Spring Fling comes to a close Friday, but Thursday was a banner day for Chattanooga private schools.
The Baylor Red Raider baseball team was the first squad of the day to bring home a state championship. The players mobbed each other in a dog pile on the field and doused co-head coach Greg Elie.
The victory marked back-to-back state championships for Baylor. Co-head coach Mike Kinney explained the inner workings of the 2019 team. "This year was a much more calculated, planned out process, bringing the new boarders that we brought in, you had to teach them your culture. So it was more job oriented as coaches than it was last year," Kinney noted.
On the softball field, the Baylor Lady Red Raiders captured their fifth straight title. All of those championships have come over cross-town rival GPS. Baylor came from behind for a 2-1 victory. Coach Kelli Smith said the character of this team is all about family. Smith said, "We have a lot of kids that have the opportunity to play beyond Baylor, great ballplayers. But from 1 to 17
Freshman pitcher Sydney Berzon went the distance and said she wanted to go get ice cream after the game because she loves it.
On the pitch, McCallie nets its second championship in the past three years. Blue Tornado sophomore A.J. Gallup was able to maneuver the ball through a faltered MBA defense to score the second goal. McCallie wins it 2-0, one year after losing a heartbreaker to arch rival Baylor last year.
Blue Tornado coach Chris Cushenberry said, "And our kids were just motivated, they were motivated for a year to come back and do this. And there weren't a ton of guys on this team that were on that team. Those dudes were not going to let that happen again."
In Division II Class A, Chattanooga Christian fell hard to King's Academy. The final score was 17-2, but the two will meet again Friday morning for the state championship.