St. Luke's Episcopal beats Shoals Christian to win Class 1A state baseball title

Class 1A St. Luke's Episcopal captured the school's first state baseball title Thursday sweeping three-time defending state champion Shoals Christian in the AHSAA State Baseball Championships at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium.

The Class 4A series also concludes today at Riverwalk Stadium with Charles Henderson and Brooks playing at 4 p.m. (and 7 p.m. if needed).

Two more championship series get underway at Paterson Field. G.W. Long meets Westbrook Christian in the Class 2A series opener at 4 p.m. and Trinity Presbyterian faces Mars Hill Bible in the Class 3A opener at 7 p.m.

Class 1A Championship Series Game Recaps

Game 2: St. Luke's Episcopal{}7, Shoals Christian 2

St. Luke's Episcopal slugged 11 hits in game two to beat three-time defending state champion Shoals Christian 7-2.

Coach Tim Becker's Wildcats (32-8) closed out an amazing 10-game playoff winning streak with the{}victory. Leighton Lary (9-1) got the win going all seven innings. He scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out two.

Will Bishop (11-2), who closed his career with 20 playoff wins, took the loss yielding 11 hits and striking out two.

Class 1A Series MVP Justin Ware was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. He finished 5-for-7 in the series.{}First baseman Murphy Mostellar had a single and two RBIs. Becker's son Dalton also had two hits, including a triple, and catcher Steven Mulhern had two hits and two RBIs.

Shoals Christian (27-15), coached by Jason Anderson, was led by Bishop, who had a triple, double and one hit-by-pitch. Josh Vardeman also had a single and an RBI while teammate Tanner Bozeman socked a double.

The state title was the second state championship for the school this week as the Wildcats also won the 1A-2A boys state golf title in Muscle Shoals Tuesday.

Game 1: St. Luke's 6, Shoals Christian 0

St. Luke's Episcopal junior left-hander Brandon Cook shut out defending state champion Shoals Christian as the Wildcats posted a 6-0 win to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Class 1A series.

Cook (8-3) scattered eight hits and walked one but didn't record a strikeout. He kept the Flame hitters off stride and the St. Luke's defense turned two double plays to help seal the victory.

Senior first baseman Murphy Mostellar was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to pace St. Luke's (31-8) to its ninth playoff win a row. Coach Tim Becker's Wildcats also got two hits each from center fielder Justin Ware and third baseman Danny Haskell.

Christian Shipe (7-5) allowed 10 hits but just two earned runs and took the loss. He struck out five and walked just one for the Flame (27-14). Shipe and shortstop Tanner Traglia had two hits each.

Source:{} AHSAA