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Mars Hill Bible Wins 1A State Softball Title to Conclude 2019 Softball Championships

MONTGOMERY – Mars Hill Bible High School’s Lady Panthers softball team closed out the 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships Saturday night with a 7-6 win over defending state champion Brantley.
    The AHSAA crowned seven state champions in its State Softball Championships held at Lagoon Park.
    The Panthers (40-11) of Coach Matt Burgess rolled through the winner’s bracket undefeated – beating Brantley 5-0 in the second round of the winner’s bracket Friday. The Bulldogs (42-12) stormed through the elimination bracket to get to the finals, then beat Mars Hill 9-8 to set up the showdown with the Panthers in the “if necessary” game which concluded after 10 p.m.
    Mars Hill collected seven runs off 14 hits and held off Brantley for the Class 1A state title. The Panthers scored all seven runs in the first four innings.
    After allowing Brantley to score four runs in the first two innings, Mars Hill pitcher Riley Vaughn settled in and kept the Bulldogs offense at bay. Trailing 7-5 in the final inning, Brantley got a solo home run by Hannah Sims, but could get no closer.
     The Panthers broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead for good. RBI singles by Grace Stanfield and Kylie Thigpen gave Mars Hill a 6-4 lead and never trailed again. Emma Pettus was 4-for-4 in the championship game. Stanfield and Thigpen each finished with two hits and two RBIs for Mars Hill. Vaughn worked all seven innings to get the win in the circle. Brantley, coaches by Cindy Hawthorne, was led by Olivia Jones, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Emory Bush had  two hits and drove in two runs.
    Mars Hill Bible’s Erika Mitchell was selected Class 1A State Tourney MVP. Also named to the 1A All-State Tourney Team were Grace Stanfield and Riley Vaughn of Mars Hill and Emory Bush, Kayden Dunn and Olivia Jones of Brantley.
    The softball title gave the Florence school a sweep in Montgomery. The Mars Hill Bible baseball team also won a state championship at Riverwalk Stadium earlier in the week.


Game 14: Brantley 9, Mars Hill 8
     Brantley forced the ‘if necessary’ game by building a 9-4 lead and holding off a late Mars Hill rally. The Panthers scored four unanswered runs, including three in the sixth inning before coming up one run short. Mars Hill held an 11-5 advantage in hits but stranded eight runners. Five different Brantley players had one hit each. Kylie Thigpen was 3-for-4 to lead the Panthers.

Game 13: Brantley 12, Spring Garden 7
    Brantley (42-11) took an 11-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before a Spring Garden rally fell short in the elimination bracket finals. Spring Garden (31-11) scored six runs in the frame, sending 11 batters to the plate to pull to within 11-7. Brantley answered with a single run in the top of the seventh to wrap the scoring.
    Olivia Jones was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs to lead Brantley. Emory Bush, Kayden Dunn, Ainsley Watts and Elleigh Layton added two hits each.
    The win set up a showdown in the championship finals with Mars Hill Bible, which beat the Bulldogs 5-0 in the second round of the winner’s bracket.


Game 11: Mars Hill Bible 3, Spring Garden 1 (10 innings)
   
Hannah Henry’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Mars Hill the walk-off win to clinch a berth in the 1A championship game. After entering the frame in a 1-1 deadlock, the Panthers opened the inning with consecutive base runners on a hit and a Spring Garden error. Henry then homered to center. Riley Vaughn drove in the Panthers’ other run and also got the pitching win. She struck out 18 in 10 innings of work.

Game 9: Belgreen 8, Kinston 6
   
Belgreen used a five-run second inning to grab a big lead before holding off Kinston in the elimination bracket. The Bulldogs got four hits in the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Kinston trailed 8-4 heading into the last inning before playing two runs and leaving the tying run on base.
    Sydney Borden and Gracie Dempsey each went 3-for-4 at the plate while Katie Dempsey and Jaelyn Johnson added two hits each for Belgreen. Cadence Elmore led Kinston with a 3-for-3 showing.


Alabama Christian Wins 4A State Title at AHSAA 2019 Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

