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CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Gordo Sweeps Piedmont with 9-2 Win

    MONTGOMERY – Gordo High School pitchers shut out Piedmont for 11 2/3 innings in the AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship series, but needed a big rally to seal the Greenwave’s 9-2 win in Game 2 and sweep the series and state title at Riverwalk Stadium.
    Series MVP Thomas Langdon hurled a 1-hit shutout in Game 1 Monday night, and junior Nick Ponders shut out the Bulldogs (27-14) for 4 2/3 innings in game two before Coach Matt Deerman’s squad finally rallied for two runs to tie the contest at 2-2. Coach Jonathan Pate’s Greenwave (34-7) wasted little time responding. Gordo posted five runs in the bottom of the fifth – the big hit a bases-loaded triple by junior left fielder Davis Vails that played three of his team’s five runs in that frame. Two more runs in the sixth sealed the victory and the state title – the first baseball crown in school history.
    Pounders (6-0) finished with a six-hitter, allowed just one earned run, walked none and struck out three. Right fielder Collin Herring, another junior, was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Pounders was also 3-for-3 with two RBIs, senior shortstop and lead-off hitter Koy Chapman had three hits and scored twice. He had the game’s only double. Langdon also had a single and RBI. Center fielder Cabel Mullenix hauled in eight putouts in the contest including two sliding catches that robbed Piedmont of possible hits.
     Bailey Graves had two hits for Piedmont, coached by Mark Deerman. Michael Rogers added the big hit in the fifth for the Bulldogs, an RBI triple. Logan Pruitt, Taylor Morrow and senior hurler Taylor Hayes had the other hits. Hayes (10-5), the two-time Class 3A state football championship game MVP, pitched 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 13 hits had five strikeouts – finishing his senior year with 132 whiffs in 87 innings pitched.
    The 2017 Class 2A and Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series, which opened at Paterson Field Tuesday night, will play at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday. The second game of the 2A series will be at 10 a.m., with the third game to follow 30 minutes later if needed. The Class 4A series resumes with game two at 4 p.m. The third game, if needed, will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the 4 o’clock contest.
     All games will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. Check it out at www.nfhsnetwork.com.

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Sweet Water Wins Title with 8-7 Win in Game 3

    MONTGOMERY – Sweet Water High School junior Jonah Smith’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday lifted the Bulldogs (32-8) to a come-from-behind 8-7 win over defending state champion Decatur Heritage in game three to claim the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A state baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium.
    Smith, named MVP of the series, pitched the game one victory Monday. He had a double and single in the final game and four in the series, none bigger than his one-out single to deliver the victory.
     Decatur Heritage (23-13) forced game three with a 2-1 win in the 10 a.m., game Tuesday. Grayson Wakefield (7-1) tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts to keep the Eagles’ repeat hopes alive. Jackson Parker had two hits in the win for Coach Steve Meek’s team. Smith had a single and scored Sweet Water’s only run. Sasha Smith (4-3) hurled five strong innings, allowing three hits but got the loss.
    Coach John Gluschick’s Bulldogs took control of the third game early to build a 6-1 lead heading into the the top of the sixth. Things begin to unravel for starter Braiden Broussard, however, as the Eagles clawed back to tie the game with five runs. Garrett Buckner’s double plated two runs for the big hit of the inning.
    The game stayed tied until the top of the eighth when the Eagles played one run – and had an insurance run nullified when the runner on third was called out for leaving the base too soon on a fly out to left for the third out.
    Sweet Water loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. Jonah Smith then drilled a single to left that plated pinch runner Trenton Sams and Shamar Lewis to end the game.
    Designated hitter Hunter Mendenhall was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the Bulldogs’ 12-hit attack in the final game. Chance Broussard also had three hits, including one to start the eighth-inning rally. Catcher Luke Davis also had an RBI double.
    Chase Joiner (3-0) got the final two out of the eighth inning to get the win for Sweet Water. Jeff Hunter (4-2) got the loss in relief. Dalton Davis also pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief allowing three hits, one run and striking out four for Decatur Heritage.

