PORT ST. JOE, FL (WJHG/WECP) Call it a ride to remember for the Port St. Joe baseball team Tuesday afternoon.
The Tiger =Sharks earned the second state championship in program history Monday in Fort Myers.
Tuesday, they received a hero's welcome!
A parade down Reid Avenue in downtown St. Joe, winding up at Brick Wall Sports Bar and Grille, which fed the players and coaches and staff.
An unforgettable way to cap off an unforgettable season--and for the seniors, a dream come true to cap off their careers.
"It is kind of crazy," says senior pitcher Chris Stockton "you know you see the football team and all that kind of stuff happening. In my lifetime St. Joe hasn't won a baseball state championship. So it's kind of surreal in one moment, but it's also very special. Wanted to walk away a senior and have a state title, have a state ring. It was a really special thing to have."
"Coming back to see everybody here in St. Joe with us, supporting us, celebrating and it's just been a great feeling." said senior pitcher Elijah Hester. "Especially since I'm a senior that's my last game ever so, as long as St. Joe's gonna be there, my name's gonna be out there, as well as my teammates. Glad to make history."
As for winning a state championship in his first year coaching the St. Joe program, well it sets a high bar for Ashley Summerlin, but he says that's fine, it's always about competing to be the best all the time anyway.
"Of course it's what you get into it for. anybody who's coaching this just likes the competition. I thrive on competition, the whole program is competition. Being able to compete and do those things and I think we do a good job of that. But anybody who gets into this profession, that's part of it. That's probably the first thing that gets you in the door and then you figure out there's other things that are important as well."