                                                   BY SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Christian came out of the elimination bracket to beat Rogers twice Saturday night to win the Class 4A State Softball Championship at Lagoon Park. The Class 1A finals were still underway with Brantley forcing an “if” game with a 9-8 win over Mars Hill Bible after emerging out of the elimination bracket.
    The Eagles (40-14), coached by John Goodman, were sent to the elimination bracket by the Pirates (28-20) of Coach Haley Stutts in a 2-1 loss in the second round of the winner’s bracket Friday.  ACA roared back to five straight games, including a 10-0 win over Rogers in the first game of the championships to force the “if necessary” deciding game the Eagles captured 8-7.
    The state was the 10th in school history for Alabama Christian. Rogers, which won the Class 1A girls’ state basketball  title last February, was seeking its first state softball crown.
   Game 15, the final contest of the very competitive Class 4A division may have been the most competitive of the entire tourney. It featured four lead changes. However, it was Alabama Christian which struck last. Aniya Jackson’s two-run home run gave ACA the 8-7 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and Class 4A MVP Haley Pittman recorded three outs in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
    The blast by Jackson came minutes after Rogers had rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to take the lead. The Pirates scored three in the third and three more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. Heidi Garner put Rogers ahead with a two-run triple to right field. The Eagles wasted little time regaining the lead. The first batter reached on an error to bring Jackson to the plate for her game-winning blast.
    Monica Willingham and  Haley Ingram had two hits each and Pittman had a double and RBI.
    Rogers’ Garner had three hits and three RBIs, Savanna Henson had two hits and Karly Jones stroked a triple.
     Joining Pittman on the Class 4A All-State Tourney team were Hannah Price, Karly Jones and Gracie Rogers, all of Rogers, and Pittman’s ACA teammates Hayley Cassidy and Haley Ingram.


Game 14: Alabama Christian 10, Rogers 0 (5 innings)
    Alabama Christian scored all 10 runs over two innings to take control in the first game of the 4A tourney championship to force the ‘if” game. The Eagles recorded 12 hits in the mercy-rule win, highlighted by a three-run home run by Monica Willingham. Eagles teammate Jacqueline Costanza was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Haley Pittman was 2-for-4 at the plate and also recorded the shutout win in the pitching circle. She held the Pirates to two hits, both by Karly Jones.
   
Alabama Christian came out of the elimination bracket thanks to wins over Dale County (13-3), White Plains (10-0) and North Jackson (12-6) Saturday.


Game 12: Alabama Christian 10, White Plains 0 (5 innings)
   The Eagles scored 10 runs off 12 hits in just five innings of play. Eight of the nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit, including four players with two hits. Monica Willingham started the scoring with a grand slam homer in the first inning. The Eagles added two runs each in the top of the second, fourth and fifth frames. Haley Pittman struck out 10 to get the complete-game shutout.

Game 11: Rogers 1, North Jackson 0
    Hannah Price pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Rogers (28-18) into the 4A state tourney finals. The freshman allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in the win. The Pirates scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Gracie Rogers led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-double by Karly Jones. Pitcher Josie Thompson kept North Jackson in striking distance. The senior had four hits and four strikeouts.

Game 10: White Plains 10, Good Hope 5
   
White Plains took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning. Four more runs in the top of the seventh then put the game out of reach. Gracie Surrett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Emma Jones led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Lily Ponder also drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. Angelina Flanigan was a perfect 4-for-4 to pace Good Hope.


Game 9: Alabama Christian 4, Dale County 3 (9 innings)
    Hayley Cassidy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give Alabama Christian the walk-off win to keep the Eagles’ championship hopes alive. ACA held an early 2-0 lead after Haley Pittman hit a two-run shot in the first inning.  She was 3-for-4 for the game and also got the pitching win after 11 strikeouts.
    Monica Willingham also singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Eagles. Dale County scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Joanna Marshall singled and later scored on a passed ball. Gracie Suggs then tied the game with a two-run single.


Hewitt-Trussville Wins 7A State Softball Championship at Lagoon Park Saturday

                                            BY SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – Hewitt-Trussville lost its first game of the 2019 AHSAA Class 7A State Softball Championships Friday 2-0 to Fairhope, then posted six straight wins to come out of the elimination bracket and sweep Sparkman 7-4 and 8-4 for the school’s first state softball title in school history.
    Coach Taylor Burt’s Huskies (44-15-1) rebounded to beat Central-Phenix City 7-3, Spain Park 12-9 and Baker 12-11 on Friday and beat Auburn 4-3 in the elimination bracket finals to advance to the championship.
    Hewitt won 7-4 over Sparkman (39-12) in the first game to force the “if necessary” final game.
   Hewitt-Trussville outscored Sparkman 5-1 over the final three innings to claim the Class 7A state championship 8-4. Kenleigh Cahalan was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Huskies. Her two-out, RBI-double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Hewitt the lead for good. Crystal Maze also singled home a run in the inning.
    With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies broke the game open on Kailey Walters’ bases-clearing double. Sparkman added a run in the top of the seventh but could get no closer.
    Madeleine Katona also went 2-for-3 while Maze went 2-for-4 with an RBI to earn Class 7A State Tourney MVP honors. Lily Calvert and Stefanie Price each went 2-for-3 to lead Sparkman. Each pitcher gave up 11 hits in the championship game. Anah Hughes recorded the win in the circle for the Huskies and Calvert got the loss for the Senators of Coach Dale Palmer. His team have captured six state titles since 2006.

