The Auburn High baseball team has been on a roll since the season started and now sit at 20-1, with the Tigers' most recent win over Cherokee County improving their win streak to 15.
“Well, we have a good pitching and good defense staff and they go hand in hand and they’ve done well this season,” said head coach Matt Cimo, who was honored with an induction into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this year.
The Tigers have been impressive on both offense and defense this season. Over the course of the last eight games, Auburn has held its opponents scoreless in five of those games, while scoring five or more runs in five of the eight games as well.
“When pitchers throw strikes and your defense stays on their toes, everything usually clicks," Cimo said. "They’ve done a tremendous job doing both of those things.”
Despite the team’s success so far, Cimo knows that any successful team has to know that they aren’t perfect, and he still has things he wants his team to work on as the season progresses.
“There's tons of things we need to improve on," he said. "Mainly, we need to throw and catch better. If you can throw and catch better than the other team, you are going to win so that’s the first thing we still need to get better at.”
Auburn will look to keep its winning streak alive at home against Cherokee County on Friday at 1 p.m. before facing Hewitt-Trussville, the No. 2 team in the state, later that day at 6 p.m.
"We've got four kids going to Southern Union so we will be there Friday,” said Cimo. “Saturday is senior day before the Dothan game at 3 p.m. so be sure to come support.”
When looking back on this senior class, Cimo remarked that they have been a remarkable group.
“This senior class has been special," he said. "They call themselves the 12 disciples, because there are 12 of them. They've realized how important they are to one another.”