By Doug Gorman
For the second year in a row, the Morrow-Lake City Lookouts have brought an American Amateur Baseball Congress State championship back to the Southern Crescent.
A year ago, the Lookouts' first title came during play in the 15-16-year old Mickey Mantle tournament.
This year, after moving up in classification, the Lookouts won the 17-18-year old Connie Mack crown.
The Lookouts won the event earlier this week in action played at Lassiter High School in Cobb County. Morrow-Lake City now advances to the Southeast Regional Tournament in Memphis starting Wednesday against Miami.
Today, the Lookouts play a warm-up game back at Lassiter High School at 1 p.m.
"Nineteen kids worked their butts off," said coach Jerry Hinrichsen.
To win the title, the Lookouts had to come out of the losers' bracket.
Morrow-Lake City beat Lithia Springs 9-1 and the East Cobb Red Sox 3-0. A 2-1 win against the Red Hawks kept the Lookouts unbeaten in the winners' bracket.
In the opener against Lithia Springs, Jessie Jarvis and Caleb Lester combined for a no-hitter.
The Lookouts then lost 11-3 to Chapel Hill.
Facing two must-win games, the Lookouts beat the Red Hawks 6-5 in a rematch.
They then beat Chapel Hill for the second time to clinch the title.
For the tournament, B.J. McKinney and Chris Coggins each hit two home runs.
"We had great pitching and defense," said Hinrichsen.
Several members of the Lookouts play high school baseball in Clayton County.
Coggins (Mt. Zion), Joshua Froneberger (Forest Park), Michael Ogburn (Forest Park), Jerry Hinrichsen (Forest Park), McKinney (Forest Park), Lester (Mt. Zion), Adam Harrell (Jonesboro), Brett Mitchell (Jonesboro), Anthony Norton (Forest Park), Kristopher Eason (Forest Park) and Kevin Smith (Lovejoy).
Hinrichsen wants to give Jody McKinney and Jack Miles credit for helping build the team into a championship squad.