It's 1990 and the Tigers of Norway High School have just won yet another baseball title thanks to the guidance of legendary coach Jim Van Scoyoc (POWERS BOOTHE). Yet, things don't look good for the prospect of any future championships in that small Iowan town. That's because school board official Harvey Makepeace (MARSHALL BELL) and state school official Polly Hudson (RACHAEL LEIGH COOK) have decided to fold the school into another in a neighboring jurisdiction, due to lack of enough enrollment at Norway H.S. to justify the cost of keeping it open.
That doesn't sit will with the locals who unite to protest, but the best that Makepeace can offer is just one more season, but without Van Scoyoc as the head coach. And that's because he believes that replacement coach Kent Stock (SEAN AUSTIN) -- who briefly assisted Jim before leaving for a job in St. Louis only to return -- doesn't stand a chance at returning the team to glory, thus demoralizing them, their school, and the community into accepting the decision.
Nevertheless, Kent is determined to do his best, and he has some decent returning players including Patrick Iverson (BRETT CLAYWELL) and pitcher Sammy (ROSCOE MYRICK). The unknown wild card is Chicago teen rebel Mitch Akers (MICHAEL ANGARANO) who's been sent by his widowed father Burt (TOM ARNOLD) to live with his grandparents, Jared (JAMES GAMMON) and Ann (ANGELA PATON), in hopes that they and Van Scoyoc might induce a change in the boy.
With the latter gone, however, and Mitch clashing with Patrick while falling for his sister, Cindy (DANIELLE SAVRE), sports reporter Roger Dempsey (LARRY MILLER) doesn't see much hope for the team. From that point on, and as he falls for Polly, Kent does what he can to whip the team back into shape and take them to the championship one last time.