CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Flour Bluff Hornets' baseball team reached the region semifinals three years ago, a deep playoff run that seems like ages ago.

Since that run the Hornets missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons in the cut throat District 30-5A. Now the Hornets have some experience back in the lineup and on the mound, and the Flour Bluff coaches and players say those rough stretches the last couple years have had a positive impact on a group that just wants to win.