MONTGOMERY, Ala. – G.W. Long High School pitcher Tristan Rice (8-2) tossed a four-hit shutout at Riverwalk Stadium Friday to lift the Rebels past Westbrook Christian 5-0 as the storied program captured its 13th state baseball championship. It was the school’s first since 2005. The Rebels held the old record of 12 with Vestavia Hills and Hokes Bluff right behind with nine each.
Coach Drew Miller, who played on three of those state championship teams (1995, 1997, 1998) with his dad Earl Miller as coach, watched his team turn in a near-perfect performance with Rice’s effort on the mound, 10 G.W. Long hits on offense and a defense highlighted by left fielder Stetson Payne’s diving catch off the bat of Clay Templeton that robbed the Westbrook hitter of a sure double or triple.
That catch also snuffed out any hopes of a Warriors comeback.
Rice (8-2) walked three and struck out four to get the win. Jake Kilgo (9-2) gave up five hits and two runs in three innings to get the loss. Class 2A Series MVP Garrett Davis, who pitched a four-hit win in Thursday’s first game for Long (32-8), was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI .
Ivey and Josh Rogers also had two hits each.
Alex Perkins, Jordan McCartney, Jonathan Ford and Matthew Reaves each had singles for Westbrook (25-15), coached by Matt Kennedy.