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CLASS 6A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Game 1: Cullman 9 Helena 1

     MONTGOMERY –  Cullman High School downed Helena 9-1 in a lightning-delayed first game of the AHSAA Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Thursday night at Paterson Field to take a 1-0 advantage into game two of the best 2-of-3 series that resumes Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 10 a.m.
    All games in the AHSAA State Baseball Championships are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
    Coach Brent Paterson’s Bearcats (38-7) scored five runs in the first two innings to build a 5-1 lead. The lead stretched to 6-1 before a lightning delay stopped the game for more than an hour.
    Cullman added two more runs once play resumed and coasted to the triumph – collecting 10 hits and taking advantage of eight Helena errors.
     Winning pitcher Jacob Heatherly (10-1)  pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing only two hits and one unearned run. Michael Myers got the final two outs for the Bearcats. Riley Davis (7-1) got the loss. There no strikeouts registered by either team .  Senior center fielder Owen Lovell slugged a double and plated two runs for Cullman. Caleb Lipsey had three hits and scored twice, Trent Price had two hits and an RBI and lead-off hitter Noah Fondren had a single and scored two runs.
Nash Adams had a double and Davis had a single for Coach P.J. Guy’s Huskies.
    Hoover and Auburn will start the Class 7A Championship Series Friday night with a single game at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The two teams will close out State Baseball Championship Series Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium beginning at 10 a.m.


CLASS 6A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Hazel Green 4, Daphne 2

     MONTGOMERY – Hazel Green rolled through the winner’s bracket undefeated at 3-0, then rebounded from a 4-0 setback to Daphne to win the AHSAA Class 6A state softball championship 4-2 in the finals Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
     Daphne, 5-2 in the state tourney, rebounded from a loss to Gardendale in the second round to win four straight games – including the win over the Lady Trojans that forced the “if” game.
     Winning pitcher McKenzie Newcomb allowed nine hits but only two runs to lift Hazel Green to title. She also was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Hannah Hayes also had three hits while Maddie Cartron had a double and single to drive in one run.  Kelsey McPeters and Audrey Lewis added two hits each.
   Four players had two hits for Daphne – M.C. Sweatt, McKenna Pierce, Karsen Pierce and Jessica Stevens. McKenna and Karsen Pierce each had a double.
   The state tourney continues Friday and Saturday at Lagoon Park with all championship games set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Class 6A All-State Tournament Team
McKenzie Newcomb, Hazel Green (MOP); Hannah Haze, Hazel Green;  Catherine Crabb, Hazel Green; Aubrey Lewis, Hazel Green; MaKenna Pierce, Daphne; Kennedy Cronan, Daphne; Lauren Ledbetter, Daphne.

CLASS 2A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Hatton 11, GW Long 1

     MONTGOMERY – Winning pitcher Ashley Berryman hurled a four-hitter and struck out three in the AHSAA Class 2A state tourney championship game to lead Hatton to a five-inning 11-1 win and the state title at Lagoon Park Thursday.
    Berryman, who earned Class 2A state tourney Most Outstanding Player honors, also collected two doubles at the plate for the Hornets.  Bailey Dawson supplied the big power, however, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and five RBIs. She had a home run and double.  Emma Latham also had three hits with double, RBI and three runs scored, and Laney Jeffreys  had a double, single and two RBIs.
    G.W. Long’s Abbykate Chancey got the pitching  loss. She socked s triple to lead the Lady Rebels offensively.
     Hatton beat New Brockton 6-1, G.W. Lonh 5-1 and Horseshoe Bend 8-2 to reach the final game unbeaten.
Class 2A All-State Tourney Team
Ashley Berryman, Hatton (MOP); Katelyn Williams, Hatton; Emma Latham, Hatton; Mallory Lane, Hatton; Olivia Baker, G.W. Long; Morgan Long, G.W. Lon; Jordan Childers, G.W. Long.

