Corner Blanks American Christian 13-0 To Claim First State Baseball Title

Jacksonville, AL – The Corner Yellow Jackets dominated in the third and final game of the Class 4A State Baseball Championships, defeating American Christian 13-0 at Jim Case Stadium/Rudy Abbott Field on Jacksonville State University’s campus Thursday night. This triumph marks Corner’s first state title on the diamond.

Corner forced a decisive Game 3 after a dramatic 7-6 walk-off win in Game 2. Brendan Conner, named Class 4A State Championship series MVP, delivered an outstanding performance both on the mound and at the plate. Conner pitched a seven-inning, two-hit shutout, recording 10 strikeouts and no walks. Offensively, he amassed four hits, including two triples, and drove in five runs.

In the doubleheader, Conner hit for the cycle, adding a double and home run in Game 2. Under Coach Caleb Hoyle’s guidance, Corner quickly established a 2-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Conner’s RBI single. In the third inning, Conner’s triple brought home Eli Cannon and Jace Boyd, extending the lead to 4-0.

The Yellow Jackets continued their offensive surge in the fourth inning. Eli Cannon tripled to right-center, scoring Daven Lee and Carson Hurley. Conner’s subsequent RBI single pushed the lead to 7-0. Corner added two more runs in the sixth inning and capped off the game with four runs in the seventh.

Eli Cannon went 5-for-5, driving in two runs and scoring four, including a triple. Lead-off hitter Jace Boyd contributed two hits and three runs.

Brendan Conner faced just 25 batters, only four over the minimum, showcasing a dominant performance that secured Corner High School its historic win.

Jaylen Crocker started on the mound for coach Del Howell’s American Christian Patriots (28-18) and pitched 3 2/3 innings, taking the loss. Eric Hines and Clayton Rice recorded the only hits for the Patriots.

This state title is the first for Corner High School. American Christian, on the other hand, has a storied history with five state baseball crowns, including a three-year streak from 2004-2006 when Coach Howell was the team’s star pitcher.

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