Game 14: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Sparkman 4
    Hewitt-Trussville took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning and held off a Sparkman rally to win 7-4 in the first game Saturday with the Senators. Sparkman scored three times in the bottom of the frame and had the tying run at the plate at the end of the game.
    Every batter in the Huskies lineup had at least one hit in the game. Kenleigh Cahalan drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing. Crystal Maze, Hannah Borden and Abigail Dorsett also added two hits each. For Sparkman, Madisyn Filz hit a three-run home run and T.J. Webster was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Joining Maze on the Class 7A All-State Tourney Team were Hewitt teammates Hannah Borden and Sparkman’s
T.J, Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz.

Game 13: Hewitt-Trussville 4, Auburn 3
   
After Auburn scored three times to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hewitt-Trussville plated a single run in the top of the seventh to get the win. Maddie Katona led off the frame with a walk and later scored on Kenleigh Cahalan’s RBI-double. It was the second hit of the game for Cahalan, who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Anyce Harvey added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Anah Hughes got the pitching win, striking out four in seven innings of work.


Hayden Claims 5A State Title at AHSAA 2019 Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

AHSAA 34th State Softball Championships Saturday

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for Saturday with state championships to be decided in Class 7A, 5A, 4A and 1A at Lagoon Park. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Hayden (45-5) was the first champion to be crowned – winning the Class 5A state title.
    Results from Saturday’s early session, including both championships, are below.

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Hayden 5, Rehobeth 0 (Hayden wins Class 5A state championship)
    Top-ranked Hayden (45-5) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the championship game Saturday before pulling away late. Lindsey Smith was 2-for-4 with a home run to earn Class 5A State Tourney MVP honors. Miah Simmons pitched a complete-game shutout for Coach John Simmons’ Wildcats.
   The Wildcats scored two in the second, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Hannah Cox also drove in two runs on a 1-for-3 showing. In the circle, Simmons scattered three hits over seven innings with a pair of strikeouts.
   Rehobeth finished its season 40-12.
    Joining Smith on the 5A All-State Tourney Team were: Issabelle Johnson and Hannah Cox of Hayden; Stephanie Schoonover, Sydney Pybus and Makayla Peters of Rehobeth.


Game 13: Rehobeth 14, John Carroll 7
    Rehobeth used a late run to avenge an opening-round loss to John Carroll to advance to the Class 5A finals.  The Rebels broke a 7-7 tie with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then used a six-run sixth to break the game open.
    Blake Gibson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Sydney Pybus homered in the first inning. Chasilyn Sawyers also had two hits for Rehobeth. For John Carroll also went 3-for-4 with a home run. Charlotte Phillips and Claire Boone also had two hits each for the Cavaliers.

CLASS 7A
Game 13: Hewitt-Trussville 4, Auburn 3
   
After Auburn scored three times to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hewitt-Trussville plated a single run in the top of the seventh to get the win. Maddie Katona led off the frame with a walk and later scored on Kenleigh Cahalan’s RBI-double. It was the second hit of the game for Cahalan, who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Anyce Harvey added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Anah Hughes got the pitching win, striking out four in seven innings of work.

CLASS 1A
Game 11: Mars Hill Bible 3, Spring Garden 1 (10 innings)
   
Hannah Henry’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Mars Hill the walk-off win to clinch a berth in the 1A championship game. After entering the frame in a 1-1 deadlock, the Panthers opened the inning with consecutive base runners on a hit and a Spring Garden error. Henry then homered to center. Riley Vaughn drove in the Panthers’ other run and also got the pitching win. She struck out 18 in 10 innings of work.

Game 9: Belgreen 8, Kinston 6
   
Belgreen used a five-run second inning to grab a big lead before holding off Kinston in the elimination bracket. The Bulldogs got four hits in the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Kinston trailed 8-4 heading into the last inning before playing two runs and leaving the tying run on base.
    Sydney Borden and Gracie Dempsey each went 3-for-4 at the plate while Katie Dempsey and Jaelyn Johnson added two hits each for Belgreen. Cadence Elmore led Kinston with a 3-for-3 showing.

CLASS 4A
Game 11: Rogers 1, North Jackson 0

    Hannah Price pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Rogers (28-18) into the 4A state tourney finals. The freshman allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in the win. The Pirates scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Gracie Rogers led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-double by Karly Jones. Pitcher Josie Thompson kept North Jackson in striking distance. The senior had four hits and four strikeouts.

Game 10: White Plains 10, Good Hope 5
   
White Plains took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning. Four more runs in the top of the seventh then put the game out of reach. Gracie Surrett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Emma Jones led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Lily Ponder also drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. Angelina Flanigan was a perfect 4-for-4 to pace Good Hope.


Game 9: Alabama Christian 4, Dale County 3 (9 innings)
    Hayley Cassidy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give Alabama Christian the walk-off win to keep the Eagles’ championship hopes alive. ACA held an early 2-0 lead after Haley Pittman hit a two-run shot in the first inning.  She was 3-for-4 for the game and also got the pitching win after 11 strikeouts.
    Monica Willingham also singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Eagles. Dale County scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Joanna Marshall singled and later scored on a passed ball. Gracie Suggs then tied the game with a two-run single.


