Posted: 9:16 am Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Help wanted: FHSAA baseball finals 

By Jason Lieser

The championships of the baseball state tournament are back in our area for the first time since 1960, and the host committee needs your help.

This year’s semifinals and finals at Tradition Field open May 20 and wrap up the 26th.

The main area for volunteers right now is scorekeeping. Anyone who fills that role gets a free t-shirt and meals.

Centennial is the host school this year. To volunteer, e-mail athletic director John Messina: .

The last time a state championship game was played in our area was in 1982, when Florida High beat Avon Park for the Class 2A championship at Lawnwood Stadium. John Carroll beat Pensacola Christian at Lawnwood for the 1973 Class A title.

This area has not been a true host site for all classes since the championships were in Fort Pierce from 1953 to ’60.

Three local teams played in state championship games last year (Park Vista, South Fork and John Carroll), but lost. All three of those teams are still alive heading into Friday’s regional finals.

Also, while we’re talking history, here are the area’s baseball champions, the latest of which was Summit Christian in 2004:

2004, Summit Christian (A)

2001, King’s Academy (2A)

1999, Wellington (6A)

1992, King’s Academy (A)

1978, John Carroll (2A)

1976, John Carroll (2A)

1973, John Carroll (A)

1965, Boca Raton (B)

1956, Fort Pierce (A)

1953, Palm Beach (2A)

1950, Fort Pierce (B)

1939, Palm Beach

1938, Palm Beach