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      Another Step Closer: Fort Madison baseball downs Fairfield for district title

      At first glance, Fort Madison's 18-22 overall record won't scare many teams. But the Bloodhounds showed on Monday night that there is a lot more to their team than wins and losses. A 3-1 win over Fairfield advanced FMHS to the third round of the postseason, Wednesday night's substate championship vs. Chariton. To hear from the team following Monday's victory, click the above icon.

      "Lately they've stepped up, and our motto has been about what's important now and nothing else matters. They're buying into that and it shows in their play - we've had 2 clean games here in a row, when it counts the most,"

      "We've always known we're a really good team and the seniors are great leaders. We took care of some things in practice and were the most focused we've ever been, so that helped a lot too,"

      "The last week of practice was probably the best week of practice we've ever had and it probably is worth more than the whole season, and they just came ready to play today. it's a lot easier to pitch when you have the lead, there's less pressure and I knew my teammates would have my back if they put it in play. We jumped on them early and it gave us all the momentum,"

      "One game at a time - once we accomplish that goal, we go on to the state tournament, that's our third goal. Then we adjust and keep winning one game at a time,"