Edwards hit a two-run home run, was intentionally walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and his Central Alabama Trojans advanced to the junior college national championship game to take place after print time Saturday night in Grand Junction, Colo.
Edwards’ team beat Cochise College in 11 innings by a score of 14-13 to earn the right to play Saturday night.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m honored to be here,” Edwards said. “I have two other roommates on the team and we, literally, couldn’t sleep at all (Friday) night.”
Central Alabama rallied from a four-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.
“It was awesome,” Edwards said about his team’s comeback. “It was a long inning.”
Apparently, Edwards made an impression on Cochise’s coaching staff as they intentionally walked Edwards with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut the deficit to one run.
Edwards went 1-for-4 in the game with two walks, but his one hit was a home run over the left centerfield wall to break a 4-4 tie. The homer came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat in the fifth inning.
Cental Alabama would eventually win the game in the bottom of the 11th on a walk-off single.
Edwards and his team took on Palm Beach State on Saturday after print time.