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Pisgah and G.W. Long Move into 3A and 2A Finals with Early Wins Thursday

AHSAA State Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – Results from softball action in Thursday’s morning and early afternoon sessions are below. The late games, including champonships in 2A and 3A, will be added in a later update.
CLASS 3A

Game 12: Prattville Christian 2, Geneva 0
    Landyn McAnnally recorded the complete-game shutout in the elimination game. PCA scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carolyn Carter doubled and later scored on an RBI-single by Mckenzie Montgomery. She also came home on a single by Paisley Wilson.

 Game 11: Pisgah 2, Wicksburg 0
    Leigha Kirby pitched a complete-game shutout for Pisgah to send the Eagles into the Class 3A finals. She scattered five hits and struck out five batters, while the Eagles plated single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. Annie Hughes’ solo home run in the first inning would prove to be all the offense Pisgah would need. Kennedy Barron led off the fourth with a solo shot of her own to wrap up the scoring.
   Pitcher Emily Boin struck out nine batters for Wicksburg.


Game 9: Prattville Christian 12, Pleasant Valley 0 (5 innings)
     A 10-run third inning paved the way for Prattville Christian’s mercy-rule win. Eight players in the PCA lineup recorded at least one hit, including Callie McAnnally, Carolyn Carter and Paisley Wilson, who each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Landyn McAnnally pitched a five-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts.

Class 2A
Game 12: Hatton 11, Sand Rock 3
   
Hatton scored 11 runs off 15 hits to stay alive in the elimination brack. After a scoreless first inning, the Hornets score in the top of four of the next six frames.  Bradyn Mitchell was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Emma Latham homered and went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. In the circle, Ashley Berryman went the distance, scattering six hits over seven innings with two strikeouts. EllaGrace Hood led Sand Rock with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

Game 11: G.W. Long 13, Collinsville 3 (6 innings)
   
G.W. Long exploded for 13 runs off 12 hits to advance to the state finals to face Hatton.
    Makenna Long drove in seven runs on a 2-for-4 showing, getting a three-run shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the sixth. Savannah
Wood also homered, driving in three runs with a blast in the bottom of the second inning. Emmaline Hughes and Hayden Hughes also added two hits each for the Rebels. Wood recorded the pitching victory getting six strikeouts on the day.

CLASS 7A
Game 1: Spain Park 4, Baker 2
    Spain Park scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie before holding off a late Baker rally. Consecutive walks by Annabelle Widra and Taylor Harrington led off the frame before Maddie Majors homered to center field.
     Widra, who also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters, added an RBI-single in the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, Krissy Hutchinson and Bailey Murphy each singled and scored for Baker.

Game 2: Auburn 5, Bob Jones 2
   Auburn broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers opened the frame with four straight singles to score two runs. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Goodwin added the last run. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Mackenzie Jordan, JayeEllen Davis and Daleya Scaife also added two hits each.
     Alexa Douthitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Bob Jones.


Game 3: Sparkman 10, Central-Phenix City 4
    Sparkman scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and four in the seventh to get the win. The Senators sent 10 batters to the plate in the opening frame, getting five hits and taking advantage of four Central errors. T.J. Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Calvert also got the win in the circle after pitching all seven innings.

Game 4: Fairhope 2, Hewitt-Trussville 0
    Fairhope score both runs in the bottom of the second inning. Emma Kropp singled and later scored on an RBI-double by Alea Johnson. Johnson also scored on Claire Wagner’s RBI-single. Johnson also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters. Hewitt out-hit Fairhope 10-3 but stranded 11 runners, included three times with the bases loaded.

CLASS 5A

Game 1: Rehobeth 7, Mortimer Jordan 0
  
Stephanie Schoonover struck out 17 and pitched a no-hitter for Rehobeth. The Rebels plated a single run in the top of the first inning before scoring three times each in the fourth and seventh frames. Sydney Pybus was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Rehobeth at the plate. Makayla Peters also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Game 2: John Carroll 11, Sardis 1 (6 innings)
   John Carroll scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The Cavaliers led 8-1 heading into the sixth before scoring three runs to evoke the mercy rule.
    A two-run home run by Kayla Coley-Drayton ended the game. She finished 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Claire Boone also drove in four runs, including a three-run home run in the first inning for the Cavaliers (28-8-1). Macey Ogle went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate and also got the pitching victory. An RBI-single by Harlee Vincent scored the lone run for Sardis.

Game 3: Ardmore 12, Shelby County 4
   
Nursing a 5-4 lead, Ardmore scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take control. The Tigers took advantage of three hits, three walks and two Shelby County errors in the frame to grab a 12-4 lead. Eight different players had one hit each for Ardmore. Sydney Hall scattered six hits and struck out 12 to get the pitching win.

Game 4: Hayden 8, Satsuma 6
    
Hayden scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to rally for the win. After Olivia Armstrong’s RBI-triple with two outs tied the game, Isabelle Johnson homered to center field to provide the go-ahead runs. It was the second home run of the game for Johnson, who also had a solo blast in the second inning. Miah Simmons recorded the pitching win for the Wildcats. Satsuma was led by Sydney Sizemore’s 3-for-3 showing at the plate.

 


G.W. Long’s Olivia Baker Sets National Record with 36th Home Run of the Season as 2019 State Softball Championships Get Underway

MONTGOMERY -- Senior Olivia Baker hit her 36th home run this morning in G.W. Long’s first game of the 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park Wednesday to set the NFHS National record for homers in a single season. The Rebels (53-3) of Coach Nikki Long, beat Sumiton Christian 4-2 to advance to the second round of the winner’s bracket. Baker’s two-run blast and Hanna Segars’ highlighted a three-run first inning in the win.  Kate Chauncey had a solo blast for Long’s final run. Jessie Baughn had a homer or Sumiton Christian in the first inning. Savanna Wood (17-2) struck out 12 to get the pitching win.
    The previous national record (35) was set by another Alabamian, Pisgah’s Shelby Holley in 2011. Baker’s blast was the 86th of her storied career with the Lady Rebels – also the NFHS National record. Holley held the state record coming into this season with 72 from 2008-11.
    As a team, G.W. Long now owns the NFHS National Record for homers in a season with 86 in 2019. That total broke the previous NFHS National Record set by Canyon, Texas (82) in 2017. The state record (71) was set by Pisgah in 2011.
    The 34th annual AHSAA State Softball Championships, which began in 1986 at Lagoon Park, got underway Wednesday morning with first-round games at 9 a.m. Classes 2A, 3A and 6A kicked off the 2019 Championships, which include eight teams in seven classification tournaments. Classes 5A and 7A commence Thursday while Classes 1A and 4A play first-round games Friday. All tourneys are double elimination.
    The championship games of each division will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com. Geneva and Central Phenix City high schools will also be live-streaming games involving their schools in Class 3A and 7A, respectively, over the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program platform. Producers for those games are Ricky Nickolson (Geneva) and Tim Loreman (Central).
    G.W. Long (54-3) won its second game of the tourney beating Hatton 2-0 in the winner’s bracket to advance  to the championship bracket third round Thursday. Baker (19-1) put on her pitching hat in that win hurling a perfect game  through six inning before finishing with a one-hitter. Savanna Wood had a double in the second inning as the Rebels scored two unearned runs.
   Highlights from other games Wednesday:


CLASS 2A
Game 1: Sand Rock 10, Luverne 4
   Brylie and Katelyn St. Clair each went 3-for-4 for Sand Rock(31-1). Pitcher Jadyn Foster stuck out 12 to get the win. Keyla Johnson was 3-for-4 for Luverne. Trinity Forte’ was also 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Game 3: Hatton 10, Thorsby 0 (6 innings)
   Emma Latham led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to evoke the mercy rule. She was 2-for-4 in the game. Hatton (41-15) scored 2 in the first, 5 in the second, 1 in the third, 1 in the fourth and one in the sixth.
   Cloey Lovelady hit a grand slam to spark the five-run second inning. Bradyn Mitchell picked up the shutout win with six strikeouts. Lindsey Burnett was 2-for-3 to lead Thorsby.