CLASS 3A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Pisgah 5, Slocomb 3 (9 innings)

     MONTGOMERY – Pisgah beat Slocomb 5-3 scoring two runs in the top of the 9th inning of the AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament finals at Lagoon Park Thursday to claim the school’s ninth state title overall and its first since 2013.
    Winning pitcher Kennedy Barron, the Class 3A tourney Most Outstanding Player, went the distance to get the win. She allowed six hits and struck out five.  Losing pitcher Amy Woodham also hurled a complete game allowing seven hits and striking out seven.
      The Red Tops took a 3-2 lead after one inning, but Pisgah tied it up in the top of the second. The teams  were scoreless over the next six innings before the Eagles settled it in the ninth.
     Macy Anderson had a triple and two RBIs to lead Pisgah.  Kaylee Vaught had one hit and scored three runs, Annie Hughes and Lila Kate Wheeler each had a single and RBI.
     Woodham had a single and double for Slocomb. Harleigh Sims and Jaylee Fondren also had a single and RBI for the Red Tops.
      Pisgah was 4-0 in the state tourney beating Wicksburg 12-1, Gordo 13-2 and Slocomb 6-1 to reach the finals.
Class 3A All-State Tourney Team
Kennedy Barron, Pisgah (MOP); Kaylee Vaught, Pisgah; Annie Hughes, Pisgah; Macy Anderson, Pisgah; Amy Woodham, Slocomb; Emma Flournoy,  Slocomb; Amara Myles, Slocomb. 

CLASS 5A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Russellville Wins Game 3 Over Faith Academy 7-4 To Claim Third Straight Class 5A Baseball Title

     MONTGOMERY –Russellville High School beat Faith Academy 7-4 in game three of the AHSAA 2017 Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium to captured the Golden Tigers’ third straight state title. Both teams also met in the finals in 2016.
    Coach Chris Heaps’ Tigers (38-10) took 1-0 lead in the series Wednesday night with a 9-1 win over the Rams. However,  Faith Academy (30-8) forced game three with a dramatic 8-7 win in game two at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday morning.
     Russellville took control of the third and final game of the best 2-of-3 series plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control.8-7 win in game two. The Tigers picked up another run in the fourth and led 7-0 with two more runs in the fourth. Coach Matt Seymour’s Rams (30-8) clawed back into the contest with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but it was too little too late.
     Starting pitcher Skylar Holland (6-3) pitched six strong innings to get the win for Russellville to get the game three win. He pitched in relief in game two and got the loss. Holland allowed five hits, two runs, walked one and struck out four before he reached his 120-pitch limit for the day.  Judd Ward and Rudy Fernandez hurled the seventh inning to close out the game. Fernandez got the final two outs to get the save.
    Class 5A Championship Series MVP Cody Greenhill, who pitched the 9-1 win in game one, had two hits and two RBIs to earn MVP honors. His clutch hit in the fourth  gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.  Ward, Houston Kitterman and Tom Barkley Scott also had two hits. Colin Garrison also slugged a triple and scored two runs.
     Braxton Bell, who pitched five innings in relief, had a double and single and two RBIs for Faith Academy.  Chris Sargent and Brooks Carlson also had two hits.
    Leading 5-1 Game 2, the Rams gave up six runs in the fifth and sixth inning and trailed Russellville  7-5 heading into the top of the seventh. Faith plated three runs in the top of the inning and blanked the Tigers in the bottom of the seventh to seal an 8-7 win.
     Bell (2-2 pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to get the win. He allowed one hit, walked one and faced just six batters.   Skylar Holland (5-3) pitched the final inning for Russellville and got the loss. Starter Chad Wray went six innings for the Tigers allowing six hits, five runs and striking out nine. Faith starter Gabe Shepard pitched four innings, gave up six hits and five runs and whiffed seven.
       Carlson had a double, single and RBI to pace Faith. Catcher Christian Waltman also had a double. Holland had three hits and three RBIs to pace Russellville. Scott and Garrison also had two hits each. Scott also had two RBIs.
    The Class 6A Championship Series got underway Thursday night at Paterson Field with game one between Cullman and Helena set for 6 p.m. The 6A series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. Class 7A begins its championship series at Paterson Field Friday night at  6 p.m. Hoover and Auburn will then close out the 7A series Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with game two of the best 2-of-3 series.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

