Big Win: Pensacola State, Coastal Alabama Face Off In Century Classic

October 21, 2018

Pensacola State College andĀ  Coastal Alabama Community College in the “Century Classic” faced off in both softball and baseball Saturday Showalter Park. And organizers are calling it a big win.

In softball, Pensacola State blanked Coastal Alabama 6-0, and in baseball the Warhawks of Coastal Alabama beat the PSC Pirates 7-5.

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Century council member Ben Boutwell, who is an assistant baseball coast at Coastal Alabama, said the day was a great opportunity for residents from across the North Escambia area to see the teams close to home.

“It’s a win-win for us,” Boutwell said. “It was a beautiful day, and the fields turned out gorgeous. We just thank everybody for their hard work.” Volunteers from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos recently spent time bringing the fields up to spec.

Boutwell said plans are already in the works to bring the Century Classic back next year.

“We are trying to make it an annual event,” he said. “This is a benchmark, and it can only get better.”

Boutwell, a Century High School graduate, played on first Jefferson Davis Community College baseball team in 1982. Jeff Davis later became Coastal Alabama.

“I just love baseball,” he said.

Former PSC and Major League Baseball players Bill Sadler and Greg Litton, along with Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry and Kazoo, the Wahoo’s mascot, were special guests.

Sadler pitched for the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros during his MLB career. A 2000 Catholic High School graduate, he played at Pensacola Junior College in 2001 and 2002, before transferring to Louisiana State University in 2003.

Litton, a utility player, was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco Giants in 1984. He later played for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. In 1983 and 1984, Litton was on the PSC Pirates squad before signing to play at Mississippi State University. However, he was drafted before joining the Mississippi State team.

Proceeds will from the event benefit the Buck Showalter Scholarship fund for GED students from the Century area. The Century Classic was sponsored by the Town of Century, Century Little League, Pensacola State College, Coastal Alabama Warhawks and Pensacola Sports Association.

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Pictured above and below: Action as Pensacola State and Coastal Alabama faced off in softball and baseball Saturday in Century. Pictured page bottom: Century residents Gary KillamĀ  (left) and Ben Boutwell were on the first Jefferson Davis Community College baseball team in 1982. photos, click to enlarge.


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