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AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: G.W. Long 7, Westbrook Christian 0 (G.W. Long win championship)

    MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long High School senior pitcher/third baseman Matt Snell will have plenty to remember from his high school baseball-playing days – like three straight Class 2A state  titles as a member of the Rebels’ baseball team.
    Wednesday, he etched his performance at Riverwalk Stadium into the memories of the Skipperville faithful in attendance as he hurled a six-hitter to shut out Westbrook Christian 7-0 in the second and deciding game of the AHSAA 2019 Class 2A State Baseball Championship series. The Rebels (34-6) swept the Warriors (23-14) thank in big part to the hitting and pitching of Snell.
    
He struck out 12 as Long won its 16th state baseball title since 1989 – when head coach Drew Miller was admittedly just 10 years old. None of this year’s roster was even born. Yet, the legacy that started 21 years ago is alive and well thanks to Miller’s dedication and his players’ commitment, he said.
     Snell earned Class 2A Championships Series MVP in style. He was 4-for-4 in game two with two runs scored and an RBI. He hit the only homer of the week so far over the right-field fence to give the Rebels a 6-0 lead. He finished the series batting .778 on a 7-of-9 hitting spree. He drove in four runs and also scored four.
     G.W. Long pounded 27 hits in the two wins, a team batting average of .435, with 19 RBIs. Catcher Slade Simmons was 4-for-7 with four RBIs, including two hits Wednesday. First sacker Harrison Gray was 4-for-6 with three RBIs. He also had two hits in game two.
     Snell was especially masterful in the tough situations. Westbrook’s Andrew Dutton delivered a two-out triple to right center in the first inning, but Snell struck out the next batter to end  the threat. The Warriors of Coach Matt Kennedy got a man on third in the second frame when John Ross Morgan doubled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Snell got the third out on another strikeout to end the inning.
    G.W. Long came out swinging, collecting one run in the first, one in the second and three in the bottom of the  third inning. Snell singled in the first inning and scored on Simmons’ double. Parker Collier drew a two-out walk in the second inning, stole second and scored on Carson Dunlap’s timely single.
     Snell had a lead-off single in the third and pinch-runner Blayne McDaniel scored on a bases-loaded infield hit by Jake Steed. The Rebels got two more runs on a single by Collier. McDaniel scored the final run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Gray.
     Andrew Dutton
had two hits for Westbrook. Samuel Dutton started on the mound and pitched 3 1/3 innings to get the loss. Steven Smith pitched two shutout innings in relief.
    The Class 4A State Championship Series was scheduled to be completed at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.
          All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


 


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: Brooks 4, Sipsey Valley 1

    MONTGOMERY – Senior pitcher Thorne Trapp pitched a complete-game victory Wednesday night to lead Brooks (26-8) to a 4-1 victory over Sipsey Valley (21-15) in the first game of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 4 p.m., Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium.  Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Thorne scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out six in a solid performance for Coach Jacob Fowler’s Lions. He and Sipsey Valley junior hurler Cade Whitley were locked in quite a pitching duel with the game tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Brooks got three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then blanked the Bears of Coach Bobby Moore in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
    Charlie Crowley, batting eighth in the Brooks lineup, singled to left to start the rally. Kobe Warden then beat out a sacrifice bunt for a hit and lead-off hitter Lake Spurgeon walked to load the bases. Crowley scored on a wild pitch, Warden came in on a sacrifice fly and Peyton Plants singled to drive in the insurance run.
      Brandon Moore, who was brought to the mound in the sixth to close down the rally, singled in Sipsey Valley’s only run in the top of the sixth. Brett Urban doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth for Brooks and scored the game’s first run when catcher Hayden Walton doubled to right field to drive him in.
      Walton, Plants and Crowley each had two hits for the Lions. Tyler Moore and Caleb Junkin had two hits each for the Bears.
    Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.


AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com


MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0


WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: 
Westbrook Christian (23-13) vs. G.W. Long (33-6), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) vs. Sipsey Valley (20-16), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 1, 4 p.m.
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1, 7 p.m.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)

Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A:
 Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: G.W. Long 18, Westbrook Christian 5

    MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 2A state champion G.W. Long scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning on eight hits and cruised to an 18-5 victory over Westbrook Christian in the opening game of the AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Southern League AA Montgomery Biscuits. Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    The Rebels (33-6) of Coach Drew Miller, winners of an AHSAA state-record 15 state baseball titles with the first coming in 1989, wasted little time in taking control of the opening game at Paterson Field. Kam Faria opened with a double down the left-field line and when he came up the plate for the second time in the inning nine batters later, he walked to force in a run. Senior third baseman Matt Snell had a two-run double and sophomore Harrison Gray drove in two runs with a single. A total of 15 Rebels hitters came to the plate in the inning.
    Long added four runs in the second and third innings to take an 18-1 lead before Westbrook Christian(23-13) rallied for three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
   Snell finished with three hits and three RBIs, catcher Slade Simmons had two hits, including a triple, and had three RBIs, and Gray had two hits and two RBIs.  Trevor Morris scored four runs and had one hit. Collecting doubles were Faria, Snell, Gray and Jake Steed.
     Westbrook catcher Greysen Robinson had two hits and drove in three runs for Coach Matt Kennedy’s Warriors. Third baseman Isaac James had a double and single and one RBI.
      Westbrook used five pitchers with starter Ashley Dutton getting the loss. The  Warriors issued six walks and hit one batter.  G.W. Long used three hurlers with Jake Steed working the final three innings. Christian Collier pitched the first inning and Carson Dunlap hurled the second inning.
    The Class 4A State Championship Series opened Wednesday night in the second game with Sipsey Valley facing Brooks. That series will resume at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday at 4 p.m.
    Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.


 


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.

 


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series Game 3: Providence Christian 16, Piedmont 6 (6 innings)

    MONTGOMERY – Providence Christian rebounded from a 5-4 loss in game two of the AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday to claim the school’s first state baseball title winning game three 16-6.
     The Eagles (30-9), who won game one on Tuesday 4-0,  fell behind 3-0 after two innings in deciding game before rallying to tie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the third. Coach Casey Smith’s team took the lead 5-3 with two runs in the fourth inning and then tacked on nine runs in the top of the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. Piedmont, which forced game three with a 5-4 nine-inning win in game two Wednesday morning, got three runs back in the bottom of the inning to avoid the 10-run rule ending but yielded two runs in the sixth as PCA closed out the win.
    Winning pitcher Will Solomon relieved starter David Warren in the bottom of the first when the pitcher left the mound due to an injury. Solomon tossed 5 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out six in a journeyman relief effort. Coleman Wright closed out the game getting the final out.
    Providence Christian slugged 12 hits in the third game with Cole Smith pounding three hits and driving in two runs. Bayden Banner had one hit and had four RBIs, and Jake Smith slugged two hits to plate two more runs. No. 9 hitter Reid Leger scored three runs and had one hit and two RBIs.
     The Eagles had seven hits in the fifth-inning outburst and also took advantage of three Piedmont errors to send collect nine runs. Jake Smith and Reid Leger each had a single and two RBIs in the inning.
     Grayson Stewart, who pitched a two-hit shutout to win game 1 on Tuesday, had one hit and scored two runs in game three. He was named the Class 3A State Championship Series MVP.
     Piedmont (36-10), which set a school record for wins in a season in 2019, collected seven hits with lead-off hitter T.J. Fairs collecting two hits, scored  two runs and had one RBI. Starting pitcher Bryce Walter, who pitched two shutout innings before reaching his pitch-count limit for the day, also had two hits and drove in two runs. DH Nick Johnson had a single and RBI. He and Fairs each had a hit and RBI to account both runs for Bulldogs, coached by Matt Deerman, in the second inning. Fairs scored the run in the first leading off with a walk, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Fairs ignited the fifth-inning rally with an infield single. Mason Mohon plated him with a single Walter singled to left to plate Piedmont’s final two runs.
     Piedmont used five pitchers in the third game yielding seven walks and hitting six batters. Providence Christian hit two giving both team a combined eight in the contest.
      All games in the 2019 Baseball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. Information can be found at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
       The Class 2A Championship series featuring defending 2A state champ G.W. Long and Westbrook Christian, got underway at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Paterson Field. The Class 4A Championship Series between Brooks and Sipsey Valley will play game one at 7 p.m.

