LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As if the Coronado-Monterey rivalry needed any help bringing the intensity, the two schools that are just three miles apart are set to face each other in a baseball playoff game for the second time ever.
The last time that the Mustangs and the Plainsmen battled in the post season was back in 1994.
Starting on Thursday, these teams are ready to clash again in a three-game series.
"We always talk about wanting to play in June, that is the goal," Mustangs head coach Gary Hix said. "You know, we want to play in June, and you know, once you get into May and you are still playing - you get a chance and that makes you feel good because you have done things right."
Doing things the right way and playing your best baseball at the right time has been key for both teams success, this postseason.
"We have played well this last month of the season, and we have been in some tight ball games," Plainsmen head coach Kent Meador said. "We have a pretty simple formula, which, applies anywhere - Tech, Rangers, anywhere. We have been throwing strikes, we have been defending, and then we have had some timely hits and have maneuvered the ball a little bit. It has been good for us."
It has been a good run for both of the teams, but one of their journeys is about to end at the hands of one of their biggest rivals.
But, for both coaches, they don't care who they are playing - they just want to keep playing.
In our interview with Coronado, we asked Hix if he felt any extra motivation with it being a rivalry game, or is it just a playoff game?
"No, it is a playoff game. I mean, it is in town, you know, and naturally, people make a big deal about that. But, more than anything else - it is a playoff game. You want to win and you want to go to the next round and that is what it really comes down too."
During the regular season, the series between the two teams was split. The winner of both games was the home team.
"Well, there is not any secrets in there," Meador said. "Coach Hix and his staff do a great job and they have great competitive kids. My staff does a great job and we have competitive kids. There are not any secrets. We know what they do and they know what we do. You know, it is going to be great baseball. It is going to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes, and who makes the key hits with runners on base - that is how the game should be played."
The Mustangs defeated Abilene Cooper and El Paso Eastlake to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals.
While Monterey defeated swept Aledo and El Paso Ysleta to advance to the regionals.
KCBD Sports will have complete coverage of this series and all of our local games on Extra Innings, this week.