A brotherly bond and a family rivalry exists on the Crisp County baseball team.
It's the reason the Cougars are one playoff step away from a GHSA state championship berth according to head coach Bill Pate.
I said to them man, y'all are kind of mean to each other sometimes. They said, hey coach, that's family. We just got to do what we got to do|whatever it takes, Pate said laughing.
For the Cougars, it takes pitching. Pitching has advanced the team to the GHSA-AAAA Final Four. Powerful right-handed pitcher Robert Tyler starts it off. Younger brother Stewart Tyler has come on recently to close it out.
They feed off each other well, Pate said.
We have way more chemistry than last year. We're like a family, Robert Tyler said.
The fraternal atmosphere goes one step further with the Tyler brothers. The duo of senior and sophomore have combined for five of the six 2013 playoff wins.
Though, working as a powerful combo doesn't mean, they're immune to brotherly differences.
He doesn't like listening to me, but I try to push him. He knows that I'm trying to make him better|he gets mad sometimes, senior Robert Tyler said.
He thinks I don't listen to him, but I really do. He's a good leader, so I'm going to follow in his footsteps, sophomore Stewart Tyler said
Those footsteps have left a legacy at Crisp County. Destined for the University of Georgia or the professional level, the elder Tyler has one more high school goal to accomplish-- the first Cougar baseball state title since 1961.