Game 2: Piedmont 5, Providence Christian 4 (9 innings)
    MONTGOMERY – Piedmont second baseman Brent Deerman singled to right in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate Austin Estes with the winning run as the Bulldogs (36-9) forced a third game in the Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday.
    Mason Mahon hurled 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to get the win for Coach Matt Dearman to get the win. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two. Starter Bryce Walter pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, gave up six hits, four runs and struck out six.
      Brayden Banner hurled seven innings for Coach Casey Smith’s Eagles, scattering seven hits, four runs, walked one and also struck out six.  Reliever Will Solomon got the loss.
      Piedmont took an early 3-0 thanks to timely hitting from T.J. Fairs, Mason Mohon, Sean Smith, Jack Hayes and Nick Johnson. Mohon ripped a triple, scored twice and had one RBI. Hayes and Fairs had a double each and Fairs had the sacrifice bunt that moved Estes into scoring position in the ninth before Deerman’s game-winning hit.
     Providence cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the third and plated three runs in the top of the sixth.  Eagles center fielder David Warren, who had two hits, made the defensive play of the game by running down Piedmont first baseman Sean Smith’s towering blast to left center with the winning run in scoring position that was grabbed at the warning track to end the bottom of the seventh.
    Cole Smith had three hits for Providence Christian. Mohon, Smith and Hayes had two hits each for Piedmont.

 


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: Piedmont 5, Providence Christian 4 (9 innings)

    MONTGOMERY – Piedmont second baseman Brent Deerman singled to right in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate Austin Estes with the winning run as the Bulldogs (36-9) forced a third game in the Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday.
     Providence Christian (29-9) won game one on Tuesday night 4-0. The deciding Game 3 was to be played immediately following Game 2.
    Mason Mahon hurled 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to get the win for Coach Matt Dearman to get the win. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two. Starter Bryce Walter pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, gave up six hits, four runs and struck out six.
      Brayden Banner hurled seven innings for Coach Casey Smith’s Eagles, scattering seven hits, four runs, walked one and also struck out six.  Reliever Will Solomon got the loss.
      Piedmont took an early 3-0 thanks to timely hitting from T.J. Fairs, Mason Mohon, Sean Smith, Jack Hayes and Nick Johnson. Mohon ripped a triple, scored twice and had one RBI. Hayes and Fairs had a double each and Fairs had the sacrifice bunt that moved Estes into scoring position in the ninth before Deerman’s game-winning hit.
     Providence cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the third and plated three runs in the top of the sixth.  Eagles center fielder David Warren, who had two hits, made the defensive play of the game by running down Piedmont first baseman Sean Smith’s towering blast to left center with the winning run in scoring position that was grabbed at the warning track to end the bottom of the seventh.
    Cole Smith had three hits for Providence Christian. Mohon, Smith and Hayes had two hits each for Piedmont.
       All games in the 2019 Baseball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. Information can be found at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
       The Class 2A Championship series featuring defending 2A state champ G.W. Long and Westbrook Christian, gets underway at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Paterson Field. The Class 4A Championship Series between Brooks and Sipsey Valley will play game one at 7 p.m.


Several Equipment Changes Highlight High School Basketball Rules Changes

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE

 HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

NEWS RELEASE

Several Equipment Changes Highlight

High School Basketball Rules Changes 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Contact: Theresia Wynns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) — Five of the seven rules changes in high school basketball concern player equipment, including new uniform provisions that will be required in the 2024-25 season.

All seven rules revisions recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 

Effective with the 2024-25 season, the number on the jersey can no longer be the same color as the jersey itself. Currently, the number can be the same color as the jersey if it is bordered by a contrasting color. Despite the contrasting-color border, the committee said the number is still difficult to see in many cases. The other two options in Rule 3-4-3e regarding the color of the number remain in effect.

A five-year implementation date was approved to allow schools time to budget for purchasing new uniforms. 

Four other changes were approved in Rule 3 – Players, Substitutes and Equipment. A new rule, 3-5-8, provides recommendations for use of a mouthguard. Though not required, the committee noted that state associations may deem a tooth and mouth protector required equipment.

A note was added to Rule 3-5-5 to permit folding or rolling the shorts at the natural waistband seam. The new language does state that the shorts have to be in compliance with Rule 3-4-5, which restricts uniform pants/skirts to one visible manufacturer’s logo/trademark/reference.

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the Basketball Rules Committee, said this addition to Rule 3-5-5 modernizes the rule and allows players to adjust the shorts in a manner that serves no harm to the game or its integrity.

