In 2007, Bryce Brentz and Chad Bell were teammates at South-Doyle High School. Six years later, they are a step away from the Major Leagues.
Brentz and Bell are among a number of East Tennessee players heading to baseball's Spring Training with hopes of one day making it "in the Show."
The two spent much of their winter working at R.B.I. here in town, preparing for the long season and the competition.
Brentz is an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox organization and was in last year's playoffs with AAA Pawtucket. Chad Bell is a left-handed pitcher at AAA Round Rock, affiliated with the Texas Rangers.
Spring workouts begin this weekend in Florida and Arizona for many major league teams.