Thursday, February 20, 2020






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

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

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

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

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