Game 5: Leroy 10, Luverne 0 (5 innings)
     Leroy (37-91) scored all 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to get the mercy-rule win. Allie Smith was 3-for-3 with two doubles while Abigail Beech slugged a two-run homer and Marisa West hit a three-run blast for the Bears. Rea Johnson also recorded the shutout win in the circle, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.

Game 6: Sumiton Christian 9, Thorsby 0
    Sumiton Christian pitchers Makenzie Miller and Ali Hollis combined for the shutout. At the plate, the Eagles (39-22-1) scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take control in the consolation bracket elimination game. A four-run fourth inning and a single run in the fifth wrapped up the scoring.
    Jessie Baughn was 5-for-5 with a double and four singles. Taylor Whisonant was also 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a home run.


Game 7: Collinsville 8, Sand Rock 4
     Brittany Rivera-Free was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead Collinsville (34-15-1), which built a 7-2 lead and held off Sand Rock in the winner’s bracket. The Panthers won a first-round game over Leroy. Autumn Barkley and Caroline Brannon also each homered and went 2-for-4 for Collinsville.  Lily Willis pitched the win.
    Haley Grace Lisnebee was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Jadyn Foster had two hits and  two RBIs for Sand Rock (31-11-1).

Game 9: Sand Rock 7, Sumiton Christian 6
    Sand Rock (32-11-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead, then held off a Sumiton Christian rally for a 7-6 victory in the elimination bracket Wednesday night. Katelyn St. Clair was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs to lead Sand Rock. Brylie St. Clair was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Sumiton Christian held an 11-9 advantage in hits, but stranded seven runners. Jessie Baughn was 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead the Eagles (39-23-2).

Game 10: Hatton 2, Leroy 0
   Ashley Berryman pitched a complete-game shutout and Hatton (42-10) scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to advance to the third round of the winner’s bracket Thursday morning to face G.W. Long. Berryman struck out 10 for the game and out-dueled Leroy ace Rea Johnson, who took a shutout of her own into the last frame. Hatton strung together three hits in the seventh. Emma Czervionke doubled and later scored on an RBI-single by Bradyn Mitchell, who later scored on a double by Emma Latham for the Hornets.

CLASS 3A
Game 1: Wicksburg 11, Oakman 1 (5 innings)
   Theresa Reynolds and Rosie Robinson each homered twice for Wicksburg (45-13), which finished five home runs in the game. A six-run second inning broke the game open, including back-to-back homers by Reynolds and Robinson. Teammate Emily Boin added a three-run blast in the same inning. Reynolds added her second two-run shot in the third inning while Robinson homered in the fourth. Ashton White was also 3-for-3 with a double.
    Tori Hobbs got the pitching win nine strikeouts.

 Game 2: Prattville Christian 3, Plainview 1 (8 innings)
     Defending Class 3A state champion Prattville Christian (43-7-1) won the extra-inning game when Carolyn Carter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win.  The homer also scored Madison Hanson, who singled to lead off the frame.
    Plainview scored first on a solo home run by Krimson Kidd in the top of the second. An RBI-single by PCA’s McKenzie Montgomery tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
    Landyn McAnnally recorded the pitching win. She struck out 10 and allowed two hits.


Game 3: Pisgah 8, Hale County 0
    Pisgah (44-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. Leigha Kirby pitched the one-hit shutout, striking out nine. Kaylee Vaught was 4-for-4 and scored twice. Kennedy Barron added two hits for Pisgah.
   A single in the top of the second inning by Reagan Johnson was the lone hit for Hale County (29-19).


Game 4: Geneva 8, Pleasant Valley 5
    Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Geneva rallied for six runs to take the lead for good.
Anslee Finch, Chloe Nance and Jocelyn Boswell each had two hits for the Panthers (30-10).   Boswell also had a sacrifice fly and finished the game with two doubles and three runs batted in. Winning pitcher Pazley Lamb struck out five in win.


Game 5: Oakman 8, Plainview 7
   
Plainview (39-15) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning but left the tying run at the plate in the 3A elimination round game. Oakman (20-16) took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Iyana Canada was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Oakman. Samantha Kelly also drove in two runs and finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
    Kenzi Taylor and Crimson Wells each hit home runs for Plainview, which held a 12-9 advantage in hits.


Game 6: Pleasant Valley 7, Hale County 6
    A two-run single by Ava Boozer in the bottom of the seventh inning scored two runs to give Pleasant Valley (33-11) a 7-6 comeback win over Hale County (29-20) in the elimination bracket. Pleasant Valley took a 4-0 lead into the third inning when Hale County made its move. After a grand slam by Madalynn Langham tied the game, a two-run single by Charlie Mak Lester gave the Wildcats a 6-4 lead. Pleasant Valley answered with a solo home run by Bailey Harris in the bottom of the fifth to set up Boozer’s walk-off hit.

Game 8: Pisgah 12, Geneva 2
     Pisgah (45-10) scored in every inning, collecting 12 runs off 15 hits to advance to the third round of the Class 3A winner’s bracket. The Eagles plated single runs in the first three innings before scoring three in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the sixth. Kaylee Vaught and Kennedy Barron each went 3-for-4, while Lila Wheeler, Molly Heard and Jaden Burgess added two hits each. Winning pitcher Barron added a triple.

Game 10: Geneva 8, Oakman 4
    Jocelyn Boswell went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as Geneva (31-21) stayed alive in the elimination bracket Wednesday night. Anslee Finch and Chloe Nance also had two hits each as the Panthers scored in five of the seven innings.
    Oakman (20-16) held a 4-3 lead before Geneva scored five runs over the final three innings to rally for the win. Pazley Lamb struck out five over seven innings to get the pitching win. Terrah Sheree was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Oakman.


CLASS 6A
Game 1: Gardendale 12, Baldwin County 6
    Coach Barry Brake’s Rockets (46-6-2) raced out to an 9-0 lead in the first three innings. Savannah Pennington was 4-for-4 and Carlee McCondichie was 2-for-5 with a home run Kaitlyn Clark (31-3) got the pitching win. Ava Worthy led Baldwin County (34-18), going 2-for-4 with a double.

 Game 2: Brookwood 2, Hartselle 0
    Brookwood’s Kamryn Murdock pitched the complete-game shutout to get the win over the defending Class 6A state champion Tigers. The Panthers (36-11) scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI-single by Bella Furgason and in the fourth on an RBI-single by Felicity Frame.
    Mackenzie Jackson and Lillyanna Cartee each singled for the only hits for Hartselle (30-13).


