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St. Luke's Captures Second Straight 1A Baseball Crown

May 16, 2014
Tri County Sports

      St. Luke’s Episcopal pounded 14 hits in game two Friday morning to beat Athens Bible 7-3 for  the AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium.  The Wildcats (36-5), who beat the Trojans in game one Thursday at Paterson Field 3-2, won the state title for the second year in a row.
    St. Luke’s lead-off hitter Luke Phillips was 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and run scored. The junior, who was named Class 1A State Baseball Championship Series MVP, was also called on in the third inning to move from second base to the mound and he responded by shutting down Athens Bible (28-10) over the final 4 2/3 innings to get the win.
      Phillips allowed just one hit and struck out one – pitching out of a bases-loaded jam when Coach Tim Becker inserted him in the third with the Wildcats holding a 4-3 lead. Phillips faced only 16 batters the rest of the way to seal the win. Starting pitcher Brandon Book gave up five hits and struck out one over the first 2 1/3 innings.
      Drew Dismukes slammed a two-run triple in the first inning, Payl Williamson had three hits, Daniel Haskell and John David Favors added two hits each for St. Luke’s.
     Carter Cornell anf Drew Ogles managed two hits each for the Trojans. Starter Cole Graviett pitched 2 1/3 innings to get the loss. Eighth grader Kenneth Adams hurled the final 4 2/3 innings, gave up six hits, walked two and struck out seven in a strong relief performance.

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