CLASS 3A CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – Game 1 Gordo 9, Piedmont 0

    MONTGOMERY – Gordo High School senior right-hander Thomas Langdon fired a  1-hitter blanking  Piedmont 9-0 in game one of the 2017 AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Monday night.
    Game two of the best two-of-three series continues at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Southern League’s Montgomery Biscuits, Tuesday at 4 p.m., with game three to follow 30 minutes after completion if needed Tuesday night.
    Langdon (10-1) was masterful with his control, walking one and striking out four to notch his 10th win of the season. He got good offensive support from his teammates, especially lead-off hitter Koy Chapman and third hitter Collin Herring. Each had three hits. Chapman slugged a double and two singles and scored one run while Herring clubbed three singles, drove in three runs and scored twice.
    Nick Pounders also had a double and two RBIs and Cabel Mullenix had a single and RBI. Coach Jonathan Pate’s Green Wave (33-7), scheduled to be the home team in game two, pounded nine hits and plated four runs in the third and sixth innings to break the game open.
     Logan Pruitt (7-3), who came in 3-0 in the playoffs, pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits and six runs. Four were earned. He also had two walks and struck out four. Easton Kirk got the only hit for the Bulldogs (27-13).
    The Class 2A Championship Series between Fayetteville and G.W. Long will play game one Tuesday at Paterson Field at 4 p.m., and the Class 4A Championship Series pairing Madison Academy and UMS-Wright, plays its first game at 7 Tuesday night, also at Paterson Field. Those series will conclude Wednesday at Riverwalk Stadium.
   All baseball games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with Graham Dunn behind the mike. The week’s complete schedule can be found at www.ahsaa.com.



CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Sweet Water 4, Decatur Heritage 2

    MONTGOMERY – Sweet Water High School junior right-hander Jonah Smith hurled a four-hitter, walked none and struck out seven as the Bulldogs (31-7) beat defending Class 1A state champion Decatur Heritage 4-2 in game one of the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Monday.
   Smith (14-2) saved his best for last after Coach Steve Meek’s Eagles (22-12) loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh inning. Smith struck out the next batter, gave up a long fly out to right center that plated a run and then closed out the game with a short fly out to send Coach John Gluschick’s Bulldogs into game two at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday leading the best 2-of-3 series 1-0. First pitch Tuesday will be at 10 a.m. The third game, if needed, will follow approximately 30 minutes after game two ends. All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Decatur Heritage took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Grayson Wakefield got an infield single and scored on a double-play later in the inning. Sweet Water took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third, added one run in the fourth and another in the sixth.  Shamar Lewis had two hits and scored a run to lead the Bulldogs. Matthew Mendenhall had a single, sacrifice fly and RBI and Braiden Broussard had a double and scored a run.
    Jeff Hunter, Jackson Parke and Carter Sample also had hits for Decatur Heritage.  Walker Jones drilled a towering blast to right center with the bases loaded in the seventh that right fielder William Huckabee hauled in despite a collision with center fielder  Sasha Smith. Huckabee was able to get the ball back to the infield in time to limit the damage to one run and Jonah Smith got the next out to end the game.
    Piedmont and Gordo played game one of the Class 3A Championship Series Monday night at Riverwalk in a game that started at 7 p.m. 

