MONTGOMERY – Auburn High School plated five runs in the bottom of the first inning and then held on to beat Hoover 9-6 in the first game of the AHSAA Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series at Paterson Field Friday night.
     The Tigers (28-10) and Bucs (39-11) move to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday morning for game two at 10 a.m. If a third game is needed in the best 2-of-3 series, it will start 30 minutes after game two concludes. All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Both teams combined for 24 hits with Coach Adam Moseley’s Bucs out-hitting Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers 14-10. Hoover stranded 11 runners, however, and Auburn just five. The Tigers bunched four hits in the first inning to take a quick 5-0 lead. Teddy Benda got the first of his two hits to plate one run and catcher Rawlins Cleveland added a two-run homer that hit the screen on the left-field foul pole..
     Hoover got three back in the top of the second with five hits. Drew Guffey’s double down the left-field line plated two of the runs. Auburn added another run in the bottom of the inning on Brooks Fuller’s double to center field to lead 6-3. Max Garvey homered over the left-field wall in the top of the fourth as Hoover closed the cap to 6-5. 
     Auburn answered quickly again with Benda driving in more runs with a single to left. The Tigers got another run in the fifth and Hoover managed a single run in the sixth to close out the scoring.
      Starting pitcher Drew Jennings (6-2) allowed 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings to get the win for Auburn. Ryan Lambert pitched the final inning to get the save.  Hoover starter Scott Elgin (8-4) gave up nine hits and nine runs to get the loss. He struck out four.
    Benda finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Cimo’s Tigers. Cleveland also had two hits and two RBIs, and Fuller finished with two hits and two RBIs. Lead-off hitter Rowdey Jordan had one hit and scored three runs.
    Garrett Farquhar, Brandon Agsalud, C.J. Gilliland, Ty Robinson, Guffey and Garvey each had two hits. Guffey finished with two RBIs.

Class 7A Softball Championships Sparkman Wins State Title with 9-2 Win over Spain Park

      MONTGOMERY – Sparkman High School pitcher Lily Calvert pitched 6 1/3 inning in relief to get the win Saturday afternoon as the Lady Senators beat Spain Park 9-2 in the AHSAA Class 7A State Softball Tournament finals at Lagoon Park.
     The championship was the sixth for Sparkman since 2006 – but the first in Class 7A.
     Kailey Stoker started for the Senators but Palmer brought in Calvert after two runs had scored in the first inning of the finals.  She got out of the jam and blanked the Jaguars of Coach C.J. Hawkins on five hits and struck out six before yielding to Paige Bannerman in the seventh to get the final out.
    Stoker and Mackenzie Nutt each slugged homers and drove in two runs for Sparkman.  Taylor Davis had two singles and scored three runs, and Calvert had two hits and three RBIs. The Senators scored three runs in the first inning, four in the third and two in the fourth.
    Spain Park got two hits each from Julianna Cross, Destini England and Kynadi Tipler.
    Annabelle Widra went five innings, allowed four hits and struck out four to get the loss.
    Sparkman won all four games at Lagoon Park in the 7A tourney beating Auburn (6-1), Spain Park (7-0), Vestavia Hillls (13-3) and Spain Park in the finals.
    The Jags beat Fairhope in round one, was sent to the loser’s bracket by Sparkman and then beat Central-Phenix City, James Clemens and Vestavia Hills to reach the championship game.

Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Hewitt-Trussville Sweeps Auburn for 7A State Crown

     MONTGOMERY –  Hewitt-Trussville High School junior left-hander Cameron Furr (8-1) followed sophomore lefty Carson Skipper’s first-game shutout performance with one of his own Saturday as the Huskies won game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series 2-0 over Auburn at Riverwalk Stadium to claim the school’s first-ever state title.
      Furr allowed only four hits, walked none and struck out four while throwing just 78 pitches in the seven-inning win.  Skipper (11-2), who tossed a three-hitter in Friday night’s 6-0 first-game win, drove in Keegan Morrow in the third inning for Hewitt’s second run Saturday and gave Furr just enough  cushion to keep Auburn (32-13) off stride at the plate.
       Coach Jeff Mauldin’s Huskies (36-11) only managed five hits off Tigers starter Ryan Watson (5-1), who walked three and struck out four in five innings.  Leadoff hitter Tyler Tolbert and Morrow had two each. Tolbert opened the bottom of the first with a hit and scored on a fielder’s choice by Ed Johnson.
     Rowdy Jordan, Garrett Morris, Andrew Naismith and Noah Barnes each had singles for Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers.
      Cullman and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa close out the 2016 AHSAA Baseball Championships at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday afternoon with game to of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m.
      All games are being live-streamed  by the NFHS Network.

