The Rebels(22-12) won the first game 4-1. In the second game, Allen Logan hit the game-winning RBI single to left field to cap off a come-from-behind victory to give CVA their third AISA state championship in four years.
“I give it all to God,” Tournament MVP Allen Logan said. “I had a knee injury and I was out for four weeks. I couldn’t have done it without God, he got me back. All the credit goes to my teammates, they backed me up. I am speechless, it is a great feeling. I really don’t care about this MVP; all I care about is that state championship trophy.”
The Rebels received a motivational speech from head coach Tyler Dent before going to bat in the seventh inning and it paid off.
“I told them not to help the guy out,” Dent said. “He was struggling to throw strikes. I told them to sit back and work on the approach that we work on everyday. They sat back and drove the ball opposite field. They fought hard with two strikes. I told them to be an impossible out. I couldn’t ask for any more fight.”
CVA only had two hits the first six innings of action, but their bats woke up in seventh.
Landon Floyd walked to get things going for the Rebels in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Hickman hit a single to left field to put runners on first and second. Michael Mims hit a single to right field to load the bases. Niko Teofilo hit a single to left field that scored Floyd and Hickman to tie the game at 4-4.
After a Garrett McMillan strikeout for the second out of the inning, Jake Carter was walked to load the bases.
Allen Logan was hitless in the series (0-7) before stepping into the batters box with two outs and the bases loaded. Logan was able to hit a two strike single into left field to drive in Michael Mims for the game-winning run.
“He had to come to me,” Logan said. “It was 3-2 with the bases loaded. I was sitting on the fast ball and I turned on it.”
Dent knew that Logan was going to come through in the clutch.
“I had all the confidence in the world in Logan,” Dent said. “He is a senior and he wants it more than anybody. I knew he was going to get the job done.”
CVA fell in the semifinals, but Clarke Prep pitched an illegal pitcher, which forced them to forfeit their two victories against CVA. Dent knew that his seniors would not let this opportunity pass them split through their fingers.
“My group of seniors got a second chance,” Dent said. “They know what it felt like to get beat and some of them will never get a chance to play again. They got that feel and we got a second chance and we made the best of the opportunity.”
Lowndes Academy had plans of forcing a game three. In the top off the fourth inning, they scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Errors in the fifth inning allowed CVA to trim the lead to 4-2. Floyd scored on an error on the second baseman, which allowed Floyd to take first base.
In the first game CVA jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Carter doubled down the right field line to score McMillan and Teofilo.
Lowndes Academy tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth inning. Wade Howard hit an RBI single to score Corey Lowe to make it 2-1. Thomas Ward scored from third base as Howard stole second base.
In the fifth inning, McMillan hit a double to right center field to score Teofilo and Michael Mims to put CVA a head 4-2.
Jake Carter won the first game for CVA. Carter earned the complete game victory. The senior allowed two hits, two runs and struck out four batters in the first game.
Logan earned the win in the second game. He allowed six hits, four runs (two earned runs) and two strike outs.
“Jake and Allen have been as solid as I could ask for in the playoffs,” Dent said. “They have been great every series that we play since round one. They have thrown strikes, they competed and they gave us a chance to win.”
The Rebels are losing seven seniors off this championship team. He believes his seniors weren’t only leaders on the diamond, but he believes they’re going to be leaders in the game of life.
“I have seven seniors,” Dent said. “The whole group are leaders in the classroom, leaders on the field and leaders in life. That means the world to me.”