Monday, January 27, 2020






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

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
    Results reported from Thursday’s completed games included:

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).

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.

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.

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.


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.

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