MaxPreps ranks Edgewood baseball sixth best small school program in 2014Published 11:13am Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The Edgewood Academy baseball program is becoming no stranger to national attention.
Released Thursday, the Wildcat baseball team ranked sixth in the MaxPreps Final Small School National Baseball Rankings, after winning its sixth consecutive AISA championship. Tallahassee’s North Florida Christian was named the best small school. In 2013, Edgewood topped MaxPreps’ list.
“I think it says an awful lot about our program and the respect we get nation-wide,” Wildcats head baseball coach Bobby Carr said Tuesday. “That’s one of the main reasons we play the bigger schools out-of-state, to get the recognition for the talent we have at Edgewood. We won the thing last year. But it’s humbling to be mentioned with the best schools in the country.”
This season, the Wildcats went 40-5, including victories over Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville), Gulf Breeze (Florida), Gatewood (Georgia) and a two-game sweep of Marengo Academy in the Class A state title series at Paterson Field in Montgomery. Led by a trio of college signees, Taylor Hawthorne (Jacksonville State), Chase Laney and Heath Young (both signed with Jeff Davis Community College), the team rattled off 22 straight wins after it was swept by Tuscaloosa Academy early in the year.
“Nobody expected us to do what we did this year, given the guys we lost last year,” Carr said. “But here we are, we have six straight championships and won 40 games this year. We’ve won 40-plus for the fifth consecutive season, which is a big accomplishment that nobody expected us to meet.”