Pisgah, Buckhorn Claim 3A & 6A State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park

AHSAA 34th State Softball Championships

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for the third day with Friday with state champions being crowned in Class 3A and Class 6A. Pisgah rolled through the 3A competition unbeaten while Buckhorn came out of the elimination bracket to beat Gardendale twice to claim the 6A state championship.
    Championships for Classes 1A, 4A, 5A and 7A will be crowned Saturday at Lagoon Park. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Results from Friday’s games, including both championships, are below.

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Pisgah 4, Wicksburg 1 (Pisgah wins Class 3A state championship)
    Pisgah (47-10) scored three runs in the first two innings and never let the Wicksburg offense get on track as the Eagles won eighth state softball championship in school history. Leigha Kirby had another solid showing in the circle to cap an MVP performance for the Eagles. The junior scattered six hits over seven innings to finish the tournament unbeaten. At the plate, five different players had one hit each for Pisgah, including Jaden Burgess, who drove in two runs. Wicksburg scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Theresa Reynolds.
   
Joining Kirby on the Class 3A All-State Tourney Team were Kaylee Vaught and Kennedy Barron of Pisgah and Wicksburg’s Rosie Robinson, Emily Boin and Ashton White.

 

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Games 14-15: Buckhorn 4-3, Gardendale 1-2
  Buckhorn (40-11) came out of the elimination bracket to beat Gardendale 4-1 to force the “if” game and Coach Al Rauls’ Lady Bucks won the championship with a 3-2 in the final game.
      An RBI-single by Hannah Carey in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jordan Evans from third base to give Buckhorn its third state title overall and second since 2017.
     It was the 10th hit of the game for Buckhorn. In the final, the two teams traded two spots earlier in the game. Carey and Kinley Adams each drove in runs to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Gardendale (48-7-2), coached by Barry Brake, answered in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run by Jaycee Dill. Alivia Wilken went the distance for Buckhorn in the circle. She struck out five batters.
   Buckhorn forced the ‘if necessary’ game by rallying late for the win.  Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bucks loaded the bases before Hannah Carey connected on a pinch-hit grand slam to left field. Alivia Wilken got the pitching win after scattering five hits and striking out six batters. Gardendale’s lone run came in the top of the fifth on an RBI-single by Kailey Vaughn.
     
Buckhorn’s Morgan Nowakowski earned MVP honors in the Class 6A State Tourney. Joining her on  the 6A All-State Tourney Team were Hannah Carey and Alivia Wilken of Buckhorn;

Carlee McCondichie and Kailey Vaughn of Gardendale.

Game 13: Buckhorn 5, Brookwood 3
   Buckhorn slowly chipped away at a 3-0 deficit, taking its first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brookwood loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame but could not score. Morgan Nowakowski was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Bucks, who advanced to face Gardendale in the Class 6A state finals at Lagoon Park Friday. That game was scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    Kinley Adams and Hannah Carey added two hits each. Kaylee Hawkins recorded the pitching victory.

CLASS 3A

Game 13: Wicksburg 3, Prattville Christian 0
   Wicksburg’s Emily Robinson pitched a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts to get the win for the Panthers. Wicksburg advanced to today’s finals to face Pisgah at 1:15 p.m.
    A single run in the top first inning and two in the fifth was all the offense the Panthers would need. Robinson and Ashton White each went 2-for-3 at the plate and Morgan Roden had a two-run single in the fifth inning.

CLASS 7A

Game 11: Sparkman 11, Auburn 1 (6 innings)
   
Sparkman (39-10) scored in the top of every inning but the second in the mercy-rule win to advance to the Class 7A state finals. Lily Calvert got the win in the circle after scattering two hits with four strikeouts. Auburn’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth and was unearned. At the plate, Calvert was also 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. T.J. Webster was 3-for-4 while Madison Filz was 2-for-3 with a trio of RBI.

Game 10: Baker 10, Fairhope 6
   Baker trailed 6-1 after two innings before closing the game with nine straight runs to eliminate top-ranked Fairhope. After tying the game with a five-run fourth inning, the Honeybees scored two runs each in the top of the fifth and sixth frames. Bailey Murphy and Jillian Robinson each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Robinson finished with five RBIs after getting a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the fourth. Brianna Latner recorded the pitching victory.

