Garrett Taylor, a senior, and Davis Gaffney, a freshman, accepted the trophies for 3A-5 district and tournament championships Monday night.
The ceremony had a special meaning as it gave the two a rare moment to celebrate in the last week. Both players lost their homes to the April 27 tornado.
Mayflower (23-2) won its second straight district tourney title with a 2-1 victory over Episcopal Collegiate, whose student body collected money and made a donation last week to Mayflower’s cleanup and relief efforts.
In the game at Benton Harmony Grove, the Eagles had to come from behind and overcome a slew of mistakes to give coach Joe Allbritton his 200th career victory.
“We didn’t play our best ball tonight and Episcopal is not a team you can make mistakes against,” Albritton said. “We had five errors and you usually don’t win when you play like that. I have to give our kids credit, though, they made the plays when they counted and fought hard to come away with this win.”
Trailing 1-0, the Eagles scored in the third on a walk by Jordan Burns, a single by Drew Duncan, and an RBI from Tyler Herrin. Mayflower took a 2-1 lead in the 5th after a triple from Michael Post and a sacrifice fly by Burns. The Wildcats stranded two runners in the sixth and threatened with a one-out double by Houston Downs. Doug Munsun flew out to center, then Michael Post, a catcher, picked off Downs at second base as the Eagles executed the rundown to perfection to end the game.
Burns (8-0 ) recorded the complete-game win for the Eagles as he struck out eight and allowed only one walk and six hits. The Eagles were led at the plate by Trey Bradley with two hits. Post, Burns, Duncan and Tyler Godwin also provided offense for the Eagles.