Just weeks after their head coach was nominated to the Hall of Fame by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association, the Auburn High baseball team has been on a roll to start the season.
The Tigers sit at 13-1 after solid wins over rival Opelika and sweeping the East Alabama Classic. The win marks Auburn’s sixth victory in a row over the Bulldogs and eighth win in a row overall.
“We have had really good pitching and really good defense,” said head coach Matt Cimo. “We appreciate all the support we've been getting”
The Tigers faced Benjamin Russell on Tuesday and will hit the diamond on Friday for a match-up against Harris County.
The Tigers got off to a hot start this season with five wins in a row over Prattville twice, West Point, Enterprise, and Daphne. Auburn fell in a close 1-0 game to Faith Academy before going on to rack up eight more wins— two against Mary Montgomery, two against Opelika and wins over Tuscaloosa County, Baker, Sparkman, and Gulf Shores in the East Alabama Classic.
“Anytime you can get two wins over your rival and sweep is just a testament to the work these players put in,” said Cimo. "I also couldn’t do this without the amazing staff I have around me. ”
The Tigers have been able to keep other teams off the scoreboard all season, with three of their games ending in shutouts — a trend Cimo hopes will continue throughout the rest of the season.
“It’s really a huge credit to our defense and pitching staff. Those guys have done very well and of course there's plenty to work on but I’m proud of the work they have done,” he said.
As the Tigers head back from the break, Cimo still has plenty he wants his team to improve on moving forward.
“We need to work on understanding everybody's roles but so far I’m very happy with our players," he said.
The Tigers will be back at the plate Friday as they take on Harris County at 4:30 p.m.