Mosley baseball wins 5A State Championship
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Mosley Dolphins claim the 5A State Championship in 2021, and to say the least, for all these coaches and players, it’s a dream come true.
“I tell you what, it means a whole lot to me because it means a whole lot to these kids, their families, Lynn Haven, and Panama City in general,” said head coach, Jon Hudson. “When you get a bunch of guys who have worked as hard and long as these guys have worked, since they were little kids, they worked at it with baseball, so I’m just proud to be here at this moment and be with these guys that proved they are state champions.”
The same goes for senior standout, Jaden Rudd.
“I feel like I’m the guy that our team kind of looked up to, one of a few, that our team followed,” said Rudd. “I knew I was the guy that from the beginning of the season, to now, and then my first at bats today, that everybody wanted up in that situation, and I just gave it my all. Gave it all my focus, all my effort, and put my best at bat together, and did my best to put our team in the best spot to score. The ball fell, found a hole.”
The Dolphins finally got over the hurdle of Archbishop McCarthy, after losing to the Mavericks four different times in the state tournament.
“Again, like I said yesterday, ever since we were in fifth grade, we’ve been hearing Archbishop’s name,” said senior, Coleman Rowan. “We’ve been hearing how they did different things to win different state championships, and the fact that they got to keep their state championships. I’ve got a lot of friends in my phone from past Mosley players, that texted me to let me know that if we get Arch Bishop, we better do exactly what we did, and it’s really special.”
For Rudd, he felt like everything fell into place.
“There’s only so much you can do in this game, and I found a way to do most of it this weekend,” said Rudd. “To win one of these tournaments, a lot of things have to go your way, and a lot of things went our way this week. That’s kind of how we did it. I am proud that I was a contributor and that I put my team in a good position.”
This 27-5 state championship season was led by a tremendous group of seniors, including Jaden Rudd, Coleman Rowan, David Hudson, Ethan Campbell, and Nathan Kelly.
“The senior group that we have right here is just a special group,” said Coach Hudson. “They never except good, whether it’s in the weight room or on the field. If they’re not getting it done with a swing, and they don’t like it, they won’t just stop and say let’s get it tomorrow. They’re not satisfied with being normal or average they want to be great.”
Then there’s the sophomore lefty, Hudson Rowan. A very rough start with five walks in the first two innings. His older brother, and his catcher, Coleman, helped him shake off some nerves in the first.
“I said a lot of nice words,” said Coleman. “Usually I wouldn’t be nice, but I realize the stage is really big, and he’s a young guy. The fact that he was able to come out here and do what he did is very impressive. What I said to him was just confirming that he’s really good, and these guys can’t hit him and just continue to do his job and we will win.”
“Yeah I know I struggled in the first a little bit,” said Hudson. “But that was a little more important than the usual, when Coleman comes out to talk to me. It seemed like everything was just slowed down, so after he talked to me I was pretty good.”
The plan is to spend the night, on the road, probably in Gainesville, and then head back to school, sometime around the midday, arriving for a now planned for pep rally with the 5A State Champion Mosley Dolphins at noon.
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