Edgewood’s unprecedented fifth straight AISA baseball championship helped the Wildcats net a nearly unprecedented All-State haul.
Edgewood has five players on the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s AISA All-State team. It’s just the fourth time a school has had five.
“That’s crazy,” pitcher/catcher Bailey Hansen said. “Not many schools can say they had that many. The whole team deserves it, but we can’t all win.”
Hansen and Gage Pregno won major ASWA awards.
Hansen was named the AISA player of the year, while Pregno won pitcher of the year honors. Edgewood finished 44-3, won its six playoff games by a combined score of 70-3 and took the Class A title.
Hansen said there was little room for the Wildcats to have had a better season.
“We could have gone undefeated, but that’s about all,” he said.
Hansen finished 10-0 with an 0.95 ERA on the mound. At the plate, he had a .352 average with 32 RBIs.
Pregno was 12-2 with an 0.90 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 732⁄3 innings and gives Edgewood two straight AISA pitcher of the year winners. Mitch Greer won last year.
“He definitely deserves that,” Hansen said. “He went out there throwing 90-plus (mph) every game and shut people down. He showed that he’s a star.”
Only three other teams have had five All-State players: 2007 Class 5A Cullman, 2007 1A Hackleburg and 1999 4A St. Paul’s. All three also won state championships.
Edgewood has had at least one All-State player for eight consecutive seasons and has won seven major awards the last three years.
Besides Greer, Dylan Ingram was the hitter and player of the year last season. Ingram was All-State at designated hitter this year. Two years ago, Cole Lipscomb was the pitcher and player of the year.
Class 3A champion Trinity had multiple All-State players for the first time since its 2000 championship season.
Senior Allen Wood is a two-time All-State pitcher after the Wildcats won their second straight state title. Sophomore Trace Johnston, who played second base, third base and outfield, was All-State at second base.
Johnston played second base when Wood pitched. Wood was 9-1 with a 1.64 ERA, including a two-hit shutout in Trinity’s championship-sealing win over Mars Hill Bible. Johnston hit .462 with 29 RBIs and 48 runs scored in 41 games.
East Memorial, after recording its first All-State players in football and boys basketball in the 2012-13 school year, added its first in baseball.
Sophomore Austin Taylor, who played third base and first base for the Wildcats, was named All-State as a utility player. He hit .447 with 38 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 28 games.
In Class 4A, Alabama Christian’s Chandler Taylor gave the Eagles a sixth All-State player over the last five years, while Tallassee pitcher Jed Carter was the Tigers’ third in four seasons.
Macon-East, with All-State first baseman Josh Albritton and outfielder Payton Whittle, has had eight in six years.
Besides Hansen, Pregno and Ingram, Edgewood had outfielder Rod Boykin and third baseman John Mark Crosby on the All-State team.
Lowndes Academy, despite making the AISA Class AA finals, and Autauga Academy, which lost to Lowndes in the semifinals, had no players honored. The schools failed to nominate anyone.