Game 3: Buckhorn 7, Helena 3
   
Buckhorn (36-10) took a 7-0 lead into the top of the seventh. Helena (25-17) rallied for three runs but could get no closer. Seven different Buckhorn players had one hit each in the balanced attack. Hannah Carey had a solo home run while Lakelyn Wilson and Nyah Brack each drove in two runs.
    Kaylee Hawkins struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings to get the pitching victory.


Game 4: Spanish Fort 4, Pell City 0
    Spanish Fort ace Ainsley Lambert struck out 17 in the two-hit shutout win. The Toros (27-17-1) scored single runs in the bottom of the first and second innings before adding two in the fifth. Cameron Cox was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Lambert was also 2-for-4 at the plate with and RBI.

Game 5: Hartselle 15, Baldwin County 4 (5 innings)
    Hartselle (31-13) kept its hopes of repeating as Class 6A state champs alive with 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to set up the mercy-rule victory in the elimination bracket win.
   Eight different players in the Tigers lineup combined for 14 hits. Mackenzie Jackson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kylie Winton, Emily Cowart, Caroline Hill and Larissa Preuitt added two hits each. Jenna Lynn Smith struck out six batters and scattered five hits over five innings to get the pitching win.

Game 8: Buckhorn 3, Spanish Fort 0
   
Buckhorn’s Alivia Wilken outdueled Spanish Fort’s Ainsley Lambert as the Lady Bucks (37-10) advanced in the winner’s bracket. Both pitchers allowed five hits.
     Buckhorn, however, manufactured two runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the sixth. Morgan Nowakowski was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored to lead Buckhorn. Laura Harbin also drove in a run for the Bucks. Hanna Carlton was 2-for-3 to pace Spanish Fort (27-18-1).

Game 10: Spanish Fort 4, Hartselle 1 (8 innings)
     After Hartselle (31-14) plated a single run in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, Hannah Weishaar connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth frame to give Spanish Fort (28-18-1) the dramatic walk-off win in the elimination bracket. Cameron Cox drove in the other run for the Toros with an RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ainsley Lambert scattered four hits over eight innings to get the win in the circle.

 


Northview’s K.J. Braswell Accounts for 10 RBIs in Cougars’ 22-12 Win over Eufaula

AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Northview High School’s K.J. Braswell delivered in a big way in the Cougars’ 22-12 softball victory over Eufaula.  She was 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in 10 runs – one shy of the AHSAA single-game state record – and vaulted the junior into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week.
    She had a sacrifice fly for a RBI in the first inning, singled home two runs in the second inning, doubled to plate two more in the third, singled home two in the fourth and doubled with the bases full for three in the fifth. The 10 runs batted in tied Enterprise’s Sara Hilton (2008), who had 10 RBIs in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson, for second in the AHSAA Record Book. Central-Florence’s Candace Arreloa had 11 RBIs in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the North Regional Tourney in 2011.  Three players are listed with nine RBIs in a game and 12 have had 8, according to the record book which can be found online at www.ahsaa.com.

   The NFHS National Record Book lists the national record as 16, set by Theresa Shaw of East Machias Washington Academy (MA) in 1983.
    Coach Jessica Noble’s Cougars (32-8) had 21 hits overall in the Eufaula win and scored in every inning. Sophomore third baseman Rayleigh Thagard also had a big day, going 3-for-5 with six runs batted in. She slugged a three-run homer. Avery Groover was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, including a solo homer and a two-run double, and Jaala Torrence had three hits and an RBI. Carly Puckett led Eufaula’s 13-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with two doubles.
    Braswell’s performance edged out a milestone effort by Pleasant Valley’s softball team and a second-chance opportunity by Wickburg senior Ashton White.
    
Pleasant Valley, coached by David Bryant, beat Walter Wellborn 2-1 to capture the Class 3A, Area 11 title and the right to host the area tourney for fourth straight year.  Pleasant Valley has a 15-game winning streak versus area teams in regular season and area tournament play since 2017.
     The Lady Raiders scored their only runs in the first inning on Bailey Harris’ two-out, two-run double to right-centerfield on a 3-2 pitch. It brought home Savannah Williams and Cortney Williams. Both reached base on walks after two outs had been recorded.
    White
was called back to the plate in the final inning of the Panthers’ game versus Geneva after what she thought had been a hit-by-pitch was ruled a foul ball by the umpire.  The freshman made the most of the second opportunity and drilled a double to right center field two pitches later to drive in teammate Rosie Robinson with the game’s only run as Wicksburg beat Geneva 1-0 in a pool-play game of the Dothan Diamond Classic. Another freshman, teammate Kara Cox, also provided some defensive heroics – making two outstanding catches in center field to preserve the shutout. She made one catch against the fence and made a diving grab on another difficult play to keep a run from scoring.
    In other softball highlights reported:

PITCHING
EMMA FLOURNOY, SLOCOMB: Combined with Rayleigh Cotton to pitch a five-inning no hitter, and Dothan’s Nicole Turner also hurled a no-hitter as well as the Red Tops escaped with a 2-1 win. Harleigh Sims scored Slocomb runs. She walked in the second inning, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error. She walked again in the fourth inning, moved to third on a sacrifice and ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Tossed a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 11 as the Jets blanked Florence 10-0. Sarah Simon slugged a grand slam to provide all the runs Emily would need.
GRACEANNE SPEARS, OPP: Got the 6-0 shutout win over Charles Henderson allowing only two hits and striking a season high 14 Trojans.
MEGAN WARHURST, RUSSELLVILLE: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out seven to notch a 3-1 win over Lawrence County.
ALEA JOHNSON, FAIRHOPE: Pitched the Pirates to a 13-0 win allowing one hit in five innings and striking out 12.
EMMAH ROLFE, BOB JONES: Struck out 14 in a 4-3 win over Austin.

HITTING
KARSON PIERCE, DAPHNE:
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning and at the plate with two outs and two strikes, Pierce delivered a dramatic two-run homer to lift the Trojans past Spanish Fort 3-2. Pierce had struck out in her three previous at bats in the game. She also pitched a complete game to get the win.
GRACE ROBERTSON, THOMPSON: Pounded a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Warriors (29-3) to a 9-8 win over Oak Mountain to clinch the Class 7A, Area 5 title. Teammates Kindal DeRamus and Madison Plunkett also had back-to-back homers in the first inning. Plunkett, who finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs, delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth inning as Thompson tied the game at 8-8 to set the stage for Robertson’s clutch blast two innings later to finish with three hits and two RBIs.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Pounded a game-winning single to plate the winning run in a 4-3 win over Austin.
ASPEN GERALD, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had three hits, and two RBIs, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning to plate the winning run, as the Tigers nipped Daphne 5-4.
ABBIE WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 7-for-7 in two wins for the Rockets (30-5), collecting three triples and a double and scoring three runs. Gardendale out-scored Carver 15-0 and Moody 12-2 in the process.
SHELBY HAAS, MADISON COUNTY: Slugged a grand slam home run and finished with three hits and six RBIs in a 14-2 win over New Hope.
MADISON KOGER, FAIRHOPE: Had three hits, scored three runs and had four RBIs as the Pirates beat Murphy 19-1.
CAROLINE CLARK, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Homered in four straight games and finished with five during the stretch last weekend for the Wildcats.
CAROLYN CARTER, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had five hits, including s three-run homer, and finished with four RBIs in a 20-2 win over Southside-Selma.
ALYSSA BARNES, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had six hits in three wins with two homers and six RBIs. She also scored three runs.
MACIE HERREN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Collected three hits in the finals of the Gadsden Umpires Invitational Tournament Silver Bracket to lift the Panthers to a 10-1 win over Skyline. She had a double among her hits and drove in three runs.
KATE WARRICK, GOSHEN: Had a home run, single and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Zion Chapel.
BRI POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had four hits and four RBIs in a 6-2 win over Lauderdale County.
JORDAN MOORE, HOOVER: Gad three doubles and two home runs in six games for the Lady Bucs for the week.
SAVANA FURLOUGH, NEW HOPE: Had a home run, two doubles and three RBIs to lead New Hope past Athens Bible 8-0.
EMMA NORDEMAN, RANDOLPH: Went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and winning pitcher Joanna Vega also collected four hits at the plate as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 14-3.
MADDISON BLEVINS, COLUMBIA: Had three hits, including a homer and two doubles, to drive in four runs in a 9-8 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
LEXIE BULLOCK, HELENA: Hit two home runs among her three hits, had three RBIs and three runs scored as the Huskies beat Calera 5-3.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Drilled two home runs and had four RBIs in a 14-0 win over Brindlee Mountain.
KAYLA BESTER, PIKE ROAD: Managed six RBIs and scored three times in a 17-1 win over Bullock County.
HARLEIGH COLLUM, HIGHLAND HOME: Slugged two triples and collected four RBIs in the Flying Squadron’s 22-2 win over Central-Hayneville. Teammate Rachel Whiddon also had four RBIs.


