MONTGOMERY, AL (WIAT) – In a battle of old vs. new, new came out on top on Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. The Pelham Panthers took home their 2nd Class 6A State Championship in baseball, defeating Hewitt-Trussville, and former Panther coach Jeff Mauldin 1-0.
Jack Pierce put on a clinic on the mound, going the distance on a two-hit shutout, striking out 8 for the Panthers. The junior pitcher says it means a lot to come through in the clutch for his team. “We’ve worked so hard and it just means so much. I’ve watched so many good teams come through this Pelham program that didn’t make it there, for us to make it there and for us to bring it home, that just means everything to me.” Pierce said.
Both teams were scoreless through three complete innings. Alec Talley held the Panthers at bay for Hewitt-Trussville until the 4th inning. Back-to-back doubles by Chase Brashier and Aaron Anderson provided the only run of the game. Talley gave up 6 hits and 1 run in 7 innings of work.
Pelham’s Thomas Lowery was named the MVP of the tournament. “It’s surreal. I can’t even describe how I feel right now. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I think it’s not going to sink in until probably next week sometime. But I just can’t say enough about this team. I mean, yeah we got off to a rough start, but we never stopped fighting.” Lowery said.
Even though it was a sweet moment for Pelham head coach Sean Anderson, it also left a little bit of a bitter taste since he beat his friend, former Pelham coach Jeff Mauldin. “It hurts you a little bit, but at the same point, somebody’s got to win and somebody’s got to lose and luckily today it was us.” Anderson said.
Anderson reiterated how much his players and team meant to him this season.”Coaches get a lot of the recognition, but it’s all the kids. I mean, they did everything. I mean, we put them in the position to win or we try to put them in a position to win, but they execute everything, so it all goes to them. That blue trophy’s going to sit in the school and it should have everyone of their names on it” he said.
The championship is Pelham’s first since 2008 in baseball.
Here are all the AHSAA winners in baseball for 2013:
4A- Charles Henderson
3A- Trinity Presbyterian
2A- G.W. Long
1A- St.Luke’s Episcopal