Edgewood could claim AISA history as early as today.
The Wildcats, if they beat Lakeside in the Class A title series, will take an unprecedented fifth straight AISA baseball championship.
Edgewood (42-3) and the Chiefs (19-10) play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. today at Paterson Field. If needed, they’ll play a decisive Game 3 at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“We talked to the kids about it in football, and it’s the same thing now: Tradition never graduates,” Edgewood coach Bobby Carr said. “These seniors are 161-15, and they have a chance to make it 163 in four years.
“That’s unheard of.”
Only four teams in state history have won at least five straight championships. All are in the AHSAA.
Vestavia Hills won seven straight from 1994-2000. Sidney Lanier (1950-55), G.W. Long (1997-2002) and Hokes Bluff (2003-08) won six straight titles.
But only one AISA team other than Edgewood has won four in a row. Demopolis Academy did it from 1985-88.
“Our kids know this is their time of year,” Carr said. “Their focus is better because they know it’s their time of year. It’s been that way for the last four years.
“I hope we make it five.”
Edgewood, which has won four football titles in the last five years, has a .384 team batting average this season and has won 19 straight games.
The Wildcats, who have outscored their opponents 47-1 in four playoff games, have three players hitting at least .430.
Dylan Ingram has a .433 average and 63 RBIs. John Mark Cosby is hitting .447 with 60 runs. Rod Boykin has a .552 average, is 52-of-53 on steals and has scored 78 times.
“The biggest thing about this Edgewood baseball is team chemistry,” Carr said. “Everybody understands their role on the team.
“That’s what makes it so special and makes it so easy on the coaches,” Carr said. “You hear about a lot of teams that have a lot of talent, but they don’t play together.
“Our kids do.”