Rod Boykin is tagged at the plate after nearly scoring on an inside-the-park home run to open Game 2 of Wednesday's AISA semifinal series.
Rod Boykin is tagged at the plate after nearly scoring on an inside-the-park home run to open Game 2 of Wednesday's AISA semifinal series.

Edgewood to play for fifth state championship

Published 7:42pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Gage Pregno came to Edgewood Academy to play for a state championship. And after fanning 12 Abbeville batters Wednesday afternoon, he’s getting that opportunity.

“I’m ecstatic,” Pregno said following Edgewood’s 10-0  Game 2 win. “I’m glad to have this for myself and for my teammates.”

Pregno, who will pitch for Samford this fall, gave up a hit and a walk early and for a majority of five inning affair rendered the Abbeville Christian bats useless.

Gage Pregno fanned 12 Generals in Wednesday's Game 2 win
Gage Pregno fanned 12 Generals in Wednesday’s Game 2 win

His outing followed in the footsteps of Bailey Hansen’s Game 1 performance.

Hansen (a Jax State football signee) pitched five innings of shutout baseball in a 10-0 win to remain unbeaten on the year.

Edgewood will play the Patrician/Lakeside winner May 7 at Paterson Field (Montgomery) in an afternoon doubleheader beginning at 3 with Game two to follow.

“You know most schools, having just won a series like this would be jumping up and down and dogpiling on the mound,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “Not here. When you put on that jersey, you expect to play for a state championship.”

In the first game, the Wildcats jumped on the Generals 6-0 in the first en route to the 10-0 win.

John Mark Cosby (Jeff Davis Community College) doubled down the rightside to score Rod Boykin (Alabama State) from third for the win.

The Wildcats, the guests in the second game, scattered the offense over five innings in the second game.

Jolan Stierenger doubled to score Daniel Green and Garrett Gibson (running for Hunter Glenn) to push the tally to 9-0.

With two outs Boykin drifted a lazy fly ball to centerfield, deep enough to  score Bradley Evan (running for Stierenger) and give Edgewood a 10-0 lead.

Pregno toed the rubber and Abbeville went down in order.

“This is what happens when you combine strong pitching with strong batting,” said Carr.

The highlight of the second game was Boykin. The senior soon-to-be-Hornet was 3-for-3 and led the game off with a triple that almost became an inside-the-park home run.

“It felt great,” said Boykin after the game. “It was a great hit, I gave out of breath a little rounding third.”

With the two wins, Edgewood improved to 42-3 on the year.

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