Fresh off its first ever state championship, Lambert baseball has been named the No. 1 ranked high school team in the nation by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Longhorns, who finished the year with a 36-2 record, edged out Barbe (Louisiana) and Puyallup (Washington) for the top spot.
“I’m very excited for our program,” said Lambert head coach Jamie Corr. “I’m so proud of the players and coaching staff. We certainly couldn’t have done it without the support of the administration, the county office, the parents and the community.”
Lambert’s schedule, which was deemed more grueling than those of Barbe and Puyallup, ultimately gave it the edge. In addition to beating stiff Georgia competition, the Longhorns took down clubs from Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas—including Fayetteville High School, which finished the season 30-4 and ninth in Max Prep’s Xcellent 50 National Baseball Rankings.
“We challenged the boys from the first game to the last,” Corr said. “And we knew playing tough competition in and out of state would pay off.”
The Longhorns won the Class AAAAAA state title on May 26, defeating Milton 2-1 in the third and deciding game of the championship series. Additionally, they won their first 29 contests and remained undefeated until the second round of the playoffs.
“Everything from here on out is just icing on the cake,” Corr added. “I’m just very proud of the work the boys did this season.”