Game 9: Hewitt-Trussville 12, Spain Park 9
Hewitt-Trussville won the shootout in the elimination bracket that featured 21 runs off 23 hits. The Huskies raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first four innings before the Jaguars used an eight-run in the fifth to cut into the deficit. Hewitt answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and Spain Park could only plate one more run the rest of the way. Crystal Maze homered and finished the game 2-for-2 with four RBI for Hewitt-Trussville. Riley Tyree and Hannah Dorsett added two hits each. Caroline Kendrick led Spain Park with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

Game 8: Sparkman 2, Fairhope 0 (9 innings)
    Sparkman (38-10) scored twice in the top of the ninth inning and Fairhope (41-4) had runners at second and third when the game ended in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Sparkman pitcher Lily Calvert recorded a fly out and the runner at third was called out for leaving early to end the game. A two-run single by Tatiasha Webster provided the winning runs for the Senators. The hit scored Kayla Sanchez, who singled and Emma Bailey, who reached on an error.

Game 7: Auburn 5, Spain Park 4
    
Auburn took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning and held the Jaguars to a single run in the bottom of the frame to get the winner’s bracket win. Hannah Pitts came on in relief to get the pitching win. Spain Park had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. Jada Askew also had two hits for Auburn. Maddie Majors drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Spain Park.

Game 6: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Central-Phenix City 2
    Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Abigail Dorsett was 2-for-4 with a single and a double to lead the way. Hayden Neugent recorded the pitching victory with seven strikeouts.
     Madison Hurt stroked a single and double to lead Central-Phenix City.


Game 5: Baker 9, Bob Jones 6
     Bob Jones took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Baker outscored the Patriots 9-3 the rest of the way to get the elimination bracket win. Emily Mizelle was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Jillian Robinson and Lauren Lindsay added two hits each. Caitlin McRee scattered 12 hits to get the pitching win.
      For Bob Jones, Alexa Douthitt was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Erin Chambliss drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.

CLASS 5A

Game 12: Rehobeth 3, Mortimer Jordan 0
    After pitching a no-hitter against Mortimer Jordan in the opening round, Stephanie Schoonover tossed another shutout to eliminate the Blue Devils. The junior struck out seven in seven innings as the Rebels stayed alive. At the plate, Sydney Pybus hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The shot scored Makayla Peters, who also singled and scored in the bottom of the third inning. Peters was 2-for-3 in the game.

Game 11: Hayden 13, John Carroll 3 (6 innings)
    Top-ranked Hayden (44-5) scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the Wildcats clinched a berth in the finals. Lindsey Smith started the scoring with a two-run home run. She added another three-run shot in the fifth inning. Savannah Woodard was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the Wildcats collected 12 hits, including five that went for extra bases.

Game 7: John Carroll Catholic 3, Rehobeth 2
    John Carroll scored all three runs in the first two innings, then held off Rehobeth for the winner’s bracket win. Alyssa Barnes singled and scored on an RBI-single by Claire Boone in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Rehobeth miscues to add two more runs i­­­n the second inning. Winning pitcher Macey Ogle finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Stephanie Schoonover doubled and scored in the first inning for Rehobeth. She was 2-for-4 at the plate.


Game 10: Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
    Madison Maze pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Mortimer Jordan. A two-run fourth inning with single runs in the top of the second, sixth and seventh frames would be enough offense for the Blue Devils. Maia Townsend was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Danilyn Moore and Anna Purvis added two hits each.

CLASS 4A

Game 8: North Jackson 5, White Plains 0
  
Josie Thompson recorded the complete-game shutout for North Jackson (34-9-1), allowing four hits and striking out five. After getting single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, the Chiefs plated three runs in the fourth inning to take control. Jakhla Hutchins led off the second inning with a solo home run and Charley Smith went 2-for-3 with an RBIs as North Jackson remained unbeaten after two rounds.

Game 7: Rogers 2, Alabama Christian 1
   Rogers (27-1) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on to knock off top-ranked Alabama Christian 2-1 in the second round of the winner’s bracket. Hannah Price took a shutout into the top of the seventh inning when the Eagles used three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. After a sacrifice fly by Haley Ingram scored a run, Price got a ground ball and a fly out to end the game. Rogers took the lead in the fifth on a leadoff single by Kennedi Clark and a two-run home run by Gracie Rogers.

Game 5: Good Hope 5, American Christian 0
   
Sindie English
pitched a five-hit shutout to pace Good Hope. The Raiders took the lead for good in the top of the third inning with a two-run double by Bailey Swann and an RBI-single by English. In the fifth inning, English drove in her second run with a single to center field. A sacrifice fly  by Angelina Flanigan wrapped up the scoring. Skylar Tucker was 3-for-3 for the Raiders.

Game 4: White Plains 9, Dale County 6
    Entering the fourth inning trailing 4-1, White Plains scored seven runs to take the lead for good. Emma Jones and Jordan Hinton each went 3-for-4 at the plate as the Wildcats collected 12 hits. Hinton also drove in three runs while Hannah Fortenberry pitched all seven innings to get the win in the circle.

 
Game 3: North Jackson 11, Holtville 1 (6 innings)
    North Jackson got the mercy-rule win with 11 runs off nine hits. The Chiefs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and six in the fourth. The game ended after North Jackson loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and Makenzie Bennett’s hit scored Makenna Jones from third. Josie Thompson got the pitching win, allowing a run off five hits with seven strikeouts.

