Trinity’s Robert Adams saved his best for last and led the Wildcats to their third championship in four seasons.
In the first game of the championship series, he struck out nine batters on the mound and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He followed up his performance by going 3-for-3 in the series clinching win.
Adams had a 1.28 ERA and 9-1 record this season, striking out 82 batters in 652/3 innings. He batted .425 with 31 RBIs, 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Adams was named first-team All-State, the All-State player of the year and the All-State pitcher of the year.
How does it feel to be selected as the All-Metro player of the year?
“It feels great. It was really unexpected? My dad came in and was like, ‘Congratulations.’ And I was like, ‘For what?’ I was really shocked.”
How did it feel to win a third state championship?
“It felt so good. It still feels just as good as it did. It’s sunk in a lot. It didn’t feel real at first that we’ve done it three times. I’ve been on all three of those teams, but that one meant the most to me.”
You guys started slow, but turned it on at the end. What was the turning point?
“We just had a handful of guys step up, and they realized that we could do it. That first year that we won, I just kind of sat back and watched everybody and saw what they did. Something just clicked with everybody on the team, and they just knew they could do it, and they worked hard every day. You’re only playing two games a week, and it’s kind of weird being at the school practicing and knowing you could be done after that next Friday. We were kind of tense at the beginning of the season, but we relaxed and just played like we have been since we were kids together.”
How were you feeling in Game 1 of the championship series?
“That was probably the most stressful game I’ve been in, but it was weird because it might have been the most relaxed game I’ve ever played. I don’t know how I worked out some of those. Michael Sellers made a huge play in one of those jams. I remember striking out a guy with it 3-2, bases loaded, to get out of it somehow. And I found every hole every at bat all series. I’m just glad it happened in the state championship.”
You’re drawing college interest for baseball and football. Which way are you leaning?
“I’m getting way more interest for football than baseball, probably because I don’t play as much baseball in the summer because I’m trying to get ready for football. There’s way more schools talking to me for football. I’m looking to go to a bigger school, so I think I have a better opportunity with football to do that.”
If you won the lottery, what would you buy for yourself?
“Some sick boat. Maybe a bunch of boats”
If I forced you to sing karaoke, what are you singing?
“Probably some country song. I’d probably just walk off the stage. I might sing some Taylor Swift.”
ADVERTISER ALL-METRO CLASS 1A-4A BASEBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:ROBERT ADAMS, TRINITY
P — Robert Adams, Jr., Trinity
Had a 1.28 ERA and 9-1 record for the Class 4A state champion Wildcats. Struck out 82 batters in 652/3 innings. Batted .425 with 31 RBIs. Also had 10 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 10 stolen bases. First-team All-State. All-State player of the year and pitcher of the year.
P — Davis Daniel, Jr., St. James
Had a 0.74 ERA and 5-1 record for the Trojans. Struck out 82 batters in 47 innings. Threw three shutouts and two no-hitters. Second-team All-State. N.C. State commitment.
P — Tommy Edwards, Sr., Elmore County
Had a 1.77 ERA and 5-1 record for the Panthers. Struck out 42 batters in 471/3 innings.
P — Jake Hulcher, Sr., Catholic
Had a 1.91 ERA and 6-3 record for the Knights. Struck out 70 batters in 55 innings. Threw five complete games. Also batted .372 with 19 RBIs.
INF — Trace Johnson, Sr., Trinity
Batted .476 with 26 RBIs for the Class 4A state champion Wildcats. Also had nine doubles, two triples and 15 stolen bases. First-team All-State. Southern Union signee.
INF — Britton Webb, Sr., Prattville Christian
Batted .378 with 23 RBIs for the Panthers. Also had six doubles, two home runs and seven stolen bases.
INF — Scott Simmons, Sr., Montgomery Academy
Batted .414 with 24 RBIs for the Eagles. Also had nine doubles and six stolen bases.
INF — Dalton Davis, Sr., Billingsley
Batted .369 for the state semifinalist Bears. Also had 28 RBIs and 42 stolen bases.
INF — Parker Chavers, So., LAMP
Batted .374 with eight RBIs for the Golden Tigers. Also had five doubles, four triples and six stolen bases.
INF — Tyler Powell, Sr., Billingsley
Batted .326 with 21 RBIs for the state semifinalist bears. Also had a .910 fielding percentage. Faulkner signee.
OF — Brady Greene, So., St. James
Batted .280 with 16 RBIs for the Trojans. Had five doubles and two triples. Also had a 1.37 ERA and 7-3 record on the mound. Struck out 60 batters in 661/3 innings and threw two shutouts.
OF — Spencer Hamilton, So., St. James
Batted .374 with 14 RBIs for the Trojans. Also had five doubles and seven stolen bases.
OF — Jimmy Massey, Sr., Montgomery Academy
Batted .357 with 20 RBIs for the Eagles. Also had six doubles, four triples and 12 stolen bases.
C — M.J. Melendez, So., St. James
Batted .362 with 26 RBIs for the Trojans. Also had seven doubles, two triples and four home runs. Honorable mention All-State.
UTL — Charlie Leisy, Sr., Trinity
Batted .323 with 14 RBIs for the Class 4A state champion Wildcats. Also had 11 doubles and one triple. Had a 2.25 ERA with 15 strikeouts on the mound.
DH — Michael Walls, Sr., Elmore County
Batted .440 with 20 RBIs for the Panthers. Also had 12 doubles, four triples, one home run and 15 stolen bases.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ken Whittle, Trinity
Billingsley: Garrett Harrell. Catholic: Reese Smith, Blake Johnson, Bryan Rodopoulos. Elmore County: Hunter Fulmer, Reed Butler, Shannon Darnell, Brady Knight. Holtville: Zach Davis, Hunter Davis. LAMP: Winston Morgan, Casey Richardson. Montgomery Academy: Mason Little. St. James: Tyler Robertson, Teddy Bridges, Robert Lee. Trinity: Ben Jones, Connor Franklin, Michael Sellers, Dalton Hill.
— Team compiled by Ethan Bernal in consultation with area coaches. The All-Metro area covers Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.