CLASS 5A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Game 1: Russellville 9, Faith Academy 1

     MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 5A state champion Russellville slugged 11 hits in the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series game at Paterson Field to beat Faith Academy 9-1 Wednesday night.
     The Golden Tigers (37-9) take the 1-0 lead into game two Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium. Faith Academy and Russellville will play game two of the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., with game three set to start 30 minutes later if needed. The series is a rematch from last year’s Class 5A finals.
     Senior first baseman Skylar Holland had three hits and an RBI, junior shortstop Landon Ezzell had a double, single and two RBIs and senior Cody Greenhill  had a double and two RBIs for Coach Chris Heaps’ Tigers. Colin Garrison also scored two runs, had two RBIs and one hit as the lead-off hitter for Russellville.
      Greenhill (12-2) did the rest, pitching a complete-game two-hitter and striking out 11 to get the win.
      Faith Academy (29-7), coached by Matt Seymour,  got its only run in the sixth inning when  Jackson Bell scored on Brooks Carlson’s sacrifice fly. Bell and Christian Waltman had one hit each for the Rams. Starting pitcher Reece Ewing (5-4) hurled 5 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits eight runs and struck out two to get the loss.
    The Class 6A Championship Series gets underway Thursday night at Paterson Field with game one between Cullman and Helena set for 6 p.m. The 6A series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. Class 7A begins its championship series at Paterson Field Friday night at  6 p.m. Hoover and Auburn will then close out the 7A series Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with game two of the best 2-of-3 series.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.


AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championships G.W. Long Sweeps Class 2A Championships Behind Pitcher Collin Searcy’s No-hitter

     MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 5A state champion Russellville slugged 11 hits in the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series game at Paterson Field to beat Faith Academy 9-1 Wednesday night.
     The Golden Tigers (37-9) take the 1-0 lead into game two Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium. Faith Academy and Russellville will play game two of the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., with game three set to start 30 minutes later if needed. The series is a rematch from last year’s Class 5A finals.
     Senior first baseman Skylar Holland had three hits and an RBI, junior shortstop Landon Ezzell had a double, single and two RBIs and senior Cody Greenhill  had a double and two RBIs for Coach Chris Heaps’ Tigers. Colin Garrison also scored two runs, had two RBIs and one hit as the lead-off hitter for Russellville.
      Greenhill (12-2) did the rest, pitching a complete-game two-hitter and striking out 11 to get the win.
      Faith Academy (29-7), coached by Matt Seymour,  got its only run in the sixth inning when  Jackson Bell scored on Brooks Carlson’s sacrifice fly. Bell and Christian Waltman had one hit each for the Rams. Starting pitcher Reece Ewing (5-4) hurled 5 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits eight runs and struck out two to get the loss.
    The Class 6A Championship Series gets underway Thursday night at Paterson Field with game one between Cullman and Helena set for 6 p.m. The 6A series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. Class 7A begins its championship series at Paterson Field Friday night at  6 p.m. Hoover and Auburn will then close out the 7A series Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with game two of the best 2-of-3 series.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.


CLASS 4A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES UMS-Wright Posts 5-1 Win in Game 3 To Clinch the 2017 Class 4A State Baseball Title

