Montgomery, AL. — For the first time since 2010, the Auburn Tigers baseball team are state champions.
The Tigers beat Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 in game two at the Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery on Saturday as senior Drew Jennings pitched a complete game, 3-hit shutout.
This was Auburn’s third straight state title appearance. After coming up short the last two seasons, the Tigers captured the elusive title behind clutch pitching from Jennings and senior Brooks Fuller. In game one, Fuller pitched a 4-hit, complete game with the Tigers winning 4-1.
“Coach Cimo. I give everything to him,” Jennings said. “He’s been there since I was in the eighth grade. My parents started me when I was four years old and this is the biggest thing of my life right now. I’m just so thankful. I love them.”
This is the third state championship for head coach Matt Cimo and this year’s title is highlighted by a group of 15 seniors.
“There’s 15 of them, which is the largest group I’ve ever had,” Cimo said. “I get to watch them grow as eighth graders on so I’ve been with them for five years. I don’t really look at them as players. They’re more apart of my extended family.”