For any sports team, the goal is always to play in the final game of the season.

And maybe win some other hardware along the way.

The Gridley High School baseball team has done just that.

After sweeping Corning last Friday at home in the CIF Northern Section Division 3 semifinal doubleheader series, the Bulldogs find themselves in the section championship game.

The No. 1 Bulldogs (26-3-1) will face No. 2 Lassen (18-6-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Butte College.

It doesn’t get any better than the top two seeds in the bracket facing each other for the championship, according to Gridley coach Dan Crabtree.

Crabtree said not much is changing in the Bulldogs’ approach to the game as they prepare for their final contest of 2018.

“We’ve been getting great hitting, pitching and defense all season,” Crabtree said. “We just need to keep doing what we do.”

Indeed, the Bulldogs have averaged 8.4 runs per contest and are batting .332 as a team.

Gridley pitching has amassed a team ERA of 1.60 with 273 strikeouts.

And in the field, the Bulldogs have recorded a .935 fielding percentage.

Gridley has been led at the plate by junior Lance Santerre, who is hitting .488 with 42 hits and 41 RBIs to go along with 23 runs scored.

Santerre is also one of the Bulldogs’ leading pitchers, with a mark of 9-1 with an 0.37 ERA and 101 strikeouts to go along with just 17 walks in 56.2 IP.

Senior Kellen Brothers is also 9-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched.

Brothers is one of nine Gridley seniors, and he said he and his fellow seniors are thrilled to be in the position of playing for the section title.

“Just one game left in our careers,” Brothers said. “We’re going to do our best to bring home the title.”

Ty Cota and Frank Leyva are the only current Bulldog players who were on the last Gridley baseball team to make it to the section finals: The 2016 team that fell to Sutter in the title tilt last year.

Cota said he was kind of hoping to see Sutter again in the championship game.

“But that’s not how it worked out this year,” Cota said. “We’re excited about being in the title game, no matter who we play.”

Meanwhile, Biggs; 2018 season came to a close on Tuesday in Alturas, as the Wolverines fell to Modoc, 22-1 in the CIF Northern Section Division 5 semifinals.

Biggs finishes 15-6.