Class 7A State Championship Series Class 7A: Game 1 Hewitt-Trussville 6, Auburn 0

     MONTGOMERY –  Hewitt-Trussville sophomore pitcher Carson Skipper pitched a three-hit shutout Friday afternoon at Paterson Field as the Huskies captured a 6-0 win over Auburn in game one of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series. Game two moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Game three will follow at approximately 1 p.m. if needed.
     Skipper (11-2) walked none, struck out eight and threw only 86 pitches to get the victory for Coach Jeff Mauldin’s Huskies. Senior center fielder Keegan Morrow tripled in three runs to lead Hewitt-Trussville (35-11). Junior left fielder Grayson Cash also had one hit, one RBI and scored two runs. Jamison Stennis also slugged a double.
     Andrew Naismith (5-3) allowed two hits, walked four and struck out five in five innings to get the loss for Auburn (32-12). Tyler Rabren pitched the final two innings for Coach Matt Cimo’s  Tigers.  Morgan Brown had two hits for Auburn and Austin Triplett had the other hit.
     Cullman (40-11) and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (37-10) played the first game of the Class 6A series Friday night.
      The 6A series also moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday with game 2 at 4 p.m.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

2015 SUPER 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASS 7A STATE FINALS McGill-Toolen 14, Spain Park 12

     TUSCALOOSA – McGill-Toolen High School senior running  back Terrell Kennedy rushed for 166 yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half Wednesday night and the Class 7A Yellow Jackets captured a 14-12 win over Spain Park to open the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
     Kennedy, named championship game MVP, finished with 203 yards on 22 carries as Coach Caleb Ross’ gritty defense staved off a strong second-half Jaguars comeback effort as McGill-Toolen captured its first state football title in the  Mobile Catholic school’s long history.
    Kennedy scored on runs of 4 and 54 yards to give McGill a 14-3 lead at halftime  – the first TD coming on an end run that culminated with the running back diving over the pylon to give the Yellow Jackets (13-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. His second run was a dazzling effort as he broke two tackles, then sliced his way through the Jags defense down the left sideline in the second quarter to.
   Spain Park place kicker Crosby Gray booted a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. Coach Shawn Raney’s Jaguars (12-2) capped a 16-play, 60-yard march midway through the fourth period with Joey Beatty scoring on a 1-yard sneak to pull to within five at 14-9 with 5:54 left. The two-point try failed.
   The Jags defense got the ball back seven seconds later when Markel Clark recovered a Jackets fumble at the McGill 13. Ross’ defense rose up, however, and Spain Park’s Gray booted a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-12.
    Kennedy then reeled off a 16-yard run on first down on the Jackets’ next series, taking valuable time off the clock. Spain Park got the ball back with 2:05 left but turned the ball over on downs at its own 32 a minute later.
     Trey Robinson added 32 yards rushing on five carries for the Jackets. Quarterback Paris Chambers finished 17-of-28 passing for 157 yards as McGill out-gained Spain Park 385 yards to 178 on the night. Larry Rembert finished with eight catches for 89 yards.
    Wade Streeter led Spain Park with 103 rushing yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Beatty finished 12-of-19 passing for 74 yards. Will Greene had three catches for 40 yards and Bridge Suber, six receptions for 27 yards.
    Defensively, Deanthony Washington led McGill-Toolen with 11 tackles and Carlton Martial had nine stops.  Perry Young had 11 stops for Spain Park and Bryan Sanderson had seven.

Class 7A VB State Championship

Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 0
   Mountain Brook High School overcame deficits in each of the first two sets to win close and swept McGill-Toolen 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 to claim the Lady Spartans’ second straight Class 7A state volleyball championship Thursday.  All championship matches are being played at Birmingham’s 5,500-seat Bill Harris Arena for the first time. All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Playing before a large crowd at Bill Harris Arena, Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team rallied to sneak past Coach Kate Adams’ Dirty Dozen (49-8).  Senior Sara Carr, who earned MVP honors for the second year, was powerful up front. She registered 13 kills, 12 digs and two service aces to lead Mountain Brook (57-6). Emmy Kilgore and Caroline Davies added nine kills each in the heavyweight match that totaled 78 kills for both teams. The Spartans had 44 and McGill-Toolen 34.
    Sara Mitchell had 39 assists, Lacey Jeffcoat had 16 digs and Selman added 14.
    McGill-Toolen’s Elizabeth Burnett had 11 kills, Kirsten Carter had eight, Sofia Bruno had 20 digs, and Elizabeth Murphy had 26 assists.
   Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Payton Selman, Mountain Brook; Emmy Kilgore, Mountain Brook; Sara Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Elizabeth Murphy, McGill-Toolen; Elizabeth Burnett, McGill-Toolen; Aubrie Huddleston, Grissom.


Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.


Lawrence County 26, Hewitt-Trussville 18

   Lawrence County receiver Josh Smith had five receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown to lead his team to a 26-18 win over Hewitt-Trussville in the first Unified Sports state flag football game in AHSAA history Wednesday at Auburn University’s  Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    The teams, consisting of Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student peer partners, battled on a 25x60-yard field over two 20-minute halves.
   Smith, who also made an interception on defense, had a 24-yard catch from partner Jesse Childress to set up Lawrence County’s first TD. Childress then connected with Timmy Chaney for a 3-yard TD pass with 15:26 remaining in the first half.
    Hewitt-Trussville tied the game at 6-6 with 11:43 left in the half when partner Dylan McCormick tossed a 10-yard TD pass to athlete Andrew White. White had a good game rushing for 29 yards on four carries, catching two passes for 18 yards and throwing a 7-yard TD pass to McCormick.
    Tyler Ball, who rushed for 33 yards on five carries, scored Hewitt’s other TD on a 10-yard run.
    Lawrence County receiver Timmy Chaney had two catches for TDs covering 1 and 3 yards. Bobby Le Griffith scored the final touchdown with a 9-yard run.
     Lawrence County, coached by Steve Jones, used six different passers to complete 14-of-27 passes for 124 yards. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by Tim Meacham, was 9-of-24 passing for 100 yards and also rushed for 61 yards on 11 tries.