MASON CITY - This has been a memorable year for Clarion-Goldfield's Class of 2012.
For the first time in school history, a boys group has pushed far into the postseason in two sports.
The Cowboy football squad advanced to the quarterfinals this past fall and qualified for the postseason in 2010 as well.
Now, Clarion-Goldfield is hoping to punch its first state baseball tournament berth in school history.
Only two other boys teams - Clarion (1959) and Goldfield (1931) - have advanced to state tournaments, qualifying in basketball.
The Cowboys (15-15 overall), who shocked fourth-ranked St. Edmond on Saturday, are one win away from making their maiden voyage to the big dance.
Clarion-Goldfield will take on Forest City (20-8) tonight in a substate final. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Cowboys have had a strong postseason stretch, outscoring their opponents 25-11 in three contests. They upset the Gaels, who beat them by the 10-run rule twice less than three weeks ago.
Heading into tonight's contest, the Cowboys are led at the plate by senior Dominic Brandt's .418 average. Brandt has driven in 10 runs and leads the team with 41 hits and 30 runs scored.
Junior Ryan Waters has driven in 25 runs and has 32 hits, batting .340.
Forest City is coming off a tight 5-3 victory over St. Ansgar in their district final.
The Indians are led offensively by Erich Erdman. The freshman is batting .424 with 25 hits and 17 runs.
Kyle Rosacker is 5-0 and sports a 2.94 ERA for Forest City on the mound.