MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Back-to-back-to-back like the Chicago Bulls in the 90s. With Thursday’s 7-0 win over Westbrook Christian (23-14), G.W. Long (34-6) three-peated as champions of Class 2A.
The Rebels blanked the Warriors behind a six-hit, 12-strikeout performance tossed by senior Matt Snell at Riverwalk Stadium.
Snell was able to pitch out of multiple jams throughout the game starting from the jump. He gave up a two-out triple to Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton in the first inning, but would strike out the next batter to end the inning. Then in the second, John Ross Morgan doubled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, but was stranded after Snell struck out the Warrior batter with two outs to end yet another threat.
Pitchers who rake. Look it up in the dictionary and there’s a picture of Snell right next to it. Not only did he handle himself on the mound, but the pitcher/third baseman can swing it at the plate as well. He not only pitched his way to MVP honors, but hit his way there, too. He went 4-for-4 in Game 2 with a solo shot in the sixth inning. He also scored two runs. He finished the series 7-for-9 with four RBIs.
As a team, G.W. Long racked up 27 hits in the two-game sweep, batting an intense .435 and driving in 19 runs. Catcher Slade Simmons had two hits in Thursday’s clincher. He finished 4-for-7 with a pair of runs driven in in the title series.
Thursday’s title win was G.W. Long’s 16th - not all-time - but 16th since 1989.