Game 2: Rogers 6, American Christian 4
   
A three-run third inning proved to be the difference in the game for Rogers. Kennedi Clark was 2-for-3 with a double while Hannah Price struck out eight batters in seven innings of work in the circle. ACA plated runs in the bottom of the third, fifth and sixth innings to cut into the lead. The Pirates, however, answered each time to maintain the lead. Katherine Grill was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead American Christian.

Game 1: Alabama Christian 7, Good Hope 2
     Haley Pittman was 3-for-3 with an RBI and also stuck out 13 batters to get the pitching win for ACA. Hayley Cassidy also homered twice and drove in four runs for the Eagles, who out-scored Good Hope 6-1 after the third inning.

CLASS 1A

Game 8: Mars Hill Bible 5, Brantley 0
   
Riley Vaughn struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout and Erika Mitchell hit two home runs as Mars Hill knocked off Class 1A’s top-ranked Bulldogs (39-11) in winner’s bracket play. Vaughn, a freshman, allowed only four hits and added an RBI-single for the Panthers.
     Mitchell gave Mars Hill the early lead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. In the fourth inning, Vaughn and Abbey Steadman each singled and scored. A leadoff single by Kylie Thigpen, followed by Mitchell’s second homer in the fifth inning extended the lead to 5-0. Mitchell finished 3-for-4 at the plate while Steadman and Vaughn added two hits each.

 Game 7: Spring Garden 6, Kinston 4
 
   Kylie Grace Wood hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep Spring Garden (31-9) undefeated in the tournament. Kinston held a 4-0 lead after scoring three times in the top of the second and once in the third. The Panthers, however, scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning before back-to-back doubles by Payton McGinnis and A.J. Broome in the bottom of the fourth tied the game. McGinnis and Charley Grissom each had two hits for Spring Garden. Five different Kinston players had one hit each.

Game 6: Belgreen 10, Verbena 1 (5 innings)
    Emma Dempsey pitched a two-hit shutout in the elimination bracket while the Belgreen offense exploded for 10 runs in five innings during the mercy-rule victory. The Bulldogs collected 12 hits and walked off the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gracie Dempsey was 3-for-3 with a trio of singles and a run scored. Sydney Borden and Jaelyn Johnson also had two hits each for Belgreen.

Game 5: Appalachian 4, Holy Spirit 3
    Appalachian scored all four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Eagles scored on an error before Jordan Henderson connected on a three-run home run. Holy Spirit plated single runs in the bottom of the third, sixth and seventh innings.
     In the seventh, back-to-back doubles pulled the Saints to within a single run before a play at the plate ended the game. Zoe Payne had two hits to pace Appalachian while Elise Maddox recorded the win in the circle. Holy Spirit had eight hits, including Olivia Watkins’ 3-for-4 effort.
Game 4: Brantley 1, Belgreen 0
    Brantley scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning and Lauren Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout to get the first-round victory. Hudson struck out eight and allowed only two hits. She out-dueled Belgreen ace Emma Dempsey, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.
      Brantley scored the lone run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Emory Bush singled and later stole second a third base before scoring on an error.


Game 3: Mars Hill Bible 13, Verbena 0 (5 innings)
     Mars Hill scored 13 runs off 11 hits in the mercy-rule win. Five different players had multiple hits in the game, including Hannah Henry, who doubled in the first inning and homered in the fourth. The Panthers also hit four doubles and took advantage of three Verbena errors in the game. Emma Pettus took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Verbena recorded two hits.

Game 2: Spring Garden 6, Holy Spirit Catholic 2
   
Holy Spirit held a 10-8 advantage in hits but stranded eight runners. Payton McGinnis was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead Spring Garden (30-9). Allie Broome drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 showing. Lillian Laubenthal and Olivia Watkins had two hits each to pace Holy Spirit (19-11).

Game 1: Kinston 7, Appalachian 4 (9 innings)
     
Kinston (25-15) scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held off Appalachian (24-8-1) in the bottom of the frame to get the win. Three straight singles and a throwing error broke a 4-4 tie as the Bulldogs remained in the winner’s bracket. Kinston had led a 4-0 lead slip away after Appalachian scored four straight, including the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Victoria Peters drove in three runs on a 2-for-2 showing. She had a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Abbigail Johnson struck out 12 to get the pitching victory.


Class 3A and 6A State Softball Finals Set for 1:15 p.m. Today at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for the third day with Friday. Morning session results are below.  Championships for Classes 3A and 6A are scheduled for 1:15 p.m. today.
    All Championship games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Today’s early game results are listed below and will updated at various intervals at www.ahsaa.com.
CLASS 6A

Game 13: Buckhorn 5, Brookwood 3
   Buckhorn slowly chipped away at a 3-0 deficit, taking its first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brookwood loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame but could not score. Morgan Nowakowski was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Bucks, who advanced to face Gardendale in the Class 6A state finals at Lagoon Park Friday. That game was scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    Kinley Adams and Hannah Carey added two hits each. Kaylee Hawkins recorded the pitching victory.

