and sees no reason his high school athletic career should end this weekend.
"It feels good being in the 'Sweet 16,' but we're not done yet," said Westbrook, the team's cleanup batter and center fielder. "We know the task at hand. We plan on playing a lot longer."
And giving everyone another week together as a team.
"We get another week," said senior Dillon Roeming. "Another week to be with the guys. Another week to play baseball."