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May 17, 2014

ABS no match for St. Luke’s in 1A final

— MONTGOMERY — With a host of new players and only three returning senior starters, there weren’t many outsiders who were optimistic about Athens Bible’s 2014 season. Even heading into the area tournament, there was no thought the Trojans would make a deep run in the Class 1A state tournament.

Friday morning, they battled defending state champion St. Luke’s from Mobile for the right to bring home a state championship. It wasn’t in the cards as they dropped game two of the championship series, 7-3.

“People like our seniors decided they were going to do this and encouraged everybody else,” Athens Bible coach Bill Murrell said. “When we get back home and look at the big picture, these guys have nothing to be ashamed of. This team came together when no one else believed we would be here.”

St. Luke’s took an early 4-1 advantage, before Athens Bible rallied in the bottom of the third. Jeb Hagewood led off with a base hit up the middle and later scored on a Carter Corneil single. With a bases loaded situation, Drew Ogles plated another run to make it 4-3 and end the scoring for the Trojans.

“I said yesterday these guys would battle back, I knew they could play like this today,” Murrell said of his team. “We faced a great team. St. Luke’s has built themselves quite a legacy in their few short years as an AHSAA member. My hats off to them.”

Corneil went 2 for 4 at the plate for Athens Bible. Ogles was 2 for 3.

“It was a great opportunity for all these younger guys to come out here and play,” Ogles said. “ I wish we could have won it. I just hope they’ll be down here again, soon.”

Despite the loss, Murrell saw bright things from his young group, including eighth-grader Kenneth Adams who worked 4 and 2/3 innings of relief.

“Moving forward we’ve got a good future,” he said. “We’ll have to rebuild a little, but we’ve got some hungry young guys. We’ll challenge them just like we challenged these guys.”


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