MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Tuesday afternoon G.W. Long was playing for the chance to be crowned champions of the Class 2A world yet again. The Rebels (31-12) completed the two-game sweep of Mars Hill Bible (30-12) 11-4 to win the AHSAA 2A State Championship.
The win was the G.W. Long's 15th state title, increasing their AHSAA record, and clinched back-to-back state championships for head coach Drew Miller and his team.
Starter Dylan Register (11-0) wrapped up an undefeated season on the mound going 5 2/3 strong, allowing just four hits while striking out six.
After coming from behind to win Monday night's game 7-6, G.W. Long's bats caught fire early on Tuesday. The Rebels jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring all four runs in the second inning. Mars Hill would punch back, cutting the deficit to 4-3 before the end of the third.
With the weather heating up, the G.W. Long bats were following suit. They struck for two more runs in the fourth and four more in the top half of the fifth.
Register was swinging it just as well as he was throwing it. He drove in one of the Rebels' runs in the fourth, singling home Jake Ogelsby, who led the inning off with a double. Register finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Kamryn Faria walked to jump start the fifth-inning rally and Christian Collier drove the final nail in the coffin with a big two-run double.
Tuesday's win gives G.W. Long six more baseball crowns than the next AHSAA school, but what's even more impressive may be that it is their 15th championship in a 38-year span. The school's first championship came in 1980.