     MONTGOMERY – UMS-Wright High School’s Sam Plash was 4-for-4 with a double, three singles and two RBIs Wednesday night to lead the Bulldogs to a game three 5-1 victory over Madison Academy to clinch the AHSAA Class 4A state championship for the Bulldogs at Riverwalk Stadium. The state title was the second in a row for the Mobile school and their 10th overall.
      Plash, the Class 4A Series MVP,  and team collected 10 hits in the final game – quite a contrast to the six hits in game two when Madison Academy posted a 9-1 win to force game three. Winning pitcher Brant Dixon (6-3) scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two in a strong performance to get  the win.
      Jake Christa’s second-inning home run that hit the screen on the foul pole down the left-field line closed gave Coach David Pressley’s Mustangs some momentum as they closed a 4-run UMS lead to 4-1. Dixon, however, kept the MA batters off-stride with his breaking pitches and the Bulldogs defense did the rest to seal the championship.
       Senior Tanner Allen added a triple and single, Dalton Goff had two hits and an RBI and Skipper Snypes doubled in a run for Coach Kevin Raley’s Bulldogs (28-13).
       Madison Academy starter Sam King (7-3) gave up five hits and four runs in the first two innings to get the loss. Nate Buchanan hurled five strong innings of relief for the Mustangs (30-17) striking out three and just allowing four hits and one run. Madison Academy moved to Class 4A this season after winning the last three state titles in Class 3A.
       UMS-Wright took a 1-0 lead in the series Tuesday night with a 5-1 at Paterson Field. Madison Academy forced game three winning the first game at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday 9-1.
      Winning pitcher Dylan Murphy (7-2) pitched five innings, allowed six hits and struck out five for the Mustangs. Cade Morson pitched the last two innings allowing no hits, no runs, walking four and striking out two.   UMS-Wright starter Dalton Goff (5-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and all nine runs. He struck out one, walked two and hit three batters.
     Senior center fielder James Nix was 3-for-3 with a double, two-run homer and four RBIs. His blast in the fifth inning turned a 4-1 game into a 7-1 contest and the Bulldogs never recovered.
     Catcher Christian Cooper had a single and RBI to lead UMS-Wright.
    Russellville and Faith Academy will complete the Class 5A Championship Series Thursday morning starting at with game two at 10 a.m. Game three will follow if needed 30 minutes after completion of game two.
    The Class 6A Championship Series gets underway Thursday night at Paterson Field with game one between Cullman and Helena set for 6 p.m. The 6A series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Friday morning at 10 a.m. Class 7A begins its championship series at Paterson Field Friday night at  6 p.m. Hoover and Auburn will then close out the 7A series Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with game two of the best 2-of-3 series.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.



CLASS 4A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Game 1: UMS-Wright 5, Madison Academy 1

     MONTGOMERY – Conner Jednat tossed a 2-hitter over 6 1/3 innings to lead UMS-Wright to a 5-1 win over Madison Academy in game one of the Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series at Paterson Field Tuesday night.
    The series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 4 p.m., for game two – with game three, if needed, to follow 30 minutes later in the best 2-of-3 series.
    UMS-Wright (27-12), the defending Class 4A state champs, out-hit Madison Academy 10-3. The Mustangs, in Class 4A for the first time, won Class 3A the last three years.
   Jednat walked six and struck out seven. He was pulled in the seventh when he reached the maximum 120 pitches allowed. Tanner Allen got the last two out on a double-play to end the game. 
    Evan Hannah’s solo homer to left in the second inning gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. The lead extended to 5-0 with a single run in the third and fourth and two runs in the fifth.  Skipper Snypes and Allen had two hits each for Coach Kevin Raley’s team. Snypes scored two runs. He and Allen each had a double.
    Madison Academy (29-16) was led by Cade Morrison’s two hits. Losing pitcher Jake Christa (7-3) allowed all 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings. Reliever Evan Liddie gave up no hits over the final 2 1/3 innings.
    Russellville and Faith Academy will start the Class 5A Championship Series Wednesday night with a single game at Paterson Field. The two teams will close out their series Thursday at Riverwalk.

AHSAA 2017 State Golf Championships Mountain Brook Claim 7A Boys’ Title; Virginia Green Sets New Girls’ Record with 12-under 132 in 7A Girls’ Play