CLASS 3A

Game 13: Wicksburg 3, Prattville Christian 0
   Wicksburg’s Emily Robinson pitched a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts to get the win for the Panthers. Wicksburg advanced to today’s finals to face Pisgah at 1:15 p.m.
    A single run in the top first inning and two in the fifth was all the offense the Panthers would need. Robinson and Ashton White each went 2-for-3 at the plate and Morgan Roden had a two-run single in the fifth inning.

CLASS 7A

Game 6: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Central-Phenix City 2
    Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Abigail Dorsett was 2-for-4 with a single and a double to lead the way. Hayden Neugent recorded the pitching victory with seven strikeouts.
     Madison Hurt stroked a single and double to lead Central-Phenix City.


Game 7: Auburn 5, Spain Park 4
    
Auburn took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning and held the Jaguars to a single run in the bottom of the frame to get the winner’s bracket win. Hannah Pitts came on in relief to get the pitching win. Spain Park had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. Jada Askew also had two hits for Auburn. Maddie Majors drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Spain Park.

Game 5: Baker 9, Bob Jones 6
     Bob Jones took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Baker outscored the Patriots 9-3 the rest of the way to get the elimination bracket win. Emily Mizelle was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Jillian Robinson and Lauren Lindsay added two hits each. Caitlin McRee scattered 12 hits to get the pitching win.
      For Bob Jones, Alexa Douthitt was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Erin Chambliss drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.

CLASS 5A

Game 7: John Carroll Catholic 3, Rehobeth 2
    John Carroll scored all three runs in the first two innings, then held off Rehobeth for the winner’s bracket win. Alyssa Barnes singled and scored on an RBI-single by Claire Boone in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Rehobeth miscues to add two more runs i­­­n the second inning. Winning pitcher Macey Ogle finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Stephanie Schoonover doubled and scored in the first inning for Rehobeth. She was 2-for-4 at the plate.


Game 10: Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
    Madison Maze pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Mortimer Jordan. A two-run fourth inning with single runs in the top of the second, sixth and seventh frames would be enough offense for the Blue Devils. Maia Townsend was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Danilyn Moore and Anna Purvis added two hits each.

CLASS 1A

Game 4: Brantley 1, Belgreen 0
    Brantley scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning and Lauren Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout to get the first-round victory. Hudson struck out eight and allowed only two hits. She out-dueled Belgreen ace Emma Dempsey, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.
      Brantley scored the lone run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Emory Bush singled and later stole second a third base before scoring on an error.


Game 3: Mars Hill Bible 13, Verbena 0 (5 innings)
     Mars Hill scored 13 runs off 11 hits in the mercy-rule win. Five different players had multiple hits in the game, including Hannah Henry, who doubled in the first inning and homered in the fourth. The Panthers also hit four doubles and took advantage of three Verbena errors in the game. Emma Pettus took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Verbena recorded two hits.

 


Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: Springville 12, Briarwood Christian 9

    MONTGOMERY – Springville’s Tigers posted nine runs in the top of the third inning to take control of game 2 of the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Friday, but then had to hold on at the end as Briarwood Christia­­­n scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Tigers won 12-9 to send the series into the deciding game early Friday afternoon.
     Coach Jonathan Ford’s Tigers (33-7) built a 12-4 lead heading into the bottom of seventh chiefly on a third-inning outburst that accumulated nine runs on seven hits and four hit-by-pitches. Designated hitter Ivan Cornelius drove in two runs with a double, and Braden Hughes plated three with a triple.
     The Lions (20-15) mounted an impressive rally in the seventh, scoring five runs on five hits before Chase Isbell came in to get the final two outs via strikeouts thanks to his 92-mile-per-hour fastball to get the save. Reliever Clayton Tittle pitched 2 2/3 inning of middle relief to get the win. Briarwood’s big hit of the inning was a two-RBI single by Carson McKinney
    
Springville had 12 hits with Hughes collecting a triple and single for three RBIs. Cornelius added two hits and three RBIs and Brandon Daniels and Max Harrison each had one hit and two RBIs.
     Bryce Perrien and McKinney finished with two hits and two RBIs for Briarwood.
     The Class 6A series between Cullman and Chelsea resumes game 1 in the today at 4 p.m., at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 to follow.
      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 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., and game 3, if needed, will follow.

