Spanish Fort turned to Will Luft in Game 2 of the Class 5A championship series Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium, and he turned out the lights on Cullman.
Luft threw five two-hit innings and the Toros set the tone with four runs in the first inning on the way to an 11-1 rout of the Bearcats.
Spanish Fort won the best-of-three series two games to none and brought home its fourth state championship in five years. The Toros didn’t lose a game in the playoffs and finished 39-6 overall.
“In the first inning, we wanted to come out and put up some runs, and we did that,” Spanish Fort coach Brent Boyd said. “After that, we kind of got a little overzealous and tried to hit the ball out of the park and swung at some curveballs in the dirt. But when you put up four in the first inning it sets the tone and that was something I thought we needed to do.”
Luft (10-1) got out of a key bases-loaded situation in the third inning, striking out Cullman’s Owen Lovell and Keaton Dean to end the threat. He finished with four strikeouts, walked just two and allowed an unearned run.
At the plate, the Toros pounded out 11 hits. They followed their four-run first with a seven-run fifth to finish the game early. Dylan Alford had three hits for Spanish Fort, while Myles York, Brian Lane and Hunter Beard had two each.
Auston Neal – the first of four Cullman pitchers – took the loss. Jesse McCord, the winner of Game 1, was named Series MVP.