Friday, February 21, 2020






Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Game 3: McGill-Toolen Catholic 7, Bob Jones 6 (McGill-Toolen Catholic wins 7A state title)

    MONTGOMERY – The final game of the AHSAA  2019 Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series finished just like the first two games. The last out, though hard to come by, sealed the victory  as McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) won its first state baseball title escaping with a 7-6 win over Bob Jones (42-10).
    The last out was actually a double play but if not for a few inches, it could have tied the game and could have left the Patriots in great position to win.  The two teams swapped blows in the first two days of the series with Coach Tim Becker’s Jackets thwarting a last-inning rally on Friday night at Paterson Field to win 8-6 in game one. In the first game Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium, the Patriots of Coach Jared Smith staved off a last-ditch effort by McGill-Toolen to win 11-7.
    Last outs, said Becker, were very hard to come by.
     In the final game Saturday, McGill-Toolen scored three runs in the top of the fifth and two in the sixth and Bob Jones scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to trail by one heading into the bottom of the seventh.  Mitchell Daly opened the inning by drilling Jackets a fastball by reliever Nathan Larue to second base which Tyler Jones hauled in for the first out. Dylan Ray followed with a sharp single to right, and John Riley singled though the left side to put runners on first and second. Colten Carver, who ripped a towering home run over the left-field fence and screen for a two-run homer in the sixth, slammed a screaming line drive up the middle that LaRue blocked with his glove. The ball bounced up and back into his clutches for the second out and the Auburn University baseball signee quickly fired to first baseman Chandler Best to double up Riley for the third out.
    The defensive play of the game turned out to be the defensive play of the series and of the season for the state champion Yellow Jackets.
     LaRue hit a similar shot in the top of the sixth inning about 30 feet off the ground all the way to the base of the center-field wall at the 400-foot mark for a double to plate two runs to turn a 5-4 lead into a three-run margin. It was is only hit of the series. He did walk four times and was hit by a pitch on another at bat. Those two runs were even bigger after Carver’s homer in the bottom of the inning.
    That was how this classic series of two powerful teams evolved. One team would strike and the other would answer. 
    McGill-Toolen finished with eight hits and scored only three earned runs in the finale. Cam Hill started for Bob Jones and went four innings. Andrew Wright opened the fourth and got one out before giving up two unearned runs to get the loss. Reliever Sam Maynard, who got the win in game pitching the final  five innings in relief, pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in game three scattering three hits, allowing two unearned runs and striking out one.
    McGill-Toolen used four pitchers with Matthew Glover hurling 2 2/3 innings to get the win. LaRue pitched the final inning to get the save.
     McGill-Toolen’s Spencer Hadley had two hits and an RBI in game three and one hit and two RBIs in game two to earn Class 7A Championship Series MVP.  Jacob Huff slugged a triple and single to score two runs and Glover had a single and an RBI.
    Slate Alford also homered for Bob Jones in the second inning, a blast that hit the train passing by just beyond the left-field wall. Carver finished the homer and three RBIs in game three and was 4-for- with seven RBIs in the series. He also walked four times and was hit by a pitch.
    Mitchell Daly had a double and single and an RBI. Ray and Stewart Edge had two hits in game three. Bob Jones had 29 hits in the two games Saturday and finished the series with 38. McGill-Toolen had 25.
    The Patriots reached also reached the finals in 2001, the first year of the State Baseball Championship Series being held in Montgomery. McGill-Toolen was in its first state baseball final. This year marked the 19th year of the current championship format in the Capitol City.
    The Class 7A series closed out the 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships. 

Game 2: Bob Jones 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7
   Bob Jones High School slugged 17 hits to out-score McGill-Toolen Catholic 11-7 in  game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium to even the series at 1-1 Saturday.
    Game three was to get underway at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  The NFHS Network is live-streaming the Class 7A series over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
      McGill-Toolen won game one 8-6 but the contest ended with the Patriots (42-9) scoring three runs in the final inning. The bats of Coach Jared Smith’s lineup picked Saturday where they left off Friday night. Bob Jones scored five runs in the first two innings. However, McGill-Toolen’s lineup also came out hitting and held a 6-5 lead after three innings.  Reliever Sam Maynard stepped in to pitch five solid innings in relief allowing only two hits and one run the rest of the way to get the win.
     The only hit he allowed was a towering home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to McGill center fielder Michael Ellis. By then, the Patriots had posted 11 runs. Ellis also socked a double for Coach Tim Becker’s Jackets.
     Junior Cam Hill had four hits, including a double, and drove in a run to pace the 17-hit attack for Bob Jones. Right fielder Colton Carver had two hits and four RBIs, Slate Alford had three hits and John Michael Riley had two hits, two sacrifice flies and two RBIs.
   Ellis and Vinny Martino each had two hits for McGill-Toolen (31-8). Both Matthew Glover and Spencer Hadley had a single and two RBIs.
     The Class 7A series closes out the 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships. 


at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to

Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

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

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

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)
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

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)
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.

Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (30-13) 1-9, Chelsea (26-15) 0 (Cullman (29-13) wins Class 6A state title)
Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7) 8, Bob Jones (41-9) 6

Class 7A
Game 2:
Bob Jones (42-9) 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-8) 7
Game 3: McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) 7, Bob Jones (42-10) 6 (McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) wins Class 7A state title)

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