                   

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: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (33-7) 12, Briarwood Christian (20-15) 9, (Game 3, Friday afternoon)
Class 6A: 
Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13),  will resume Game 1 Friday at 4 p.m. (Game 2 will follow immediately (Game 3, if needed, will be Saturday, TBA)
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)


G.W. Long Wins 2A State Softball Title; Weather Causes Schedule Changes for 3A & 6A Finals

By SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long High School emerged from weather interruption Thursday night to post a 3-0 victory over Hatton (44-16) in the Class 2A State softball finals for the Lady Rebels’ second state championship in a row.  The championship for Coach Nikki Long’s team was the only one decided Thursday as the second day of the 34th annual AHSAA State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park got underway  Thursday at Lagoon Park.
   Olivia “Libby” Baker pitched a complete-game shutout and added a home run to cap an MVP performance for top-ranked G.W. Long. The Rebels (56-3) completed a perfect run through the Class 2A tournament to win their second straight state championship.
    G.W. Long opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run by Emmaline Hughes. In the bottom of the fourth, Baker hit her 38th homer of the season to extend the national record she set Wednesday. The Rebels wrapped up the scoring in the sixth inning. After Baker drew a walk, she scored on an RBI-double by Makenna Long. Baker allowed just one hit and struck out 13, including all three batters in the top of the seventh, to clinch the win.
    Joining Baker on the Class 2A All-Tourney Team were: Savannah Wood, G.W. Long; Makenna Long, G.W. Long; Emma Latham, Hatton; Brayden Mitchell, Hatton; Ashley Berryman, Hatton.
     The late other games, including championships in 3A and 6A, were delayed due to weather and were re-scheduled for Friday.
     The 3A and 6A finals have been moved to Friday at 1:15 p.m., with Pisgah (46-10), in the 3A finals, awaiting the outcome of the Wicksburg (46-14) vs. Prattville Christian (45-8-1) elimination bracket finals re-scheduled for 8 a.m...
   The Class 6A finals have also been re-scheduled for Friday at 1:15 p.m. with Gardendale (48-6-2), which 3-0 in the winner’s bracket to reach the finals, facing the winner of the Buckhorn-Brookwood elimination bracket final.
    Other classification schedule adjustments can be found on the updated brackets at
www.ahsaa.com.
    Results reported from Thursday’s completed games included:

CLASS 6A
Game 12: Brookwood 4, Spanish Fort 2 (11 innings)
   Back-to-back doubles by Brookwood’s Faith Owens and Bailee Butler broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning. Butler also scored on an RBI-single by Hope Owens and the Panthers (38-12) held on for the win.
    Kamryn Murdock scattered six hits over 11 innings to get the pitching victory. She outlasted Spanish Fort ace Ainsley Lambert, who struck out 17 for the game. Brookwood was scheduled to play Buckhorn in the elimination bracket finals Thursday night with the winner advancing  to face Gardendale.

Game 11: Gardendale 3, Buckhorn 1
   
Gardendale (48-6-2) scored twice in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Riley Phillips started the two-out rally with a single. She later scored on an RBI-single by Abbie Waters. Carlee McCondichie singled home the next run to give the Rockets the 3-1 lead.
   Kaitlyn Clark got the pitching win after working the first four innings. Haley Horton pitched the final three to get the save. Phillips and McCondichie had two hits each for Gardendale.
   Morgan Nowakowski was 2-for-3 to lead Buckhorn (37-11).

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 13: Hatton 9, Collinsville 1
   Collinsville took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning before Hatton scored nine unanswered runs to advance to the championship to face G.W. Long. Ashley Berryman started the rally versus Collinsville (34-17-1) with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.
    The Hornets (44-16) added three more runs in the frame, including an RBI-triple by Emma Latham. Berryman and Cloey Lovelady each homered in the sixth to wrap up the scoring. Berryman recorded the pitching victory.


Game 12: Hatton 11, Sand Rock 3
   
Hatton scored 11 runs off 15 hits to stay alive in the elimination bracket. 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. Ella Grace 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 (41-6) 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 (38-16).

Game 2: Auburn 5, Bob Jones 2
   Auburn (21-16) 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, Jaye Ellen Davis and Daleya Scaife also added two hits each.
     Alexa Douthitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Bob Jones (34-11).


Game 3: Sparkman 10, Central-Phenix City 4
    Sparkman (37-10) 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 errors by Central (34-18). 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 (41-3) scored 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 (38-15-1) 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 (37-11). 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 Catholic 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 (26-6) 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 (42-5) 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 (42-11) was led by Sydney Sizemore’s 3-for-3 showing at the plate.

Game 8: Hayden 10, Ardmore 6
    Trailing 5-4 entering the top of the fourth inning, Hayden (43-5) outscored Ardmore 6-2 the rest of the way to get the win. The Wildcats notched 11 hits, including four home runs. Lindsey Smith was 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a solo homer. She drove in three runs. Katelyn Belding, Isabelle Johnson and Taylor Yeager added two hits each. Hannah Cox picked up the pitching victory. Madelyn Hodges drove in three runs for Ardmore (26-7) with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate.


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.