A state championship.
For two Mildred brothers, it was something that neither could quite attain.
Joey and Cody Hanna, former Mildred High School baseball players, each went to the UIL Class 1A State Tournament in the 90’s.
Joey was the first as the 1995 Eagles team dominated their way to the state finals after a 14-4 win over Loraine in the state semifinals.
In the finals, however, Mildred came up short in a 7-4 loss to D’Hanis.
Not winning that game still gets under Joey’s skin.
“I’m still a little bitter. It doesn’t matter if it’s the softball team I play on now or horse shoes...I hate coming in second,” he said.
Cody had his chance in 1998, but the Eagles were eliminated by eventual champion Thrall, 7-0 in the state semifinals.
“We were excited to get a chance to play for a state title,” Cody said. “I hated that neither Joey or I got the win at state.”
Playing in the Class 2A state semifinals today, this years Mildred team may have a chance to finish what past Eagles started over 10 years ago.
“Our team was a lot like this group,” Joey said. “We were a young team that had come up playing little league together.
“We had team chemistry like this team has and that is the biggest part of a team being able to play as well as they have.”
Cody agrees that team cohesion has played a big role in Mildred’s success this season.
“This team has had some good coaching in little league,” he said. “They have grownup together and you don’t always have to be the best team to win as long as you can believe in each other.”
Joey, also a former Navarro College baseball player who is now staying busy as the owner of Hanna Custom Flooring in Corsicana, says some of that bitterness might go away if the Eagles win the state championship this year.
A top prospect coming out of high school, Cody has stayed involved in the game coaching little league teams in Mildred.
“It would be great if they won state,” Cody said. “They have a good shot and I really hope that they can go down there and win it all.”
A state championship.
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