MURFREESBORO — For the first time in school history, the Siegel Stars are state champions in baseball.
The Stars captured their first title over Arlington Friday night, winning 9-8 at MTSU’s Reese Smith Jr. Field.
Though it was the first title in school history, it was the second for coach Craig Reavis. Reavis won the Class AAA title in 2002 at La Verge, the last time a Rutherford County team won a state title in baseball.
Friday night’s title seemed locked up after four innings when the Stars were leading Arlington 9-1 poised for a blowout. However after nearly imploding in the bottom of the sixth, Siegel’s lead was cut to two.
An inning later, Arlington was threatening after adding one more run to force a decisive bottom of the seventh.
That is when Reavis called on Jacob Key, who delivered three strikeouts to help Siegel escape.
“There were tons of nerves but I wanted the ball so bad,” Key said. “It worked out our way tonight.”
There was no doubt after the game, the players dedicated the first school title to their longtime coach.
“I love coach and I am excited we could do this for him,” said third baseman Jordan Middleton, who had two RBIs. “It’s a great moment for our school and our team to make history.”
Reavis reflected on his second state title after the win.
“It’s unbelievable, especially coming from a losing bracket,” Reavis said. “The game showed how we stayed rock-solid.”
The Stars took one of the most challenging paths to their first state title appearance after dropping their opener to Summit.
Siegel won the losers bracket game over Collierville on Wednesday 6-5 and crushed Sevier County 10-0 later that evening.
That brought back-to-back games against Summit on Thursday. The Stars took both of those games to advance to their first state championship game.
“This is the best feeling of my life,” Middleton said.
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