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Home Federal blasts into state with relaxed mindset

Grand Island Home Federal practices at Ryder Park, July 20, 2017 (KHGI)

GRAND ISLAND - Grand Island Home Federal has made the state tournament 14 years running, cruising through the A6 area tournament with no losses and only one outcome decided by fewer than eight runs.

After taking a day off, Home Federal was back to the old grind Thursday, working on their defense and getting the pitchers back to the bullpen.

"We're going to try to get some throwing in, get some running in," said head coach Bryan Frew. "Throw a little bit in the Bullpen for the guys that need to. Work on a little bit of defense so the guys can keep working together."

GI is taking a relaxed approach and getting back in the swing of things before they travel to Lincoln.

"Me and these guys, we've had a long season, we've had a lot of games," Frew said. "These guys know what they're doing at this point. You know, a matter of keeping the blood flowing, keeping the bones loose and stuff like that."

"Probably be taking it pretty light, maybe play some catch, hit a little bit, but other than that not so much," echoed outfielder Vann Stevenson. "Hit, throwing, fielding, things that will keep us in tuned and ready to go for this weekend."

Home Federal draws Omaha Burke in the opening round of the National Division bracket.

Coach Frew played against Burke over a decade ago.

"When I was a senior we played them in our first game at state," Frew says. "These guys were still in Kindergarten when that went on.

"So we go in with a lot of confidence knowing we got a great program. They probably have the same knowing they have a great program so it should be a really good battle between two really good programs."

Grand Island plays at Sherman Field for their half of the state bracket, starting with Burke, Saturday, 1 p.m.

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