Brantley High School Names Softball Field in Honor of Former Player Alex Wilcox

AHSAA Softball Spotlight

      MONTGOMERY -- Sheonte Barginere of Brantley High School slammed a home run, the first official round-tripper in the newly-named Alex Wilcox Field, and the Bulldogs (17-6) blanked Elba 11-0.
      Prior to the game, Coach Cindy Hawthorne and the Brantley softball team gathered for a ceremony in the infield as Brantley’s softball field was named in honor of the former Bulldogs’ softball star.
       Wilcox passed away last summer after a 2 ½-year battle with cancer. Coach Hawthorne also announced the retirement of Wilcox’s jersey No. 8 during the pre-game ceremony. She became just the third Brantley player to have their jersey number retired. The other two belonged to NBA basketball standouts Wesley Person Sr. (11) and Chuck Person (45).
     Wilcox, who signed with Mississippi State out of high school, helped build Brantley softball into one of the top softball programs in the AHSAA, led the Bulldogs to three state softball titles (2014, 2015 and 2016) and was present last spring to help present the school with the fourth title won at the AHSAA 2018 Class 1A State Tourney.
      She was select MVP of the state tourney twice and her sister Kassidy once. Mississippi State University and the rest of the softball teams in the Southeastern Conference paid tribute to Wilcox and others who were battling ovarian cancer by wearing special jerseys in her honor last season.
    Crenshaw County Superintendent of Education and former Brantley principal Dodd Hawthorne was also on hand at the ceremony and presented a proclamation and plaque to Shaun and LeAnn Wilcox, Alex’s parents, proclaiming the field’s new name. Wilcox finished her prep career with 50 home runs, 237 RBIs and 417 runs scored.
     Coach Hawthorne pointed out to the crowd that the softball diamond was one of Alex’s favorite places.
     “This is where she wanted to be,” she said. “No doctors, no needles, no surgeries. (Just) like where she is now.”
    
“When she signed with Mississippi State, I said then she was the face of Brantley softball,” Brantley coach Cindy Hawthorne told Montgomery Advertiser reporter Stacy Long last summer.  “I don’t see that changing. Now hundreds of thousands across this nation know her and her story. Her legacy will live on.”
       Wilcox, who received the Alabama Sportswriters Association Jimmy Smothers Courage Award for 2016, played in 16 games as a freshman at Mississippi State, which honored her and others fighting ovarian cancer with special jerseys. Opposing schools also supported the cause.
        "The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day," Mississippi State coach Vann Stuedeman said following Wilcox’s death. "The grace and beauty that she put forward while suffering this horrific disease was truly remarkable and nothing short of heroic. Our hearts are broken for her family and all of those that loved her so dearly."
       

        In other top softball highlights and other spring sports performances from the past week:

MILESTONE
SISTER BATTLE ENDS IN DRAW: Sisters Haley and Taylor Cassidy squared off in last week’s 6-4 Alabama Christian win over LAMP – and while ACA got the win, each sister walked away with plenty to write home about. Hayley, a sophomore inserted in the Eagles’ lineup as the designated hitter, and Taylor, a senior who pitched for LAMP, faced her younger sister four times in the game. Haley had a double and single in two at bats and Taylor struck her sister out in the other two plate appearances.

PITCHING

ALEA JOHNSON, FAIRHOPE: Hurled a complete game four-hitter and struck out 18 to beat McCracken County (KY) 9-1. She also provided the offense slugging s three-run homer for the Pirates.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a two-hit shutout and struck out 14 to lead the Toros to a 6-0 win over Gulf Shores. She now has 261 strikeouts on the season.
HALEY PITTMAN, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Pitched a perfect game with 13 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Catholic.
RAYLEIGH COTTON, SLOCOMB: Pitched four of the five wins as Slocomb won the Ariton Purple Cat Tourney with a 5-0 record. She hurled 19 innings and allowed just one earned run and 10 hits while striking out 17.

HITTING
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-for-15 with 13 RBIs in five games for Prattville Christian last week. PCE went 4-1 in the Sparkman Invitational tourney to finish as co-champs. Teammate Carolyn Greer had two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Panthers beat Chilton County 11-0.
CAMRYN McLEMORE, SARALAND: Had two home runs and collected seven RBIs in the title game of the Saraland Invitational tournament as the host Spartans won 14-0 over Baker. She finished 3-for-3 and scored three runs.
BAILEY COX, BALDWIN COUNTY: Led the Tigers to four straight wins and the title of her school’s own tourney. She had three hits, including a homer, drove in three runs and scored three times in an 11-5 win over Lee-Montgomery. She added three hits and two RBIS in a 10-2 win over J.U. Blacksher and collected two hits, stole a base and scored a run in a 3-2 victory over Mobile Christian in the finals. Baldwin County also beat Flomaton 7-0.
EMMA BROADFOOT, DANVILLE: Slugged two home runs, finished with four hits and drove in seven runs as Danville beat West Morgan 21-9.
TAYLOR HARRIS, BENJAMIN RUSSELL:
Was 5-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as the Wildcats beat Smiths Station 14-9. Teammate Haylee Hunter added two hits, including a bases-loaded double, and finished with four RBIs.
ANSLEY WELLS, GORDO: Led her team to a 16-1 win over Holt with two hits and four RBIs.
PEYTON PERKINS, AUSTIN: Had three hits and five RBIs in Austin’s 20-6 win over Florence.
DELANEY JOHNSON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Doubled to score Ashlee Gann in the final inning to the Eagles a 4-3 win victory over Athens Bible and the Class 1A, Area 15 area championship.
ALEX DAVIS, HUNTSVILLE: Had a triple and accounted for five RBIs as the Panthers blanked Lee-Huntsville 15-0.
MALLORY LOTT, JAMES CLEMENS: Collected four hits and drove in two runs as the Jets downed Hartselle 12-8.
MORGAN WHITE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Homered twice and also drew two walks and collected four RBIs in a 7-1 win over Westminster Christian.
SAVANAH GINN, NEW HOPE: Had two doubles and a two-run homer in a 14-11 win over Skyline. She also had two doubles in a 19-4 victory over Holly Pond.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Blasted a grand-slam homer and finished with five RBIs in a 19-4 win over Holly Pond and slugged a two-run home run in New Hope’s 14-11 win over Skyline.
MADISON MURRAY, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits, including a homer and double, and collected four RBIs in the Tigers’ 16-4 win over Hamilton.
MACKENZIE WILSON, BREWBAKER TECH: Had a home run and triple and scored three runs as Brew Tech downed Park Crossing 12-4.
K.J. BRASWELL, NORTHVIEW: Belted two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs to power the Cougars past Headland 19-0 at the Enterprise Lady Wildcat Invitational. Teammate Sara Harper also had three hits and scored four runs in a 7-6 win over Wicksburg at the tourney.