The other equipment changes deal with headbands and hair-control devices in Rule 3-5-4. The maximum width of the headband was expanded from 2 inches to 3 inches to be consistent with the rules for volleyball and accommodate athletes who play both sports. In addition, in 3-5-4d, hair-control devices are not required to meet color restrictions. Wynns noted that a hair-control device goes around the hair only, while a headband goes around the entire head.     

In another change, assistant coaches now will be able to go onto the court with the head coach in an effort to restore order when a fight breaks out among players.

“It can be difficult for officials to separate players involved in a fight on the court,” Wynns said. “This change will allow assistant coaches to enter the court with the head coach to assist officials in regaining control of the situation and restoring player safety.”

The final change approved by the Basketball Rules Committee is a change in the signal when a held ball occurs. Now, when a held ball occurs, the covering official(s) shall stop the clock using Signal #2 (straight arm, open palm extended) while simultaneously sounding the whistle.  

“This change should help to alleviate conflicting calls by officials when a held ball occurs,” Wynns said. “We currently raise one arm to stop the clock for everything except the jump/held ball.”

              According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, basketball is the third-most popular sport for boys with 551,373 participants in 18,510 schools and the third-most popular sport for girls with 412,407 participants in 18,171 schools.

 

 

 

 

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.

 

 

 

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                                                      National Federation of State High School Associations

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Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: Providence Christian 4, Piedmont 0

AHSAA State Baseball Championships

    MONTGOMERY – Providence Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night and junior pitcher Grayson Stewart did the rest as the Eagles downed Piedmont 40 to take a 1-0 advantage in the best 2-of-3 Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Paterson Field. 
     The two teams meet again Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., in game 2 at Riverwalk Stadium – with game three to follow immediately if needed.  The 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships open the Class 2A and Class 4A championship series at Paterson Field Wednesday night. Defending state champion G.W. Long (32-6) meets Westbrook Christian (23-12) at 4 p.m., in  Class 2A, and Brooks (25-8) faces Sipsey Valley (20-15) in the first  game of the 4A series at 7. Mars Hill Bible swept Brantley with its 13-2 win Tuesday morning to claim the Class 1A state  title at Riverwalk Stadium.
     All games in the 2019 Baseball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. Information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Coach Casey Smith’s Eagles (29-8) got a very strong pitching performance from Stewart, who allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out nine to get the win. Logan Pruitt pitched well for Coach Matt Deerman’s Bulldogs 35-9). He allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out four in a complete-game effort.
     Center  fielder David Warren beat out an infield hit to open the bottom of the first for Providence. He scored on an error. With two  runners in scoring position, right fielder Brayden Banner singled in two more runs to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. Banner picked up his third RBI with a fielder’s choice in the third to make it 4-0.
     Piedmont center fielder and lead-off batter T.J. Fairs collected both hits for the Bulldogs socking two doubles.


Defending Champs Mountain Brook Rolls to 3rd Straight 7A Title at 71st AHSAA State Golf Tourney

10 Team Champs Crowned Tuesday at RTJ Capitol Hill at Prattville

   PRATTVILLE – Two-time defending Class 7A State champion Mountain Brook High School made it three in a row Tuesday with a second-round 7-over 295 to capture the large-school boys state title with a 588 team total.  McGill-Toolen Catholic finished 11 strokes back at 599, Vestavia Hills was 13 strokes back with a 601 and Fairhope took fourth at 615.
The 71st AHSAA State Golf Championships were held at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Club at Prattville.
      The 36-hole tournament concluded Tuesday with Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), UMS-Wright (5A), Brooks (4A), Houston Academy (3A) and North Sand Mountain (1A/2A) won boys’ state crowns. Auburn (7A), Northridge (6A), Randolph (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/3A) won girls’ state titles.
      Thomas Ponder of Providence Christian had the low round of all classifications Monday and Tuesday, following his 4-under 68 with a 7-under 65 and ended the tourney 11-under 133 to capture overall low medalist honors. Providence finished second in the 4A boys’ championship race by one stroke to Brooks. Randolph’s Michaela Morard shot a 6-under 66 top all the girls’ competition with a 9-under 135 to in Class 4A/5A.
    Mountain Brook’s team total (588) tied Class 3A state champion Houston Academy as the low team score of all classes.    
     Vestavia Hills High School’s Austin Coggin had the top 7A round Tuesday shooting 4-under 68 to earn low medalist honors with a 5-under 139 total over the both rounds. Reynolds Lambert and Gordon Sargent of Mountain Brook tied for second at 1-under 143. Lambert had a 71 Tuesday and Sargent shot a 71.First-day leader and 2018 low medalist William Wann shot 5-over 77 after a first-round 69 and was tied for fifth with McGill-Toolen Catholic’s Price Brown at 2-over 146.
      Complete results can be  found at:
https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/1810164
    In the other classification tourney results Tuesday:

