Charlotte, NC (WBTV) – The South Mecklenburg Sabres have had a great season. They went 27 and 7 but it's not over yet.
The team is on their way to the championship weekend starting tonight at Zebulon's Five County Stadium, just outside of Raleigh. They'll take on Fuquay-Varina (25-3) in a best of 3 series.
The players have rallied around their coach's battle against testicular cancer. Head coach, Jon Tuscan was diagnosed March 27, 2013. Tuscan went in for the routine physical feeling fine and after his primary doctor spotted something irregular on a scan, he was on his way to multiple specialists and tests. He was in surgery the next morning with his team heavy on his mind.
The Sabres called and sent text messages to their recovering coach reassuring him they'd take care of baseball while he got better, and they did.
Tuscan returned to practice to find his teammates wearing purple ribbons, shoelaces and bracelets with JA20 as well as a 20 cut into the field. The support was overwhelming; Tuscan described baseball as a "welcome distraction".
It's been 8 years since the team played in the state championship. Senior pitcher, Earl Oliver, said their goal was to win 20 at the beginning of the season, and now they want to bring home the title for their fighting coach.