Tuesday, May 21, 2019






AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: G.W. Long 18, Westbrook Christian 5

    MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 2A state champion G.W. Long scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning on eight hits and cruised to an 18-5 victory over Westbrook Christian in the opening game of the AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Southern League AA Montgomery Biscuits. Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    The Rebels (33-6) of Coach Drew Miller, winners of an AHSAA state-record 15 state baseball titles with the first coming in 1989, wasted little time in taking control of the opening game at Paterson Field. Kam Faria opened with a double down the left-field line and when he came up the plate for the second time in the inning nine batters later, he walked to force in a run. Senior third baseman Matt Snell had a two-run double and sophomore Harrison Gray drove in two runs with a single. A total of 15 Rebels hitters came to the plate in the inning.
    Long added four runs in the second and third innings to take an 18-1 lead before Westbrook Christian(23-13) rallied for three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
   Snell finished with three hits and three RBIs, catcher Slade Simmons had two hits, including a triple, and had three RBIs, and Gray had two hits and two RBIs.  Trevor Morris scored four runs and had one hit. Collecting doubles were Faria, Snell, Gray and Jake Steed.
     Westbrook catcher Greysen Robinson had two hits and drove in three runs for Coach Matt Kennedy’s Warriors. Third baseman Isaac James had a double and single and one RBI.
      Westbrook used five pitchers with starter Ashley Dutton getting the loss. The  Warriors issued six walks and hit one batter.  G.W. Long used three hurlers with Jake Steed working the final three innings. Christian Collier pitched the first inning and Carson Dunlap hurled the second inning.
    The Class 4A State Championship Series opened Wednesday night in the second game with Sipsey Valley facing Brooks. That series will resume at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday at 4 p.m.
    Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.


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