JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Ariton Purple Cats competing in the AHSAA 2A state baseball championship against the Vincent Yellow Jackets.
Ariton in search of its first state championship in any sport for the school.
The Purple Cats entered game two at Jacksonville State University with a 1-0 series lead, they took game one 2-1.
Coleman Bragg threw a complete game giving up four runs on 11 hits in seven innings pitched and had five strikeouts and one walk.
Ariton needed only three outs in the top of the seventh for the win, but Vincent tied it up 4-4.
In the bottom of the seventh the Purple Cats with a chance to walk it off and win it all, senior Paxton Steed hits it into the left field gap to bring Landon Tyler home from third and Ariton wins its first state title 5-4 on a walk off single.
“It means a lot,” Steed said moments after his walk off hit. “Coach Pickett just had faith in me and I had faith in myself. I saw it when it came out of his hand and I just stayed on it.”
Not only is this the Purple Cats’ first state baseball title it is the first state championship in any sport for the school.
“It means a lot to our community and the town of Ariton,” Ariton senior Coleman Bragg said. “I think it just sets the tone for the younger kids. We just couldn’t be more happy about it.”
“We’ve never won a state championship in anything so to do that I think it opens the door and says we can do it,” senior Connor Thrash said. “I’m sure there’s going to be many more state championships to come in all sports.”
“A lot of the town came and supported us and that’s just how they are they’re going to be behind you in everything you do,” championship series MVP and Ariton senior Phenix Griffin said.
Congrats to the Purple Cats on a fantastic season and on bringing the first blue map back to the town of Ariton.