TRACK AND FIELD
ANNDRELA WOODS, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Was named Queen of the West Invitational at Tuscaloosa after leading the Falcons to a third-place finish. She won the 100-meter dash with a 12.54-second time, the 300-meter hurdles (44.10) and the long jump (18-01).
GROVER WINSTON, NORTHRIDGE: Crowned king of the West Invitational meet winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.40 seconds and the 400 in 49.06. He also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay and on the 4x100 relay runner-up team.
KARMEN WILLIAMS, BLOUNT: Won the javelin throw with a toss of 133 feet, 8 inches to win the Mobile Meet of Champions event.
KATIE STROZIER, PELHAM: Ran the 800-meter race in 2:12.61 to nip Claire Frazier Bolton of McGill-Toolen Catholic, who was a close second at 2:14.19.
DAVID DOLAN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Set a personal best clearing 16 feet, 3 ¼ inches in the pole vault competition at the Mobile Meet of Champions – ranking his performance among the Top 10 in the nation this season.
WILL STONE, HOMEWOOD: Won the 3,200-meter race at the Mobile meet with a winning time of 9:28.19. Faith Academy’s Myles Stoots was third with a 9:37.72 time.
NATHAN COOPER, DOTHAN: Won the shot put with a toss of 56-10 ½ at the Mobile meet.

SOCCER
MICHAEL McCARTY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Scored 11 goals and had five assists in a 14-0, 14-0 sweep of Ellwood Christian.
ERNESTO DELGADO, WEST MORGAN: Scored six goals in the Rebels’ 10-1 win over Hamilton.
SPENCER GOSS, MARBURY: Scored five goals in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 win over Shelby County to up his season total to 13 in 16 matches.
MYLES CORNETT, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Had eight goals and four assists in four Huskies’ wins.
LOGAN ROMP, VESTAVIA HILLS: Had three goals in a win over Mill Creek (GA).
MARI JULIA DELGADO, WEST MORGAN: Planted five goals in a 10-0 soccer win over Hamilton.
MARLEY SMITH, DAPHNE:  The senior scored one goal and had three assists as the Trojans downed Elberta 8-0 to clinch the Class 6A, Area 2 title.
KAITLYN AMBROSE, PINSON VALLEY: Scored seven goals in two wins, including six in a victory over Ramsay.
MIMI DAVIS, ALTAMONT: Tallied five goals and an assist in three matches for the Lady Knights.

GOLF
ANNA MARGARET HAYS, MUSCLE SHOALS:
Shot a 4-under par 68 to win the Golden Eagle Invitational in Athens.


Lincoln’s Christavia Curry Turns in Perfect Performance as the Lead-Off Hitter

Bears’ Senior Captures AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Lincoln High School senior Christavia Curry reached perfection as a lead-off hitter for the Bears at the Gulf Coast Classic softball tournament last week. She tied an AHSAA state record by reaching base safely on 18 straight plate appearances as Lincoln, coached by Chad Mullinax, rolled to a 4-2 record in the tourney.
    The incredible batting performance propelled the senior who has signed already to play collegiately at the University of Montevallo into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight for this week. She tied the record (18) set by Chandler Dare of American Christian in 2013. She had 15 hits and three walks during the streak, scored 11 runs, had seven RBIs and was 6-of-6 on stolen bases.
      “This was an amazing three days for this kid,” said Mullinax. “Setting these kinds of records don’t happen every day.”  He said her lead-off role is essential to Lincoln’s success. “When your lead-off batter gets on in softball, they usually find a way to come around and score,” he said. “Getting an early lead is always big.”  The Class 4A Bears emerged from the Gulf Coast Classic (25-12).
       Curry has a .535 batting average with 53 hits in 98 at bats on the season. She also has 18 RBIs and owns a 20-of-23 success rate in stolen bases. Her 15 hits in a row in “official at bats” is also An AHSAA record (not counting walks). The record for hits in a row in plate appearances (14) was established by Krista Mayes of Three Springs in 2002. Moody’s Sid Wagon had 13 in a row in 2013.
     Curry’s incredible streak was as follows: She was 3-for-3 in a 7-2 win over Slocomb; 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Lawrence County; walked in her first at bat and then had two straight hit in a 7-4 loss to Normal West (IL); was 3-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Sullivan East (TN); walked in her first at bat and then had two hits in a 12-7 win over Glenbrook (IL); and closed the week with two hits before drawing a walk in her final at bat in a 5-2 loss to John Carroll.  The streak ended with a ground out in her first at bat against Springville last Monday.
   Other top performances and milestones submitted include:

MILESTONES
ACA’s GOODMAN, PITTMAN REACH MILESTONES: Alabama Christian Academy ace pitcher and University of Florida commitment Haley Pittman hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Geneva in the Sidney Cooper Invitational Tourney earlier this season to present Eagles head coach Chris Goodman with his 500th career softball win – all at ACA. Goodman has a 513-180 record since taking over the Eagles’ softball program in 2007. His teams have won two Class 4A state championships and have finished runner-up three times. The 2017 team was 58-7.
Pittman, a junior, registered the 1,000th strikeout of her outstanding pitching career last week. She is 15-5 this season for the Eagles (17-7) with a 0.87 ERA with 197 strikeouts in just 97 innings. In last week’s action she hurled a four-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 to beat Jeff Davis 9-0; list a 2-1 decision to G.W. Long with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed; beat Andalusia 9-0 with nine strikeouts over four innings; hurled a five-inning one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to beat Trinity 14-0; and hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 13 of  21 batters she faced in a 5-0 area win over Montgomery-Catholic. Pittman finished 4-1 for the week with 25 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and 50 strikeouts.
   Goodman has also served as head baseball coach, girls’ and boys’ basketball at times during his tenure. His baseball teams compiled a 389-192 record, his boys’ basketball team were 216-168, and girls’ basketball teams, 225-93. His overall record in all sports is 1,343-633.


OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES   
LIBBY BAKER, G.W, LONG: The senior tossed a perfect game in a five-inning 10-0 win over Providence Christian. She struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced for the Rebels (19-0).
McKENZIE NEWCOMB, HAZEL GREEN: Was 5-0 for the week with 48 strikeouts, one walk and only 16 hits allowed and compiled a 0.88 ERA competing in the Upper Cumberland (TN) Classic tourney. The Trojans finished 5-1. Newcomb also hit two of Hazel Green’s six homers collected during the tourney.
MONTANNA MASHBURN, WEST END: Slugged three doubles in a 14-4 win over Southeastern as the Patriots clinched a share of the Class 2A, Area 10 regular season title. She also drove in three runs.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out five to beat Satsuma in the finals of the Pat Hicks Classic softball tourney and also struck out 10 to beat McGill-Toolen 4-1 in the semifinals. She socked two two-run homers to account for all four Toros runs and had three hits versus Satsuma in the championship game.
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-of-15 batting for the week with 13 runs batted in as the Panthers went 4-1 earned co-champion honors with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the tourney cut short by inclement weather. Teammate Landyn McAnnally fired a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a regular-season win over Montgomery Catholic.
KIRSTEN STROUD, PIKE ROAD: Was 7-of-8 in two wins for Pike Road. The Patriots beat Lee-Montgomery 11-0 and Brewbaker Tech 11-6.
MAKAYLA MILLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Clements 12-0. She struck out six and did not walk a batter and had a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Morgan White added a home run to highlight an eight-run first inning.
EMMA HOUSTON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had two hits, including a grand-slam home run, and finished with five RBIS as PCA downed Houston Academy 13-0.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a home run and three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Plainview. She hurled a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the game. She also struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Athens.
ELISE WALKER, MAE JEMISON: Slugged three doubles and drove in five runs in a 19-8 win over Lee-Huntsville and also had a homer and double for three RBIs in a 14-6 loss to Randolph.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Had a triple and collected three RBIs in a 15-1 win over Vinemont and added a two-run homer in s 5-4 loss to Brewer.
HYLAN HIGDON, GLENCOE: Pitched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils allowing two hits and striking out 12.
JOANNA VEGA, RANDOLPH: The pitcher had a triple and single and four RBIs in the Raiders’ 11-4 win over Lee-Huntsville and drove in two runs in a 14-6 win over Mae Jemison.


J.B. Pennington Slugger Shea Putman Sets National Record with 7 Home Runs in a Row

MONTGOMERY – Senior slugger Shea Putman of J.B. Pennington High School slugged her way into the national spotlight earlier this month when she slugged seven home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances to set a new NFHS National High School softball record.
    Her performance shared the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week with Colbert Heights High School’s slugging lineup that set two AHSAA fast-pitch records with seven home runs in one inning and 11 in a 24019 win over Cherokee. The game total tied the NFHS national record.
   Putman set a national and AHSAA record with seven straight home runs in seven consecutive plate appearances during a three-game stretch to eclipse the national record of five set previously by Aubrey Martin of Muscatine (IA) in 2002 and equaled by Amanda Emelander of Wyoming Lee (MI) in 2014. Both hit five consecutive home runs in one game.  Putman accomplished her feat over three games.
   The senior Snead State commitment belted three home runs in three plate appearances in a 13-3 win over Hanceville, followed with three more in a 6-0 win over Good Hope. She boomed her seventh in a row in her first plate appearance Pennington’s 13-1 win over Locust Fork. She drove in 11 runs in the streak and then opened the next game, a 5-0 win over Glencoe, with a solo homer for eight home runs in nine plate appearances.
     “The streak was something to see,” said Pennington Coach Jeff Gibbs, who served as Oneonta head coach for 10 years before retiring in 2016. He came out of retirement this year to take over the J.B. Pennington program. “What makes it even more special is that Shea has not mentioned this one time. The team hasn’t talked about it either. We have seven seniors leading this team who are committed to being the best they can be. Their goal is to get to Tuscaloosa (Regionals) and to Montgomery (State Tourney). They are a joy to coach.”
     Putman, who plays catcher and shortstop for the Tigers, has 13 home runs on the season for Class 3A J.B. Pennington (9-1). She is hitting .398 with 25 RBIs in 10 games. She has struck out once this season and has nine walks – four of them intentional. She had two home runs in the team’s last game, s 10-9 loss to Blount County rival Hayden. Alanna Goble, an Auburn-Montgomery signee, also has four home runs, is hitting .440 on the season and has struck out 130 as the team’s pitcher. Currently on spring break, Gibbs’ team will play Hayden net Monday and then compete in the Blount County tourney at Appalachian April 4-5.
         Colbert Heights High School’s strong lineup as seven different players blasted home runs in the win over Cherokee – seven of the homers coming in the same inning to set the state record. The 11 in a game ties the national high school single-game record set by Chicago St. Benedict versus Chicago Providence on April 13, 2000. The seven in one inning may be a national record as well, but the NFHS Record Book does list that category among its records.
     Caroline Clark hit three in the contest to lead Wildcats of Coach Brad James, who has over 700 career wins as head softball coach. Kinsley Milender and Katelyn Hand each had two home runs. One of Milender’s home runs was a grand slam, and she finished with seven RBIs. Clark finished with four RBIs and Hand had three. Also homering for Colbert Heights were Kylie Robinson, Alana Roberts, Haleigh Rhodes and Kaylee Fuller. Guntersville and Ider each hit eight homers in a game to share the AHSAA record. Guntersville had six in one inning in its 12-1 win over Brewer in 2018. Ider socked eight in a game in 2008.
   Cherokee’s Brianna Gooch had two homers for the Indians – giving both teams 13 home runs in the game – another AHSAA state record.
   Clark followed with two homers and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Phil Campbell.
Colbert Heights’ home run barrage came in a 24 broke two state records for home runs in a 24-10 victory over Cherokee in high school softball last week.
MILESTONES
COACH ANTHONY COX, BALDWIN COUNTY: The Tigers from Bay Minette captured the 400th win of Cox’s coaching career with a 5-4 win over Auburn at the Auburn High School Softball Invitational.

OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LAUREN YATES, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Slugged a grand slam and two-run homer for six RBIs and hurled six innings to get the 13-7 win over Muscle Shoals. The game was highlighted by seven home runs. Brianna Posey and Hannah Russell had one solo homer each for Central while Elizabeth Marshall, Madelyn Stonecipher and Natalie Nesbit homered for the Trojans.
DALLAS POTTER, G.W. LONG: Slugged two home runs and a single to drive in three runs to lead the Rebels (18-0) past Gardendale 6-2 in the finals of the Alex Wilcox Memorial/FCA Tourney at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. She finished the tourney with five homers and 10 RBIs. Pitchers Libby Baker and Savanna Wood combined to allow just two runs over 32 innings with 61 strikeouts in six wins in the tourney. Baker pitched the win over Gardendale.
ABBY WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 17-of-24 with four doubles and six RBIs for the week as the Rockets (21-3) finished runner-up at the Alex Wilcox Memorial Tourney at Lagoon Park last week. G.W. Long won the championship. Teammate Kylee Franklin added four doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs among her 10 hits for the week.
HANNAH WISHAAR, SPANISH FORT: Had three hits, including her second game-winning home run of the season, in a 6-5 win over Gulf Breeze (FL). Teammate Ainsley Lambert had two hits, scored twice and struck out 14 in a 4-0 shutout win over Jay (FL). Wishaar also had the game-winning two-run homer as the Toros beat Daphne 2-0 and Lambert pitched a no-hitter striking out 17. She also whiffed 18 in a 3-0 win over Saraland and finished the week with 48 strikeouts in three wins.
BREANNA BARLOW, EXCEL: Pitched a pair of complete-game shutouts, including a perfect game, and struck out 13 for the week. Her perfect game came in an 8-0 win over Zion Chapel. She struck out seven in that game. At the plate, she went 11-of-16 with seven homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 runs scored.

