MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) - Class 1A St. Luke's Episcopal captured the school's first state baseball title Thursday, May 16, sweeping three-time defending state champion Shoals Christian in the AHSAA State Baseball Championships at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium.
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Class 1A Championship Series
Game 2: St. Luke's Episcopal 7, Shoals Christian 2
St. Luke's Episcopal slugged 11 hits in game two to beat three-time defending state champion Shoals Christian 7-2.
Coach Tim Becker's Wildcats (32-8) closed out an amazing 10-game playoff winning streak with the victory. Leighton Lary (9-1) got the win going all seven innings. He scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out two.
Will Bishop (11-2), who closed his career with 20 playoff wins, took the loss yielding 11 hits and striking out two.
Class 1A Series MVP Justin Ware was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. He finished 5-for-7 in the series. First baseman Murphy Mostellar had a single and two RBIs. Becker's son Dalton also had two hits, including a triple, and catcher Steven Mulhern had two hits and two RBIs.
Shoals Christian (27-15), coached by Jason Anderson, was led by Bishop, who had a triple, double and one hit-by-pitch. Josh Vardeman also had a single and an RBI while teammate Tanner Bozeman socked a double.
The state title was the second state championship for the school this week as the Wildcats also won the 1A-2A boys state golf title in Muscle Shoals Tuesday.
Game 1: St. Luke's 6, Shoals Christian 0
St. Luke's Episcopal junior left-hander Brandon Cook shut out defending state champion Shoals Christian as the Wildcats posted a 6-0 win to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Class 1A series.
Cook (8-3) scattered eight hits and walked one but didn't record a strikeout. He kept the Flame hitters off stride and the St. Luke's defense turned two double plays to help seal the victory.
Senior first baseman Murphy Mostellar was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to pace St. Luke's
(31-8) to its ninth playoff win a row. Coach Tim Becker's Wildcats also got two hits each from center fielder Justin Ware and third baseman Danny Haskell.
Christian Shipe (7-5) allowed 10 hits but just two earned runs and took the loss. He struck out five and walked just one for the Flame (27-14). Shipe and shortstop Tanner Traglia had two hits each.
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