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2013-14 Baseball Season Preview
After an exciting 2013 State Championship baseball season, the expectations will be high as the St. Luke's Wildcats head into a new season. The Wildcats are finally at the point where every year we have a graduating class. The 2013 class of seniors went through many ups and downs throughout their high school career, but on May 16th 2013 they, along with there teammates brought home the Blue Championship Trophy to Mobile.
After our baseball tryouts in November, our coaching staff feels very confident about the future of St. Luke's baseball. The senior leaders of this team were all part of the 2013 season. Drew Dismukes, Brandon Cook, Austin Davis, Justin Robinson, and Reave Shewmake will be the seniors that lead the Wildcats this season.
Looking at the different facets of the game of baseball; pitching, defense, and offensively; the Wildcats will have to really work hard to match some the accomplishments from the 2013 season. Pitching should be a strength of the upcoming season due to all the starting pitching that is returning. Seniors Brandon Cook and Drew Dismukes will see a lot of innings on the mound this season. Sophomores Leighton Lary, Paul Williamson, and Patrick Martin will also see work on the mound. Juniors Danny Haskell and Luke Phillips will see the mound primarily as a reliever.
We are excited about our team defensively as last years team turned a lot of double plays and finished the season with a high fielding percentage. All the defensive skills we do at practice, should make this team a very strong defensive group, with the potential for matching what was accomplished last year. Outfield play will be solid also, with all three positions having above average arm strength and players who can run down balls in the outfield. Hitting will be critical part of our attention this year after losing our first four hitters in the line up to graduation. The potential is there to do great things, but as a group we will have to do the little things well to score runs for the Wildcats.
This season schedule is one of the toughest St. Luke's has taken on, but this will benefit the Wildcats and prepare us to become a better team as the season goes on. As a staff, we want our players to be disciplined and dedicated to doing the right things on and off the field. The players and staff are looking forward to hitting the with a purpose and everyday we take the field we want to walk off the field at the end of practice knowing we got better!!!
2012-13 Season Review
The 2013 baseball season, both at the Middle School/Junior Varsity and Varsity level were filled with exciting games and players that learned so much from start to finish. Both teams played a difficult schedule, but had a combined 38-13 record. This was one of the most gratifying baseball seasons I have ever been associated with because of the commitment from the players, parents, and coaches.
The varsity team started the 2013 season by playing in a very tough, twenty four team Hank Aaron Tournament. The Wildcats ended the tournament with a 2-2 record and showed signs of being a good team early in the season. The next Tournament was at Cottage Hill where St. Luke's beat Mobile Christian 5-2, Cottage Hill 7-1, and Millry High School 8-0 to win the tournament. The last tournament the wildcats participated in was in Fayetteville, Alabama. This was a 1A tournament which involved 4 of the 6 teams that were ranked at the 1A level. This was a point in the season that set the tone for the rest of the season. St. Luke's outscored the four apponents in this tournament 46 to 3. The Championship game, the wildcats played a very good senior laden Athens Bible team. Drew Dismukes threw a complete game for the wildcats as we went on to win 6-2. Offensively, the team hit as well as we did all year by hitting 4 home runs while averaging almost 12 runs a game.
The last two weeks of the season had some stiff competition and we as a staff believe this is why we ended the season by winning the State Championship. The Wildcats lost to St. Paul's 5-4 and Daphne 3-0 and I believe this lit a fire under us because we new we could compete with anybody. We were disappointed not to win these games, but we competed to the end in both of these games. After these two losses, St. Luke's went on to win the next 12 games, including a 10-0 record in the playoffs.
Road To The State Championship
The following is a synopsis of the five rounds of playoffs starting with McKenzie high school. St. Luke's was able to dominate this round at home by winning both games 11-1 and 15-1. The second round had the Wildcats traveling to Uriah Alabama to take on J.U. Blacksher high school. Game one was a tight game until the top of the sixth, we scored three runs in the sixth and nine in the 7th inning to go on to win 17-2. Game two St. Luke's took control early and won 15-3. The third round the Wildcats traveled to Shades Mountain Christian in Hoover, where they took on a very good baseball team. Both games were close as the wildcats had to hang on in game one but went on to win 8-4. Murphy Mostellar came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the 4th inning with the score tied 4-4. He did not allow a run, as he pitched four scoreless innings for the wildcats and we went on to win the game 8-4. Game two was a sloppy mess, as it rained most of the game as the wildcats won 8-5. Round four had St. Luke's hosting a very good Brantley team that had a chip on there shoulder from the 2012 season as the wildcats eliminated them from the playoffs in 2012. St. Luke's had an unbelievable confidence about them as they swept the series 9-3 and 10-3. The defense in these two games made the difference, there were several double plays that helped keep the momentum on the Wildcats side. The team also had a lot of key two out hits which was critical and gave us a lot of confidence and a never say die attitude.
The fifth and final round of the State Playoffs had the Wildcats playing the 3 time state champion Shoals Christian Flame. Game one was played at Patterson Field in Montgomery, where Brandon Cook took the mound for the Wildcats. He threw a tremendous game one, by limiting his pitch count and keeping the Shoals Christian hitters off balance. He won game one by a final score of 6-0, as the wildcats were able to execute offensively and again play a solid defensive game. Game two took us to Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits. Leighton Lary toed the rubber for game two, and just like Brandon Cook did, he took control of the game by throwing a lot of strikes and letting the defense make plays for him. In the top of the 7th inning, the Wildcats took the field knowing they were three outs away from bringing home the first baseball state title. With two outs and a runner on third base, Leighton Lary got the hitter to hit a ground ball to Jeremiah Jackson at shortstop, where he fielded it cleanly and made a perfect throw to Patrick Martin who was playing 1st base. It was an unbelievable thing of beauty as the wildcat fans, players, and coaches celebrated something that a lot of high school players never get to experience. To watch the players and coaches storm the field to make a dog pile around the mound, this is something we will never forget!!
It only took three years for the St. Luke’s baseball program to win a State Title, this was accomplished by a dedicated group of young men who worked and played everyday, with nothing else in mind but to represent the school in a postive manner. Our Seniors, led by example and were one of the reasons for the success of our team. They will be sorely missed, but the upcoming seniors will take over where they left off and not miss a beat. The future looks great for St. Luke’s baseball, because our players never put themselves before the TEAM!!!!
I have been blessed in my 12 years as a head coach, to be surrounded by great assistant coaches. Josh Eddington, Tyler Minto, Patrick Shreve, Dan Shanahan, it will be very hard to find any other coaching staff that works as hard as these guys do. They all teach the game of baseball, but more importantly they teach the game of life off the field. Thanks to all of them and when you see these guys let them know how much you appreciate what they do for your son. We are all looking forward to next season and the opportunity to get back to Montgomery again and hopefully win back to back state championships.
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