TAYLOR HUNT, DAPHNE: Was 5-for-7 with a double and triple, four runs scored and two RBIs as the Trojans went 2-0 at the Florida-Alabama Challenge at Pace High School in Milton (FL).
BRILEY PITT, EAST LAWRENCE: Had three solo home runs and also pitched all 11 innings striking out 14 in the extra-inning win over Colbert Heights. Teammate Camryn Langley ended the game with a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning.
TAYLOR McVEY, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Drove in seven runs in a Wildcats’ 15-0 win at the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores over Carter (GA). She slugged a three-run home run in the first inning, then added a pair of two-run singles in the second and third innings.
ALYSSA WHITEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Delivered an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning drove in teammate Leighann McWhorter for the winning run to lift Horseshoe Bend to a 12-11 win over host Brewbaker Tech. The two teams combined for 43 hits with the Generals collecting 20 and Brewbaker had 23.
ASHLEY BERRYMAN, HATTON: Whiffed 12 and allowed just two hits in a 4-0 shutout win over East Lawrence.
SYDNEY HALL, ARDMORE: H
ad nine strikeouts in a 7-0 complete-game effort against Stewart’s Creek.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Allowed just three hits and struck out 15 in a 1-0 loss to Lexington. Winning pitcher Mycala Mitchell tossed a two-hitter in the shutout win striking out eight. Alyssa Brown doubled in the seventh inning to plate the game’s only run for the Bears.
HEIDI GARNER, ROGERS: Forced in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and Aubree Heuszel followed with a bases-loaded walk to drive in an insurance run as Rogers nipped Waterloo 5-3. Rogers’ other three runs came on a three-run homer in the third inning by Savanna Henson.
JALIA LASSITER, FLOMATON: Had eight hits and 11 RBIs in a three-game span last week. She also struck out 20 batters in 13 innings and allowed one earned run.
JAALA TORRENCE, NORTHVIEW: Pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in relief and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 3-2 win over Alexandria at the Gulf Coast Classic. She walked one and struck out four in her relief work. She then pitched six innings and struck out seven to get the win in a 6-5 win over Mortimer Jordan.
LANDYN McANNALLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out 11 as PCA beat Saint James 4-0. She followed with a three-hit 6-0 shutout over Oak Mountain and blanked Prattville 3-0. She tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10 in the finals of PCA’s tourney to blank Tallassee 4-0 for the championship.
HANNAH SIMS, BRANTLEY: Slugged a two-run homer in a 6-3 loss to G.W. Long and had two home runs and four RBIs in a 15-0 victory over Elba.

North, South Split Softball All-Star Twinbill at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Hatton’s Emma Latham slugged a two-out solo home run to center field Tuesday night to salvage a 5-4 win over the South All-Stars in the 22nd annual North-South Softball All-Star Games. The South won game one 3-0 at Lagoon Park.
      All-Star Sports Week is hosted in conjunction with the AHSAA Summer Conference by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. Cross Country and Basketball all-star competition will be held Wednesday, with volleyball and football closing out the events Thursday. A complete schedule can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The basketball, volleyball and football all-star games will be video live-streamed over the NFHS Network thanks to the AHSAA member school NFHS Network School Broadcast Programs at Goshen and Booker T. Washington Magnet.
    North 5, South 4: Latham, who earned North MVP honors for her clutch home run, also helped spark a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to give North, coached by Spring Garden’s Ann Welsh and Buckhorn’s Al Rauls, its first lead of the night, 4-2. Hewitt-Trussville’s Hannah Borden doubled to plate two runs for the big hit of the inning.
     The South took the lead 2-0 in the top of the fourth on G.W. Long first baseman Olivia Baker’s two-run homer. The South, coached by Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula, knotted the game at 4-4 with two runs in the top of the seventh. Blake Gibson of Rehobeth, the South MVP, had two hits in game two including an RBI single in the seventh.
     Madison Sanders of Moody pitched the final inning to get the win for the North. Maggie Phillips of Alexandria and Kaitlyn Clark of Gardendale each hurled two shutout innings for the North in the win. Baker pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and was the losing pitcher for the South.
    South 3, North 0: Olivia Baker hurled three strong innings to start game one. She got the win allowing only one hit and striking out two. Kahalley Brooks of Baldwin County also pitched three shutout innings and Kaylyn Dismukes of Holtville closed out the two-hitter with a hitless seventh inning to get the save.
    Springville’s Abby Swaney pitched the first two innings for the North allowing no hits, one walk, struck out four and gave up one unearned run to get the loss. Brantley’s Kassidy Wilcox homered for the South. Brooks singled for the North’s other hit. Lauren Haskins of Thompson and Phillips each had a single for the North’s only hits.
    With the split, the North now holds a 26-21-3 edge in the series which started in 1997.

Tuesday’s North-South All-Star Results
Baseball
South 3-2, North 2-6

Soccer
Girls:
North 2, South 0
Boys: North 2, South 1

Softball
South 3-4, North 0-5

All-Star Week Series History
Baseball – North leads 22-12-1
Softball – North leads 26-21-3
Boys Soccer – North leads 13-4-1
Football – South leads 30-26-2
Boys Basketball – North leads 48-27
Girls Basketball – North leads 18-3
Girls Soccer – North leads 14-2-1
Volleyball – North leads 14-6
Boys Cross Country – North leads 1-0
Girls Cross Country – North leads 1-0


ASWA Names 2018 Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball

MONTGOMERY –  The Alabama Sports Writers Association named St. Luke's Jeremiah Jackson Mr. Baseball and Brantley's Leanna Johnson Miss Softball during Sunday’s annual banquet at Montgomery’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

 

ASWA also honored Pleasant Valley volleyball player Anna Bryant with the Jimmy Smothers Courage Award.

 

Jackson led St. Luke's to the Class 2A state semifinals, batting .637 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 34 games. Jackson hit .439 with 34 homers, 199 RBIs and 152 walks in his career, helping the Wildcats to a pair of state titles.

 

He was picked No. 57 overall in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.

 

Jackson heads the Super All-State list and is joined by Homewood's Josh Hall, Auburn's Brooks Fuller, Andalusia's Ethan Wilson, Sweet Water's Jonah Smith, Hoover's Sonny DiChiria, Cullman's Will Morrison, Headland's Chase Wilkerson, Mobile Christian's Ethan Hearn and G.W. Long's Dylan Register.

 

Troy signee Johnson led Brantley to the Class 1A state championship with a 48-4 record, posting a state-best 536 strikeouts and 31 shutouts with an 0.45 ERA. She also batted .374 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs.

 

She helped the Bulldogs to state titles in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Johnson is the first Class 1A player selected Miss Softball.

 

Johnson leads the Super All-State softball list along with Springville's Abby Swaney, Fairhope's Samantha Yarbrough, Spain Park's Annabelle Widra, Thompson's Lauren Haskins, Daphne's Kennedy Cronan, Baker's Victoria Ortiz, Wilson's Johnna Staggs, G.W. Long's Olivia Baker and Macon-East's Taylor McKinney.

