Orange Beach Council Honors 2A State Championship Softball Team
(OBA®) – Orange Beach, AL – At the Tuesday June 8 city council meeting, Mayor Tony Kennon and council members Jeff Silvers, Jerry Johnson, Annette Mitchell, Joni Blalock and Pro-tem Mayor Jeff Boyd recognized our own lady Makos and the historic 2A title of the freshman varsity softball team.
Orange Beach High School softball coach Shane Alexander thanked the board for honoring the players and coaches.
“We appreciate everything you do for us and especially for these young women,” said coach Alexander. “You have a special group here. A very special group.
He said he had been a coach for 24 years and “had never had a squad like this and I had good teams”.
“We knew they were young, but we challenged them,” he said. “We took them from Huntsville, Alabama to Birmingham, and like we told them, we threw them in the deep end. And they can swim.
“And we challenged them. We have not established a calendar of 2A schools, small schools. No, we played the 6A and 7A schedule.
After beating 7A Hoover, he said the players started to realize there was something special here.
From players to parents, he said it was like family.
“It was perfect,” he says. “A perfect ending and they made history. They made Alabama high school history. A freshman program to win a state championship. We knew they were good and our goal, I’m going to be honest, was if we could do that that would be awesome, but then we had to declare and we kept saying, “Well why not us?” Why not? And they bought. They were serious. That first day they had to play three games. They were tired, they were in pain. And then a magical end to a magical season to win a state championship. And I can promise you. You don’t. “Not finished hearing about these ladies. I promise you they are a special group.
Coach Alexander said the team couldn’t do it without city support.
“The previous school I was in, we won a state championship or two,” he said. “I have never seen anything going down the Beach Express with the police escort and I have never been involved in anything like it. And I want to say thank you. These ladies deserve it.
“It’s a special group. They’re not just special softball players, they’re special kids. They are quality children.
Watch the recognition of the team on the Town’s Facebook page and the meeting was broadcast live. Recognition begins at the 10 minute mark.