With the advent of social media, news travels faster than ever. Just ask the Captain Shreve Gators.
Almost immediately after finishing a Saturday doubleheader sweep of Parkway, the Gators quickly learned Haughton had defeated Byrd in the second game of its doubleheader, clinching the District 1-5A title for Captain Shreve.
“They had known through social media, Twitter and Facebook,” Shreve coach Todd Sharp said. “They knew we were district champs.”
Aside from this week’s three-game, 1-5A series against Byrd, which runs Friday, Saturday and Monday, Sharp’s team still has goals to accomplish.
“We still have a lot to play for,” he said. “We’ve never won 13 or more district games. We went 12-0 when we were 4A. We still have a lot of goals to chip away at.”
The Gators (22-8, 12-0) have put together a team that blends veterans and underclassmen and have built a 12-game win streak.
Captain Shreve’s leading hitter is freshman Justin Skeesick, and sophomore catcher Bryant Bowen has been a constant in the starting lineup since arriving on campus two seasons ago.
“It’s a great mix of players who have contributed,” Sharp said. “We feel good from top to bottom. They’ve bought into what we’re doing.”
Calvary: The Cavaliers won the 2012 Class 2A state championship behind three power pitchers — Ryan Leone, Garrett Williams and Josh Leone.
First-year coach Todd Walker knew he wouldn’t have Josh Leone, who graduated after the Cavaliers’ title run, but he expected to have Ryan Leone and Williams at his disposal. Ryan Leone has not pitched this season, but the Cavaliers are still in position to clinch the District 1-2A title and earn a high playoff seed because of right-hander Stephen Morrison.
Morrison has given the Cavaliers a right-handed complement to Williams, an Oklahoma State signee and one of Louisiana’s top MLB draft prospects.
Morrison is 6-1 and has tossed six complete games in his seven starts.
“He’s meant everything to us,” Walker said. “We lost Ryan Leone, who is a strong talent, but Stephen Morrison has done the work on his own. We told our pitchers last August, when the bell rings Feb. 22, you don’t have time to graduate your pitch count. You have two months of a season. This isn’t the big leagues. Morrison took that seriously. He got his arm in shape. He threw a lot of long toss and did a lot of drills. He made himself who he is.”
District 1-4A: Benton and Minden square off tonight at Benton in a game that will determine the district championship.
A Benton win gives the Tigers a perfect 10-0 record. A Minden victory would tie the teams in the loss column. The Crimson Tide has four more district games remaining after tonight.