Coosa Valley captures baseball title

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Reporter

HARPERSVILLE –After capturing its third AISA state championship in four years, it’s safe to say the Coosa Valley Rebels baseball team has established as a dynasty.

Under first year coach Tyler Dent, the Rebels took an unorthodox route to the title, needing a little help and a second chance to bring the trophy home. The Rebels fell to Clarke Prep in the semifinals, but after protesting Clarke’s illegal use of a pitcher, the loss was overturned.

“We lost 8-7 on a walk off home run in Game 3 at their place,” Dent said. “We knew something was up when they re-entered their starting pitcher.”

In a matter of minutes, the Rebels went from elimination to elation at the opportunity to play once more.

“We got a chance to play for the state championship, and made the most of our second chance,” he said. “A lot of [the guys] broke down in tears of joy.”

In the final round, CVA took on perennial power Lowndes Academy, where they swept the other Rebels in two games, 4-2 and 5-4.

Dent was quick to praise the play of his starting rotation and infield.

“Both of my starting pitchers threw great games,” he said. “Michael Mims in the leadoff spot was impossible to get out, and Landon Floyd at third base made two plays that saved the game for us.”

Dent said his upperclassmen took the reigns of the team in their first year of Class AA play.

“I have seven seniors, and every one played a huge role,” he said. “My senior class wanted it more than anything.”