Flucos "finish" the job with state title

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- All season the Fluvanna County baseball team has carried the motto "Unfinished Business" after last year's loss in the Class 3 State Semifinals.

"Definitely motivated us and showed us what kind of atmosphere it is down here and how good the teams are," Fluvanna County junior pitcher Kevin Ward said about the loss to Abingdon, "We just knew the next year we're just going to have to get better, work at stuff we just need to twitch a little bit."

The Flucos left with finished business on Friday after beating Tabb 16-10 to win the first state title in program history.

Coach Joel Gray had t-shirts made for this season with the state of Virginia and the number 136.2 on it, the distance from Fluvanna County High School to the site of the Class 3 State Championship. But few players needed a reminder of what the loss to Abingdon felt like.

"That pushed us even harder because not even a month after all of us still got together and started hitting and training for next year," Fluvanna County senior catcher Jacob Critzer said.

With most of the team returning, Coach Gray could see the potential for a state title run all the way back to that state semifinal loss a year ago.

"We knew we ran into a very good baseball team and they were very polished and great hitting team, but it was motivation," Gray said, "We were up and coming, we lost one position player and only three seniors, so we knew we were coming back with a good shot at getting here."

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