CLASS 6A BOYS
    Defending Class 6A state champion Muscle Shoals recorded a team 10-over 298 Tuesday to close at 603 to win the state title for the second year in a row.  Homewood was 36 strokes back at 639, Gulf Sores was third at 643 and Benjamin Russell was fourth at 645.  
     Fort Payne’s Harrison Davis was 1-under at 71 Monday and followed with an even-par 72 to earn low medalist at 1-under 143. Homewood’s Ford Goldasich had a 73 Tuesday and closed at 1-over 145 to finish second. Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett was third at 149 and , Muscle Shoals’ Hunter Battles, Sam Gargis and Thomas Regan were tied with three others at 150 to lead the Trojans’ effort.


CLASS 5A BOYS
   UMS-Wright, the Class 4A champions the last three years, captured the Class 5A state championship with a 628 total. Guntersville was second with 644, Sylacauga third at 651 and Russellville was  fourth with a 660 total.
    J.P. Cave was low medalist shooting even par 72 Tuesday to close at 147 for the Bulldogs. It was his second low medalist title in three years. The first game in 2017 in Class 4A. Citronelle’s Nathaniel King also finished strong, shooting 1-0ver 73 to finish second in the 5A competition at 153. Jasper’s Patrick Minor was tied for third with Jaceton Murray of Russellville at 156.


CLASS 4A BOYS
     Brooks trailed Providence Christian by one stroke 318-319 after day but rallied to capture school’s first state golf title since 2000 with a second-round team total of 313 – two strokes better than PCA. The Lions finished with a 632 and Providence was one shot back at 633.  White Plains was third with a 649 and Fayette County finished fourth at 694.
    Providence Christian senior Thomas Ponder shot the low round of all participants Tuesday with a 7-under 65 and finished the tourney at 11-under 133 to take overall low-medalist honors. Oneonta’s Will Patrick was three strokes back with a 68 Tuesday and took second place individually in the 4A competition at 4-under 140.  American Christian’s Davis Aaron was third at 151 and Brooks’ Zach Ashley was fourth at 155. Lions teammate Justin Olive improved his first-day round of 81 by six strokes to close at 3-over 75 and was tied for fifth overall with White Plains’ Kenny Okins at 156.

 

CLASS 3A BOYS
   Defending state champion Houston Academy finished 12-over 588 for tourney to capture the 3A state golf championship for the second year in a row. Westbrook Christian was second with 650, T.R. Miller finished third at 668 and Glencoe was fourth with a 746 team total.
     Senior Hal Dove led the Raiders from start to finish shooting a 2-under 70 Tuesday to claim low medalist honors with  two-day total 142. Westbrook Christian’s William Wethington shot a 74 Tuesday and finished second with a 147 total.  Houston Academy’s Emmett Lee also shot 2-under 70 Tuesday and wound up third at 148. The Raiders also took fourth and  fifth place individually with Matthew Streitman and Jake McDonald both shooting 1-over 73 to finish at 149 and 150, respectively.


CLASS 1A/2A BOYS
    North Sand Mountain captured the Thundering Herd’s first AHSAA State Golf Championship with a team  710 over the two days of competition. Defending Class 1A/2A state champ Donoho was second at 725. Brantley finished third at 797. 
   Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy shot a 2-under 70 and finished at 146 for the 36 holes to earn low medalist honors. Red Bay’s Codey Cleveland, the 1A/2A first day leader, improved to a 1-over 73 but finished second at 148.  Cedar Bluff’s Nicholas Sawyer also shot a 73 Tuesday to finish third at 151.   Hunter Vest paced North Sand Mountain with an 81 and finished seventh overall at 167.

