Friday, February 28, 2020






Westbrook Pitching Ace Samuel Dutton Takes “Perfect” Game to another Level

    MONTGOMERY – Westbrook Christian senior pitcher Samuel Dutton took his bid for a perfect game to another level last week. The senior and Warriors’ ace hurler faced the minimum 15 batters in Westbrook’s five-inning 12-0 high school baseball win. He struck out the first 14 batters he faced and finished his perfect game by getting Gaston’s William Humphrey to ground out on a 0-2 pitch to third.
    For his efforts, Dutton, an LSU commit, grabbed the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight this week.
    The pitcher explained his simple but effective pitching philosophy to sportswriter Chris McCarthy of the Gadsden Messenger as concentrating on just one batter at a time as he worked his way through the Gaston lineup.
“I just try to stay focused while I am on the mound,” he said. “I try to do daily what I need to do. It’s been a good season so far.” 
Westbrook, coached by Matt Kennedy, took control of the game with five runs in the top of the first inning. Greyson Robinson ripped a bases-loaded double to give Dutton all the run support he would need.
“Samuel Dutton is going compete,” said Kennedy. “He works hard and gets the job done. It’s a joy to watch him pitch and I’m proud of the way our team responds when he’s out there.” The pitcher helped his own cause with a double and two runs scored.
    In other baseball highlights reported from the last two weeks:

JACOB DAVIS, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out 16 as Spanish Fort downed Daphne 2-0.
Tossed a no-hitter striking out 12 to beat Boonville (MO) 10-0, and teammate Jackson Kimbrel struck out 13 in a 6-1 win over Austin.
JACKSON REECE, JAMES CLEMENS: Pitched a six-inning 11-1 win over Auburn striking out 12.
ISAAC EVANS, ATHENS: Hurled a six-inning no-hitter over DAR striking out eight to get the win.
KONNER COPELAND, SARALAND: Pitched a five-inning two-hit shutout and struck out 13 as the Spartans downed Alma Bryant 10-0.
COLT SMITH, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled a one-hit, six-inning shutout with nine strikeouts to beat Shoals Christian 10-0. Panthers’ slugger Collin Huntley collected a single, double and triple to drive in two runs for Mars Hill.
DANIEL JAMES, GRISSOM: Struck out 14 and allowed just one earned run in the Tigers’ 7-2 win over Ooltewah (TN). He yielded three hits.
BLAISE DYKES, SLOCOMB: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter as the Red Tops blanked Kinston 14-0 in the Geneva County tourney. He struck out seven and walked two.


PHILLIP EDWARDS, PARKER: Went on a hitting spree to lead the Thundering Herd to the 11th annual Cap Brown Southwest Hit-A-Way Tourney title. He was 14-of-15 with nine RBIs and also notched one win on the mound.
DYLAN RAY, BOB JONES: The Patriots’ slugger clubbed a two-out, two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to climax a five-run rally in the come-from-behind 11-9 win over McGill-Toolen Catholic. Colten Carver, Caden Rose and Cam Hill each had doubles in the inning to set up the game-winning two-bagger by Ray.
NATE OWENS, PHIL CAMPBELL: The winning pitcher struck out six in a five-inning 14-3 win over East Lawrence and slugged a two-run homer as Phil Campbell saw nine different players collect an extra-base hit in the win. Luke Barnwell, Cole Motes and Trey Leindecker tripled; Austen Baker, Rilan Garrison, Ridge Raper, Brett Saint and Mason Swinney each doubled. Barnwell, Owens, Motes and Baker each had two RBIs. Owens followed with a home run, double, single and five RBIs in a 20-6 win over Winston County.
HUELL LUMPKIN, BENJAMIN RUSSELL: Socked a run-scoring double for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and teammate Wilson Hays followed with a two-run triple as the Wildcats downed Auburn 6-4. The Tigers took an early 3-0 lead before the Wildcats battled back to tie the game in the seventh inning 3-3 thanks to two hit-by-pitches and a sacrifice fly by Cade Brooks.
Had two homers and three RBIs as the defending Class 2A state champs beat Clay-Chalkville 7-3 at the Gulf Coast Classic.
NICK FREEMAN, THOMPSON: Had a big week with nine hits in 12 at bats as the Warriors beat Spain Park three times. He scored five runs and had two RBIs.
PEYTON WILSON, HOOVER: Had two home runs, a triple and eight RBIs for the week for the Bucs. He also stole four bases.
ETHAN HEARN, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Slammed two homers in a 7-5 loss to Class 7A Fairhope.
ALEX WADE, MADISON ACADEMY: Was 4-for-5 with a triple, double and two RBIs as the Mustangs downed Claremore (OK) 14-5.
LANE LAWSON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN: Was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs in a 16-0 win over Vine. Covenant collected six doubles in the win.
ZAC THOMPSON, GRISSOM: Delivered s game-winning RBI double as Grissom beat Franklin County (TN) 5-4. He followed with a homer and double and two RBIs in a 7-2 win over Ootewah (TN).
DANIEL SWATEK, HOOVER: Had three doubles, five RBIs and batted .471 for the week.
MATTHEW NICHOLAS, COTTAGE HILL CHRISTIAN: Slugged two doubles and drove in three runs as Cottage Hill beat Washington County 15-4 for their ninth win in the last 10 games. The Warriors started the season 0-5.
D.J. LAW, REHOBETH: Collected four hits, including a double, and drove in two runs as the Rebels downed Geneva County 13-1.
DON WILLIAMS, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had three hits, including a triple and two RBIs, to spark the Raiders to a 10-9 win over Headland. HA also won the first game of the doubleheader 8-7 – taking both wins with final at-bat rallies. The Raiders trailed 9-4 in the final game going into the seventh inning but scored six runs to take the win.
REECE SOLAR, ALABAMA CHRISTIAN: Stole four bases, scores three runs and had an RBI as ACA downed Prattville Christian 13-6.

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