The Bayshore Christian Eagle baseball team and the Orange Beach Makos softball squad both captured a second consecutive state championship over the weekend.
The Bayshore Christian Eagle baseball team and the Orange Beach Makos softball squad both captured a second consecutive state championship over the weekend. It was both teams' second year eligible for championship play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
Bayshore Christian once again sat atop Class 1A after it earned postseason sweeps of Wadley, Brantley, Berry, Sweet Water and finally Lindsay Lane Christian. Streed Crooms was named the Class 1A State Baseball Championship Series MVP after he registered four RBIs on 3-of-6 hitting in the two games. He also started Game 1 on the mound and recorded a complete game with only one earned run allowed.
John Malone earned the win on the mound for the Eagles in Game 2 after five innings and three earned runs. Mikael Bryant — who finished a four-inning perfect game against Berry in the state quarterfinals — pitched two hitless innings to preserve the victory.
Orange Beach went back-to-back and defended its Class 2A crown after it similarly went undefeated in the playoffs. The Makos won their regional circuit with wins over Washington County, Ariton and Long. In the double-elimination state bracket, Orange Beach took down Luverne, Hatton and Mars Hill Bible to advance back to the finals.
The Panthers from Mars Hill won their elimination game and got another crack at the Makos and even took them to extra innings. Orange Beach freshman Daigle Wilson delivered a walk-off single that scored Falyn Beebe to win the game in the seventh inning and hoist another Blue Map trophy.
The Makos had three representatives on the Class 2A All-State Tournament team where pitcher KG Favors was named MVP. She was joined on the team by Kaitlynn Robertson and Wilson.
Baldwin County and Robertsdale (Class 6A), as well as Fairhope (Class 7A), also represented the area in the final bracket of the season. Both the Tigers and Golden Bears lost their first two games.
Fairhope beat Montgomery in the first round but fell to Hewitt-Trussville in the second round. The Pirates won an elimination game over Spain Park but were tripped up by Hoover to find the end of the road.