 

CLASS 7A GIRLS
    Defending state champion Auburn improved Monday’s round of 244 by one stroke to close at 487 and the Tigers won their second straight class 7A state girls’ title. Enterprise was second with 502, Huntsville was third at 511 and Hoover finished fourth with a 527 total.
     Elizabeth Preus had  two straight rounds of 75 to finish the tourney 6-over at 150 to earn 7A low medalist honors. Enterprise’s Ashley Curtis, Auburn’s Morgan Jones and Enterprise’s Emilia Smith each finished tied for second at 151. Jones had the low round overall Tuesday shooting 2-over 74.


CLASS 6A GIRLS
  
Northridge won its second straight Class 6A state championship with a team total 490. UMS-
Wright was second at 505, Muscle Shoals third at 526 and Spanish Fort finished fourth at 656.
   UMS-Wright’s Lauren Gilchrist posted a 1-under 71 to close at 2-over 146 and earned Class 6A low medalist. First-day leader Northridge’s Caroline MacVicar shot a 77 Tuesday and finished second at 149. Her sister Kate MacVicar had a round of 76 and finished fourth with a 156 total.


CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS
   Randolph senior Michaela Morard, who won the individual state championship in Class 7A for Huntsville High School in 2015 and 2016, blistered the Capitol Course at Prattville with a 6-under 66 Tuesday and closed with a 135 for the two 18-hole rounds to earn low medalist honors in Class 4A/5A as well as overall for the four girls’ divisions.
    Randolph posted a 455 total to win the 4A/5A girls’ crown over defending champion Northside by 10 strokes. The Rams shot a 465.  Trinity Presbyterian was third at 505 and Arab, fourth with a 524.
    Erika Allen of Northside, the 4A/5A defending individual champ, was 1-under at 71 Tuesday to finished second at 146. Her sister Karlee Allen was third at 154 – carding a 76 Tuesday. Trinity’s Emma Pittman shot 2-over 74 to close at 155 and fourth place.


CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS
 
     Providence Christian won the Class 1A/3A state championship for the  third year in a row with two-day total 473. Bayside Academy was second at 578, followed by Glencoe at 612 and Mars Hill Bible at 615.
   Providence Christian’s Lauren Thompson turned in the low round of the 1A/3A competition with a 5-under 67 and earned low medalist honors at 146. Her 67 was the second lowest score of all girls’ competition Tuesday. Her teammate Allison Howard finished second overall at 154, and Pike Road’s Yvette Gorden closed with a 75 Tuesday and two-day 161 to finish third.


Hewitt-Trussville’s Stone Shelnutt, Caleb Long Finish 1-2 in Decathlon

    HOOVER – Hewitt-Trussville seniors Stone Shelnutt and Caleb Long finished 1-2 in the final standings of the 56th AHSAA State Decathlon Championships held at Hoover High School Football Stadium.
     Shelnutt finished the first day with 3,594 points and totaled 6,481 after Tuesday’s final events to claim the 2019 Decathlon state title. Long  176 points back at 6,305 to take second. Rounding out the top five were Bob Jones junior John Murray (6,241), Mountain Brook senior Baynes Autrey (5,975) and Thompson senior Dominique Hall (5,701).
      Shelnutt won the 100-meter dash with a state decathlon record 10.88 time on Monday and also captured the long jump with a leap of 22-01 and the 400-meter dash in 49.52 seconds.  He won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.85 on Tuesday, finished third in the pole vault clearing 13-05.25 and was seventh in the discus.  Long won the javelin throw with a 179-02 toss.
      McGill-Toolen’s David Dolan wo the pole vault with a 15-05 height. James Clemens’ Trevor Hunziker won the discus with a throw of 143-01 and Wilkes Howes of St. Paul’s Episcopal won the 1,500-meter run even with a time of 4:22.65.
     A total of 50 participated in the decathlon competition this year. Complete results can be found at www.xpresstiming.com.


AHSAA State Decathlon Championships
At Hoover High School

Top 10 / Final Standings

1-Stone Shelnutt, Hewitt-Trussville          6,481
2-Caleb Long, Hewitt-Trussville                 6,305
3-John Murray, Bob Jones                         6,241
4-Baynes Autrey, Mountain Brook           5,975
5-Dominique Hall, Thompson                   5,701
6-Trey McFarland, Randolph County       5,521
7-David Dolan, McGill-Toolen                   5,414
8-Trevor Hunziker, James Clemens          5,378
9-Edwin Rainey, Northridge                      5,356
10-Eli Brooks, Homewood                         5,151