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St. Luke's names Josh Eddington as the new head coach for it's baseball program for the 2014-15 season. Coach Eddington has been with the program the past 5 seasons under the leadership of former head coach Tim Becker.
Coach Tyler Minto and Coach Jason Phillips will return as assistants on the Wildcats staff.
The Wildcats are coming off back to back state championship seasons at the 1A level as they move up to class 2A for the 2014-15 season. They will join Mobile Christian, Flomaton and Leroy in Area 1 for 2A.
Tryouts for the upcoming season will be in late November. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Coach Eddington can be reach at email@example.com or 251-533-2121
2013-14 Road To Back To Back Titles
The 2014 season started out with a record of 2-2 in the Baybears Classic. The Wildcats lost to Mary Montgomery and Baldwin County to start out the season in a disappointing fashion. This showed us there was still a lot of work to do at practice and the boys were anxious to correct the mistakes made in these two games. The Wildcats won games three and four in the tournament, beating Gulf Shores 11-1 and McGill-Toolen at The Hank 6-4. Ever since St. Luke’s has started playing baseball in the AHSAA, the schedules we have played have been very tough and competitive and this year was no different.
After the Baybears Classic the Wildcats went on to win 11 straight ballgames, some of these wins included wins over Daphne 9-2, and shutouts over two powerhouse Mississippi teams; Gulfport 5-0, and Van Cleave 6-0. The Wildcats also traveled to Montgomery and won three games in the FCA tournament.
The next big milestones of the season came with two big wins at home against two top ranked teams. The Wildcats beat 4A UMS-Wright 2-0 and a very good St. Paul’s team, that had previously only lost once on the season. Trailing 5-1 in the 6th inning, St. Luke’s scored 9 runs in the 6th to go on to win 10-5 on Senior Night. This game was a true “team” effort, as we had numerous players, including all five of our seniors, being a huge part of the rally inning and the victory.
The Wildcats finished the season strong entering the playoffs finshing with a 26-4 overall record.
In round one of the AHSAA playoffs the Wildcats beat J.U. Blacksher, 7-0 and 10-4. Then in round two, Area foe Fruitdale High School came to St. Luke’s, but the Wildcats were too much, winning both games 10-0 and 12-0. Next up round three the Wildcats were on the road traveling to Maplesville. The team came out flat in game one as the Red Devils won 9-6. With our backs to the wall, the Wildcats hung on to win game two 7-2 to force a game three in the series on Saturday. The Wildcats began the game down 3-0 early, but scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning to take a short lived 4-3 lead. After five complete innings the score was knotted up at five before St. Luke’s scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take the lead 10-5. The final score of a tough three game series ended with the Wildcats victorious 11-5. The fourth round, had the Wildcats again traveling, this time to Fayetteville. Rain was an issue throughout the series, but St. Luke’s played both games with a lot of discipline and won both games in a convincing fashion, 7-0 and 10-0.
Having a chance to play again for a state title, the players had a great week of practice and the coaches could see the confidence of the team as it got to raised another level. The championship round in Montgomery had the Wildcats playing Athens Bible. It was nice to see another team at the state finals, as St. Luke’s the two years prior had played Shoals Christian. In game one at Paterson Field, St. Luke’s, went on to win a close 3-2 game. As a team we knew we needed to play better in game two or Athens Bible could beat us. Game two began and the Wildcats played great baseball at Riverwalk Stadium. In similar fashion as 2013, the Wildcats won 7-3 to complete the Back to Back State Titles.
As with every great team, leadership is a huge factor, and the 2014 Wildcats were no different.Speaking to this point, I would like to recognize the five seniors that played a big part of the success of the 2014 season. Reave Shewmake, Austin Davis, Drew Dismukes, Justin Robinson, and Brandon Cook should wear their state championship rings with a great deal of pride. Additionally, I would like to thank the parents and fans for their support throughout the season. Lastly, Josh Eddington, Tyler Minto, and Jason Phillips, I want to thank you for all did for the Wildcats. It was so much fun to go to practice and games everyday because all of you made it fun.
-Former Head Coach Tim Becker
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