 

Jackson is the 20th Mr. Baseball and first St. Luke's player to win the award. No player has repeated as Mr. Baseball

 

Johnson is the 16th Miss Softball and first Brantley player to earn the honor. Grissom’s Anna Thompson is the only two-time Miss Softball winner, earning the award in 2004 and 2006.

 

Only Pisgah, Hueytown and Baker have multiple winners in the 16-year history of the award.

 

Pisgah’s Holly Currie won the first Miss Softball award in 2003 and Shelby Holley won in 2011. Hueytown’s Lindsey Dunlap won in 2008 and Leigh Streetman won in 2010 while Baker’s Tara Donaldson won in 2005 and Lacey Sumerlin in 2015.

 

Pleasant Valley's Bryant starred in volleyball and also played softball until her sophomore year when a foul ball screamed into the dugout and struck her in the head. She was diagnosed with a slow brain bleed, requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation.

 

Bryant returned to volleyball her junior season and was MVP of the Calhoun County tourney as a senior. She was a Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award winner.

 

2018 ASWA Super All-State Baseball

Mr. Baseball: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s

Josh Hall, Homewood

Brooks Fuller, Auburn

Ethan Wilson, Andalusia

Jonah Smith, Sweet Water

Sonny DiChiria, Hoover

Will Morrison, Cullman

Chase Wilkerson, Headland

Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian

Dylan Register, G.W. Long

 

ASWA Mr. Baseball Winners

2018: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s

2017: Tanner Burns, Decatur

2016: Owen Lovell, Cullman

2015: Brax Garrett, Florence

2014: Cody Reed, Ardmore

2013: Keegan Thompson, Cullman

2012: Mikey White, Spain Park

2011: Daniel Koger, Huntsville

2010: Daryl Norris, Fairhope

2009: Luke Bole, Hartselle

2008: Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff

2007: John David Smelser, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

2006: Del Howell, American Christian

2005: Colby Rasmus, Russell County

2004: Patrick White, Daphne

2003: Joey Doan, Baker

2002: Allen Ponder, Lee-Scott Academy

2001: Eric West, Southside-Gadsden

2000: Wade Miller, G.W. Long

1999: Matthew Maniscalco, Oxford

 

2018 ASWA Super All-State Softball

Miss Softball: Leanna Johnson, Brantley

Abby Swaney, Springville

Samantha Yarbrough, Fairhope

Annabelle Widra, Spain Park

Lauren Haskins, Thompson

Kennedy Cronan, Daphne

Victoria Ortiz, Baker

Johnna Staggs, Wilson

Olivia Baker, G.W. Long

Taylor McKinney, Macon-East

 

ASWA Miss Softball Winners

2018: Leanna Johnson, Brantley

2017: Annie Willis, Westminster Christian

2016: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

2015: Lacey Sumerlin, Baker

2014: Madi Moore, Winfield

2013: Kasey Cooper, Dothan

2012: Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan

2011: Shelby Holley, Pisgah

2010: Leigh Streetman, Hueytown

2009: Hilary Phillips, Ider

2008: Lindsey Dunlap, Hueytown

2007: Whitney Larsen, Vestavia Hills

2006: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2005: Tara Donaldson, Baker

2004: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2003: Holly Currie, Pisgah


CLASS 2A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP G.W. Long 13, Mars Hill Bible 7

G.W. Long 13, Mars Hill Bible 7

MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long battled from a 7-1 deficit in the championship game to beat Mars Hill Bible 13-7 as the Rebels claimed the 2018 AHSAA Class 2A State Softball championship. The state title also gave the school a sweep in Montgomery since the G.W. Long boys won the Class 2A state baseball crown, ironically, over Mars Hill Bible, earlier in the week.
   Junior pitcher Libby Baker, the Class 2A state tourney MVP, supplied the power with two home runs and three RBIs for Long. Her two-run blast highlighted a seven-run fourth inning that gave the Lady Rebels (35-14) the lead for good 8-7.
    Coach Nikki Long’s team rolled through the 2A state tourney undefeated with wins over Leroy 4-1, Lamar County 15-8 and Mars Hill Bible 5-2 in the winner’s bracket finals. Coach Matt Burgess’ Mars Hill girls downed Thorsby 11-0 and Reeltown 4-0 before falling to the loser’s bracket. The Panthers (45-16) beat Reeltown 9-3 to advance to the championship game.
    G.W. Long had 10 hits in the finals with Kenzi Payne, Savanna Wood and Dallas Potter collecting two hits each. Potter also had a homer, had two RBIs and scored three times. Payne, Wood and Emmaline Hughes each added two RBIs.
   Mars Hill scored all its runs in the first three innings off Baker, who allowed 10 hits, walked eight and struck out eight. Faith Stanford got the loss for the Panthers.  Annah Steadhman collected a double and single to drive in three runs for Mars Hill. Riley Vaughn also had a double and two RBIs, and Kayla Thigpen had two hits and scored twice.
   The state title was the first in school history for G.W. Long.
CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Libby Baker, G.W. Long (MVP); Kenzi Payne, G.W. Long; Savanna Wood, G.W. Long; Emmaline Hughes, G.W. Long; Erika Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible; Riley Vaughn, Mars Hill Bible; Annah Steadman, Mars Hill Bible; Allie Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible.


CLASS 6A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

MONTGOMERY – Junior Kylie Winton’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the winning run Saturday afternoon at Lagoon Park to lift Hartselle to a 6-5 win over Saraland in the finals of the 2018 AHSAA Class 6A State Softball Tournament. The state championship was the fifth in school history for the Tigers (43-15) and the first since back-to-back state crowns in 2013  and 2014.
    Hartselle rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of seventh inning to send the final game into extra innings. No. 8 batter MacKenzie Farmer led off the eighth with a walk. The runner advanced to third on Kristen Black’s hit and Winton, the Class 6A state tournament MVP, then delivered a two-strike liner to left to plate the winning run.
     Coach Christy Ferguson’s Tigers finished 4-0 in the tourney beating Hueytown 7-2, Nort5hview 11-6 and Gardendale 6-4 to reach the finals.  Saraland (45-10-1) beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9-6 in the opener, then fell to Gardendale 2-1. The Spartans of Coach Donny Sunnycalb then beat Chelsea 7-5, Hillcrest 13-3 and Gardendale 4-1 to set up the championship game.
    Hartselle junior Morgyn Sparkman allowed 13 hits over eight innings and struck out one to get the win in the finals. Taylor Heaton started for Saraland and went five innings, leaving the game with six hits allowed, one strikeout and a 5-3 lead. Reliever Brinkley Goff, who pitched the Spartans out of the jam with a double-play liner to third, got the loss going two innings.
   Winton finished with three hits, including home run and double, scored three runs and had two RBIs for Hartselle. Kalli Cartee had two hits and two RBIs, Mackenzie Jackson had two hits and one RBI, and Natalie King had a double and single for the Tigers.
    Camryn McLemore slugged a triple and home run to drive in three runs for Saraland. MacKenzie Farmer had a home run, single and two RBIs, and Kristen Mears and Katie Head also had two hits each.
    The Class 6A and Class 2A tournaments closed out the AHSAA’s 24th annual fast-pitch state Championships Saturday.

CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Kylie Winton, Hartselle (MVP); Mackenzie Jackson, Hartselle; Kalli Cartee, Hartselle; Morgyn Sparkman, Hartselle; Bree Green, Saraland; Katie Head, Saralanda; Camryn McLemore, Saraland; Taylor Heaton, Saraland.