The No. 2 Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats and the top-ranked C.C. Moody Trojans are set to begin their best-of-three Class 4A Region IV championship series tonight at 7 p.m. at Whataburger Field, home of the Houston Astros double-A affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks.
The matchup has been highly anticipated in the Coastal Bend since the baseball season began and pits defending state champion Calallen (34-3 overall) against Moody (34-2), who won the state title two years ago.
Tickets for tonight's game and game two of the series Friday night at 7 p.m. go on sale today at 9 a.m. at Whataburger Field's box office. All tickets are general admission. Tickets for game three, if needed, go on sale immediately after the completion of game two.
Calallen and Moody needed three games to advance to the regional final.
The Wildcats won game one of their three-game set 5-3 Friday against Austin Lake Travis, but lost game two at home 7-3 Saturday, their first home loss in three seasons, before winning game three 10-4 to clinch the series.
Moody, meanwhile, had to rally from a 1-0 deficit in their best-of-three series against San Antonio Alamo Heights after dropping the series opener 1-0 at Robstown's Fairgrounds Field on Thursday. The Trojans then won games two and three Saturday by a combined 23-0.
The matchup is a dream come true for local and South Texas baseball fans, who also anticipated this matchup last year, but Moody was upset by the Alice Coyotes 9-6 in a one-game Region IV Area-round playoff last year in Alice.
This year, the cards fell into place and despite going three games deep in their regional semifinal series, both teams are primed for this week's games.
Of Calallen's three losses this year, one is to Moody in a non-district game played at Whataburger Field earlier this year in front of more than 3,000 fans. Moody won the game 7-4.
However, one of Moody's two losses this season comes against the Wildcats before their non-district clash at Whataburger Field.