    OPELIKA – Fairhope senior Virginia Green shot a 6-under 66 for the second straight day to finish with a 12-under 132 total to set a new AHSAA state record as the 2017 State Golf Championships concluded Tuesday at the Robert Trent Jones Auburn National Course here.
    Green shattered the old girls’ 36-hole state tournament record of 137 by five strokes. Michaela Morard and Gabi Oubre held the record. Oubre set it first in 2010 playing for Cottage Hill Christian. Morard tied the mark as a seventh grader playing for Huntsville.
     Mountain Brook (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A), UMS-Wright (4A), Providence Christian (3A) and Westbrook Chrisitan (1A/2A) won boys’ championships Tuesday. Winning girls’ team state championships were Spain Park (7A), Muscle Shoals (6A), Trinity Presbyterian (4A/5A) and Providence Christian (1A/2A).
CLASS 7A BOYS: The Spartans shot a two-day total 573 to finish 3-under for the tournament and won the 7A state crown by eight strokes over runner-up Vestavia Hills (581). Ford Clegg won the low medalist honors with a 68 Tuesday to finish 2-under at 142. Auburn’s Connor Newton, John Racciatti of McGill-Toolen  and Vestavia Hills’ Ryan Eshlerman tied for second at 143. Austin Coggin of Vestavia shot the best round in 7A Tuesday, a 67, to finish at 144.
CLASS 6A BOYS: Muscle Shoals won the state 6A championship with a 582 team total and defending champion Homewood was second at 590.  Thomas Regan of Muscle Shoals and Luke Shaw of Northridge tied for low medalist at 2-under 142. Homewood’s Jack Poole had the low round Tuesday (70) and finished four strokes back at 146.
CLASS 5A BOYS: St. Paul’s Episcopal shot 603 to beat runner-up Guntersville (644) by 41 strokes as Will McFadden shot a 70 Tuesday to finish as low medalist at 146.  Douglas’ Anthony Lumpkin was second at 148 with a final round 71. McFadden’s 70 was the low round in 5A for the day.
CLASS 4A BOYS: UMS-Wright, coached by Adam Boehm, shot 296 Tuesday to finish at 582 to win the state championship. Oneonta was second at 605. J.P. Cave edged out teammate Andrew Graves by three strokes to win low medalist honors for the Bulldogs. Cave shot 70-69 for 5-under 139. Graves, who had a first-day leading 66, shot 76 Tuesday to finish 2-under 142. Oneonta’s Stewart Miller was third at 143.
CLASS 3A BOYS: Providence Christian finished at 590 to win the 3A title in its first year in the division. West Morgan was second at 619. Thomas Ponder led PCA with a two-day total 138 to finish 6-under for the tourney to capture low medalist. West Morgan’s Dakota Terry had the low round Tuesday (68) to finish two strokes off the pace at 140 to take runner-up.
CLASS 1A/2A BOYS: Westbrook Christian shot 598 to win the championship and Donoho was second at 650. John Hilliard Cantanzaro was low medalist for the Warriors with the low round  of the tournament for boys – 9-under 63 to finish at 9-under 135. He shot even-par 72 Monday. William Wethington of Westbrook almost kept pace with his teammate Tuesday carding a 4-under 68 and finished second at 143.
CLASS 7A GIRLS: Spain Park won the team title with a 13-over 445. Hoover was six strokes back at 451 for second place. Virginia Green of Fairhope led all scorers with a 132 total – shooting 66 for the second straight day.
CLASS 6A GIRLS: Muscle Shoals and Northridge tied with identical 503 scores but the Trojans won the tie breaker for first place – the team’s fourth-place scorer Riva Ray shot 187 to edge Northridge’s No. 4 total. Girls’ team totals are based on the top three scores for each team.
    Park Crossing’s Brooke Sansom, who shot 66 Monday, finished with a 73 to earn low medalist honors at 5-under 139. Ally Williams of Athens finished 71-73—144 for second place.
CLASS 4A/5A GIRLS: Trinity Presbyterian scored s 494 to take the state title. UMS-Wright was second at 511. Sophie Burks was low medalist for Trinity with her second straight 71 to finish 2-under 142. Alexandria’s Abby Stevens finished second at 156.
CLASS 1A/3A GIRLS: Providence Christian shot 489 to capture the 1A/3A championship. Westbrook Christian was second at 517. Stephenie Fowler of American Christian was low medalist at 149. She shot 71 Tuesday. Allison Howard was second for PCA with 152.