ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Recording the final out to win the SIAC championship was a moment Albany State pitcher Larry Johnson Jr. won't soon forget. He just wishes Larry Johnson Sr. could have been there to witness it.
"I know it would have meant a lot to my dad for him to be there and see this or not even see it but just to here about it because he knew how much I wanted a conference championship and it was bothering me that I hadn't gotten one" said Johnson.
Larry would get his championship 11 weeks after his father passed away from heart failure.
"We thought he had a little more time you know it was just so sudden we didn't think it was going to happen this fast."
Four weeks after losing his dad Larry was back on the mound dominating the competition.
"It was hard but I know this is what my dad would want me to do and I've been playing baseball my whole life and this is kind of my safe haven."
Larry compiled a 7-1 record on the season and led ASU to the playoffs for the first time in four years. Larry's dad was there every step of the way.
"There's really not one day that passes that I don't think about him and I bring that to the field with me because you know when I was growing up he always told me to go hard on every play, play hard and I think he would be very proud of me you know."
Johnson takes the mound for Albany State in the opening game of the playoffs on Thursday against Southern Arkansas.