Sumiton Christian Claims AHSAA Class 1A State Baseball Championship

Jacksonville, AL – Sumiton Christian rebounded from a Game 2 loss to Sweet Water with a decisive 14-3 victory in Game 3 to secure the Class 1A Baseball state championship. The Eagles showcased a powerful offense, racking up 16 hits in the final game held at Jacksonville State University’s Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium.

Game Recap

Game 2: Sweet Water Forces a Decider

On Wednesday morning, Sweet Water kept their hopes alive by winning Game 2 with a 6-2 score. This victory forced a third and deciding game in the best-of-three series.

Game 3: Sumiton Christian’s Commanding Performance

Sumiton Christian (28-5) wasted no time in Game 3, quickly establishing a 5-0 lead after just two innings. Lead-off hitter Austin Scobey set the tone with a sharp single up the middle. By the end of the game, Scobey had amassed three hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. His outstanding performance earned him the title of Class 1A State Championship Series MVP.

Other notable performances included:

  • Kaden Parrish: Three hits, including two doubles.
  • Colton Glass: Three hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
  • Yancey Young: Three hits and three RBIs. Young, who battled cancer over the last nine months, played a crucial role in the team’s success. “When Yancey was taken to the hospital, I think the entire baseball team family went to be with him,” said Coach Ricky Bowen. “He is the reason this team looks at each other as a family.”

Additional Contributions

  • Rusty McDonald: Two hits.
  • Austin Hubbard: Pitched six strong innings, allowing six hits, three runs, walking one, and striking out seven.

Sweet Water’s Resilience

Despite falling behind 10-1, Sweet Water (23-16) fought back to ensure the game went all seven innings. Coach Dawson Turberville praised the team’s determination, noting, “This program has won just about as many baseball state championships as the football team has. These kids weren’t even born when Sweet Water won its first state championship (1979), but they have the same determination in them. They give it their all to the very end.”

Key performances for Sweet Water included:

  • Parker Townsend: A double, a single, and one RBI.
  • Payton Averette and Maddox Henson: Each hit a triple.

Legacy and Achievements

Sweet Water’s baseball program boasts ten state championships and has secured either a state championship or runner-up trophy in six consecutive decades. The football team at the Marengo County school has claimed 11 state titles. Notably, Sweet Water has won both football and baseball state championships in the same school year four times and in the same calendar year three times (1982, 1986, and 2017).

Sumiton Christian’s victory marks their first state championship since 2004.

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