Wildcats claim fifth straight titlePublished 8:14pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013
It was like they had been here before.
That’s because they had.
Five years in a row.
The Edgewood Wildcats added another chapter to their legend of baseball dominance by claiming their fifth straight title in as many years.
The sweep of Lakeside Academy Tuesday at Paterson Field put Edgewood in the Alabama Independent School Association record books with most consecutive baseball titles.
“That’s pretty impressive and we’ve got an awful lot of talent graduating,” said Wildcats coach Bobby Carr. “I talked to our guys about this during football season, since most play both sports. Tradition never graduates.”
The Wildcats have won Class AA titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This marks their first Class A baseball title.
The Wildcats (44-3) closed out their sweep of the Chiefs with a 13-2 victory in six innings.
Bailey Hansen threw a no-hitter in Game 1 to give Edgewoowd a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with a 10-0 victory in six innings.
“I knew that Bailey (Hansen) was going to have a good outing and if I played my game and relied on my defense I’d have a good game,” said Gage Pregno. “With this defense, it’s easy to have confidence out there.”
Hansen remained undefeated on the year and was named the championship series most valuable player.
Pregno (11 strikeouts) picked up where Hansen left off and carried the no-no into the sixth inning of the second game, despite allowing an unearned run to score on a passed ball.
Lakeside’s Brody Thomasson broke up the no-hitter with comebacker to Pregno that ricocheted off his glove.
Lakeside added another run in the bottom of the sixth before Pregno shut the Chiefs (20-12) down with a game-ending strikeout.