Public schools strike a blow in baseball and softball

If we’re going to continue to debate how private high schools fit into the public school league in the state of Alabama — which we clearly are going to do — then we should consider all the relevant information.

That includes state championships won in all sports, including baseball and softball. Based on the results of the last week in Montgomery, there is no issue to solve.

Six of the seven state championships in baseball were won by public schools. The exception was the outstanding team from UMS-Wright in Class 4A.

The results were the same in softball. Only Sumiton Christian in Class 1A bucked the trend of public schools dominating the state tournament.

Of course, results are often going to be different in sports such as golf, tennis or swimming and diving, but the idea of public schools not having a chance to compete for championships because of the advantages afforded to private schools was proven untrue in two of the highest-profile high school sports.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.

Stephen Root