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Sumiton Christian wins 1A State Championship


GAME 3: Sumiton Christian 14, Sweet Water 3

    OXFORD  – Sumiton Christian rebounded from Wednesday’s Game 2 loss to Sweet Water  by ripping 16 hits in the deciding Game 3 and the Eagles rolled to the Class 1A Baseball state championship with a 14-3 win in the finals.
The two teams played game two Wednesday morning with Sweet Water sinning 6-2 to force the third game in the best two-of-three series at Jacksonville State University’s Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium.
Sumiton Christian (28-5) jumped out quickly in game three to take a 5-0 lead after two innings.  Lead-off hitter Austin Scobey opened game three with a sharp single up the middle. Before he was through, he had three hits, including a triple, three RBIs and was named the Class 1A State Championship Series MVP.
Kaden Parrish had three hits, including two doubles, Colton Glass stroked three hits with a double and two RBIs, and Yancey Young finished with three hits and  three RBIs. Yancey, as it turns out, was the glue that held the Eagles together, said Coach Ricky Bowen. The senior discovered he had cancer last summer and spent the last nine months undergoing rigorous treatments with hopes of rejoining the team.
“When Yancey was taken to the hospital, I think the entire baseball team family went to be with him,” said Bowen. “He is reason this team looks at each other as a family.”
Yancey said he was glad to contribute to the state championship run, but more importantly, was glad to be with his extended family knowing they always have been there for him.”
Rusty McDonald also had two hits for the Eagles, who won the school’s first state championship since 2004.
Austin Hubbard hurled six strong innings to get the victory. He allowed six hits, three runs, walked one and struck out seven.
Sweet Water (23-16) fell behind 10-1 but clawed back to force the game to go all seven innings. Bulldogs Coach Dawson Turberville said that didn’t surprise him. “This program has won just about as many baseball state championships as the football team has,” he said. “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.”
Senior shortstop Parker Townsend had a double and single and drove in one run for Sweet Water in the final game. Payton Averette and Maddox Henson each slugged a triple for the Bulldogs.
Sweet Water’s baseball program has won 10 state championships – and have won a state championship or runner-up trophy in six straight decades. The football team at the Marengo County school has 11 state titles. The school have won football and baseball state championships in the same school year four times and in the same calendar three times (1982, 1986, and 2017).

(AHSAA PHOTO | David Holtsford)