Posted: 6:57 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014

Lambert beats Milton 2-1 to win AAAAAA baseball title 

By Chip Saye

Kyle McCann blooped a two-out single over third base with two outs in the fifth inning, driving in pinch-runner Jarrett Wright with what would be the winning run as Lambert outlasted Milton 2-1 in the deciding game of the Class AAAAAA baseball championship series Monday at Milton.

The victory gave Lambert (36-2), ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today, the first baseball title in the program’s five-year history. Milton, which won the championship in 2013 and was seeking its fourth title, finished 28-9.

Lambert came into the series averaging more than nine runs per game but was limited to a total of five in the three-game series, picking up 2-1 victories in the first and last games while losing 5-1 in Game 2.

“The pitchers really stepped up,” Lambert coach Jamie Corr said. “Every single guy we put out on that mound, they stepped up and got it done. And it was a very, very great job by Milton’s pitching staff to hold our offense in check for the entire series.”

Designated hitter Jake Chickowski got the winning rally started with a leadoff double in the fourth. Wright then came in for Chickowski, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored two outs later on McCann’s single.

Lambert trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth but pulled even when pinch-hitter Will Dunavant singled to drive in McCann, who reached on an error to open the inning. The Longhorns had a chance to get more in the fourth, but Milton reliever Will Matthews got Lambert’s Seth Beer to hit into a double play, ending the threat.

Milton took a 1-0 lead in the third when Steven Curry scored on a wild pitch. Curry walked with one out, then stole second and moved to third on a groundout.

The Eagles had their chances against three Lambert pitchers but were unable to come up with a timely hit. Milton had runners on base in every inning but the second but managed just four hits and left seven runners on base, including four in scoring position.

Beer pitched the first three innings for Lambert and faced little trouble until the third, when he walked three batters and threw the wild pitch allowing Curry to score. After allowing a leadoff double to Dylan Cease in the fourth, Beer was relieved by fellow sophomore Turner Scruggs, who got out of the jam and allowed two hits over the next three innings to pick up the victory. Dylan Biumi, who came into the series 10-0 but was the losing pitcher in Game 2, earned some redemption by recording the final three outs to pick up the save.

Lambert’s Tucker Maxwell went 2-for-3 and finished 6-for-8 in the series with two RBIs.

“It feels great,” Corr said. “I’m so proud of the kids. “We have a young team, but the seniors we do have, they’re the ones that brought this thing home.”

9 comments
Abdullah
Abdullah

They most certainly, 100%, chanted "JD (Dutka) Swallows" a minimum of 15 times (the students).  And it wasn't just 2 or 3 students, it sounded like Cameron Indoor Stadium when they did it.  This was during Game 1.  

The players were calling out Kyle McCann by name (fitting he drove in one run and scored the other in the final) all day long on Saturday.  Your players should NEVER call a kid out by name.  


Your students shouldn't be allowed to behave the way they did REGARDLESS of whether they made fun of the kid who passed.  They embarrassed themselves, your school and your community just with the "normal" stuff they said.  And trust me, most everyone in the venue heard it.  Coaches, administrators, the GHSA, etc.  


The Lambert principal admonished one of our students for saying the first baseman "sucked" in the first inning and threatened to throw him out.  "We don't behave like that" he said.  Stay classy Milton.

MTaggart
MTaggart

Who ended up winning the game?

jt3232
jt3232

Video feed of game two flashed Milton Dugout with many of the players leaning over and giving the choke sign

with the hands around their neck (you can't hide or deny video proof). Whether or not the players were referring to the kid who died or just being classless jerks to the Lambert Players doesn't matter.   It was unbelievable to see coaches allow their players to take such action on the field.    Yell, scream, pull for your team, distract the opponent, whatever, but show some class.    Many many sources confirm Milton Students were yelling about the kid who died.   You can deny, but anyone there knows what happened.  

UGA76
UGA76

I hope there is a video with sound for the GHSA to review the abhorrent behavior by the Milton team and fans.  The Milton coaches should be sanctioned for not controlling their team and students.  I understand team rivalries but to make fun of a student's death is way over the line.

BegnerAJC
BegnerAJC

No one from Milton made fun of anyone's death.  Yes, we had administrators there as well as parents.  This person is reporting something she heard through the grape vine, and is greatly mistaken.  She needs to be careful of who she accuses of what.

justasportsjunkie
justasportsjunkie

@UGA76 That's terrible.  Can you tell us the circumstances of the death of the student?  There must've been a Milton administrator present.  Why didn't they stop the students? 

Rfurph
Rfurph

@BegnerAJC

Rfurph just now

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If It wasn't said then I guess they didn't need to tweet an apology. However this goes to show it was said! Your administration and your finest ALL turn a blind eye!


Rfurph
Rfurph

@BegnerAJC  It was said! No one is accusing when it was done and said. This parent is not spreading rumors! IN FACT that parent didn't know about it nor did her son tell her about it because he has more class than that. She was told from several sources. Your accommodating and warm welcoming hospitality all began  the moment we got there, fans running through our tailgate with their truck tearing up our signs, I heard the F Bomb more times than I did watching Wolf of Wall Street. Our players heard what was said along with Milton fans and players giving the finger, calling our players crude names and crossing the line with that awful comment. Not only did that comment cross the line about one of our students deaths, but it was racially insensitive backwards and ignorant. You seem to forget that sound travels and it was heard by our fans sitting directly across from your fans sitting on the trailer.  I guess you are from Milton and are denying it. Your team and your fans were rude, abhorrent and classless. From start till the lovely little Philly salute your boys gave our boys when they boarded the bus to go home yesterday. It was all witnessed. It was disgusting and I am not surprised you won't do anything about it. No one is accusing anyone when it was witnessed.

BegnerAJC
BegnerAJC

I spoke to this woman.  She did not hear the alleged comment herself; in fact, she said it was not until she got home and her child told her the comment was made.  She is spreading rumors about a student body that is awesome.