5 years later, Vikes mark state run
Before a recent game against Decatur County Riverside, the Community Vikings celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the 2014 state tournament baseball team. Former players and coaches were on hand as a banner was presented to mark the occasion.
Coach Robbie Davis of the Vikings still has fond memories of the team.
“It was a really fun season. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs,” Davis said. “It was the product of a bunch of kids playing together as a team and coming together at the right time. We had good senior upper class leadership and some underclassmen who were really talented and it all worked together,” Davis said.
A player who played a big role on the team was Quinn Frost. Frost, who serves as a coach for Riverside, made the All-District team in all four of his high school seasons and was the District 9-A tournament MVP and an All-Region and All-State selection during the 2014 season.
“The relationships and the brotherhood is what I remember the most,” Frost said.
“We had a bunch of gritty guys. We had four or five really good competitive seniors that led the bunch and set the tempo and pace for the guys to follow,” Frost added.
After finishing the regular season with a 16-14 record, the Vikings put together four wins and defeated Forrest to capture the District 9-A tournament championship. Community added two victories, including another victory over Forrest to claim the Region 5-A crown and then defeated Columbia Academy in a sub state matchup to punch a ticket to the TSSAA Class A state tournament.
The Vikings found a way to win in the postseason despite some uncommon line scores.
“I want to think in the region final and our sub state game, we had three hits combined in both games,” Davis said. “We took advantage of the other team’s mistakes. It was a good bunting and small ball team. And defensively, you couldn’t have asked for a better baseball team.”
“The Sunday afternoon here when we won the sub state and to have all the people lined up along the fence was a great memory,” Davis added.
“Our pitchers, Quinn Frost, Taylor Paschal, and Dillion West pitched some huge games for us. And our other pitchers, Austin Cagle, Tyler Broiles, and Darian Pride were very talented,” Davis said.
“It was a really good squad for sure.”