40-win Wildcats named baseball National ChampionsPublished 10:41am Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Edgewood Academy can hang a second National Championship banner from the rafters after being awarded the honor by MaxPreps.com over the weekend.
“I had no idea until they posted it,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “It was pretty sweet though. And our kids deserve it. I’m glad they are getting notoriety like that.”
Edgewood Academy finished the year ranked No. 1 in the MaxPreps Small School (enrollment under 1,000 students National Baseball Rankings ahead of teams from Florida, Oklahoma and Arakansas.
“We tell our kids that we want them to go out and put Edgewood on the map,” said Carr. “This just put us on the map nationwide. When we were in Florida and we beat Arlington-Day in front of the MLB Scouting Bureau, I told them that was their day to make a name. (National Champions) is a huge step.”
Edgewood finished ahead of Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic (23-5), Verdigris (Okla., 32-2), St. Joseph (Ark.) (15-2) and Cambridge-South Dorchester (Md.) (17-5).
“I think this is a great reward for our guys,” said Carr. “We had a great record this year and we are going out and beating teams outside the AISA. That’s probably helped our program more than anything. I know a lot of public school folks talk about our league and don’t want to play us. But we are getting competition outside of our league and that’s making us better.”
Carr expects his Wildcats to be humble champions, but at the same time teaches them they are only as good as the product on the field.
“We play with a swagger and a
confidence,” said Carr. “But we show up every day and go to work. They (AISA) aren’t going to come and take our trophies away if we don’t keep winning them. But, we are only as good as what we do in that season.”
Edgewood, who spent all but one week as the AISA’s top team, posted back-to-back 40-win seasons.
“The new kids to our program see it,” said Carr. “I really don’t have to preach anything. They come in and jump right on board. They get that hunger.”