Two of the three Newton County high school baseball squads will hit the road tonight to compete on the diamond.
For one team, it should be a relatively easy task, whereas the other hopes for the upset of the century.
Newton will make the trek to Marietta to take on the Osborne Cardinals in non-region action, while Alcovy travels to Conyers to face Heritage, the top team in Region 8-AAAA at 16-0.
After three straight games earlier this week, Eastside (5-13, 5-11 Region 8-AAAA) has the night off.
Although the Rams (6-10, 3-4 Region 2-AAAAA) have tallied more victories than any of the three local teams this season, they have won just two of their last eight games.
But Newton is seeking to capitalize on a depleted Cardinals team, one that is just 2-14 overall and 2-11 in Region 5-AAAA.
Meanwhile, the second-year Tigers are anxious to record their fifth victory of the year, which would set a new school record.
However, it should be a daunting task, particularly against a Heritage team riddled with talent from top to bottom. The Patriots (16-2 overall) are ranked fourth in the GaSports.com/GACA Coaches Poll.
"To upset Heritage would take just an all-around great ballgame from the kids," said Alcovy coach Joe Mobley. "We have to have a well-pitched game, play great defense and score enough runs. They're beatable - they're not inhuman by any means."
During their first matchup earlier this season, the Tigers fell to the Patriots, 9-1.
"I'm hoping the kids will rise to the occasion against this state-ranked team," Mobley said.
Although the Patriots lost their first two games of the season, they have compiled a whopping 16-game winning streak.
That being said, the young Tigers have absolutely nothing to lose when they take the field.
"It's extremely challenging for us," Mobley said, "but I don't think it's intimidating at all. My kids are not intimated by anybody that we play. This is what high school ball is all about - to have an opportunity to play somebody of this caliber, so I'm excited about it."
Cody Bala will be the starting pitcher for the Tigers, while Ross Roberts will be available in relief if needed.