2017 North-South Softball & Baseball All-Star Teams Announced

MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2017 North-South boys’ baseball games and the North-South girls’ softball contests have been selected.
     A total of 72 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 21th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17-21, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South baseball doubleheader will be at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday, July 18, with the first game set for 4 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Lagoon Park will host the North-South softball all-star games at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively, on the same day.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, cross country and football. The 57th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 20, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports-specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
     Among the week’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2016-17 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2017 Making A Difference Award Recipients , Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 21.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 22.
      Coaches for the South Baseball All-Stars are Chad Smith of LAMP and Tyler Dent of Andalusia. Trinity Presbyterian’s Ken Whittle is the administrative coach. North coaches are Brandon Moore of Oneonta and David Deerman of Jacksonville. Keith Lucky of Saint James is administrative coach.
      Shawn Maze of Mortimer Jordan and Josh Graham of Lawrence County are the North softball coaches. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones will serve as administrative coach. South coaches are Donna Sunnycalb of Saraland and Matt Hendricks of Auburn. Elba’s Susan Barnes is the South administrative coach.
      In last year’s softball competition, the North swept both games 12-4 and 4-1 to improve to 24-9-3 in the series 20-year series. The North also captured both games of the 2016 baseball competition winning 2-0 in game one and 13-2 in the nightcap. The North holds a 20-11-1 advantage in the all-star competition, which first got under way in 1997.
    The rosters:



2017 North-South Baseball Rosters

NORTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Jacob Smith

Calera

LHP

6'6

235

Hogan Isbell

Colbert County

P/OF

5'10

170

Will Morrison

Cullman

RHP

6'2

165

David Rutledge

Etowah

1B

6'2

240

Alex Fowler

Falkville

IF

6'1

175

Garrett Wade

Hartselle

LHP

6'3

180

Carson Skipper

Hewitt-Trussville

LHP

6'3

185

Lundray Reeves

Hueytown

OF

5'10

180

Christian MacLeod

Huntsville

LHP

6'3

215

Colton Clark

Jacksonville

IF/RHP

6'0

170

Clay Stearns

Mountain Brook

C

6'1

225

Gene Hurst

Oak Mountain

RHP

6'3

205

Brody Moore

Oneonta

MIF

6'1

165

Brody Syer

Oxford

OF/LHP

6'2

190

Will Pierce

Pelham

C

5'11

225

Josh Hall

Randolph

OF

5'9

170

Garrett Bodine

Sparkman

OF/MIF

5'9

165

Connor Fordham

Wadley

C

6'0

195

NORTH COACHES

Brandon Moore

Oneonta

David Deerman

Jacksonville

Keith Lucky

Saint James (Administrative Coach)

SOUTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Ethan Wilson

Andalusia

OF

6'3

200

Drew Jennings

Auburn

P

5'11

170

Slade Gorman

Central - Phenix City

C

5'11

175

Chance Warren

Enterprise

SS

5'11

175

Gabe Shepard

Faith Academy

P

6'0

195

Cory Peterson

Goshen

OF

5'10

190

Jon Horton

Hale County

1B

6'0

235

Brayden Baggett

Marbury

OF

6'1

195

Eric Toth

McGill-Toolen Catholic

1B

6'3

210

Andrew Williamson

T. R. Miller

OF

6'3

210

Trent Avery

Mobile Christian

2B

5'10

160

Joey Wozniak

Northview

P

6'0

175

Tyler Robertson

Saint James

OF

6'2

175

Jeremiah Jackson

St. Luke's

SS

6'1

175

Herndon Akridge

St. Paul's

P

6'0

165

Jonah Smith

Sweetwater

SS/P

6'2

185

Casey Baynes

Tallassee

3B

6'1

200

Max Champion

Wetumpka

C

5'8

170

SOUTH COACHES

Chad Smith

LAMP

Tyler Dent

Andalusia

Ken Whittle

Trinity Presbyterian (Administrative Coach)

 

2017 North-South Softball Rosters

NORTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Charley Clark

Calera

C

5'7

Anna Segars

East Lawrence

OF

5'9

Chaney Phillips

Gardendale

2B

5'9

Lauren Quigley

Guntersville

2B

5'9

Addie Robinson

Handley

3B

5'9

Katelyn Williams

Hatton

C

5'5

Hannah Hayes

Hazel Green

P

5'7

Kolby Holcombe

Holly Pond

C

5'10

Jamie Gregg

Hoover

OF

5'8

Lauren Hopper

Lawrence County

3B

6'0

Sidney Wagnon

Moody

2B

5'3

Morgan Maze

Mortimer Jordan

3B

5'5

Riley Honeycutt

Northside

SS

5'4

Taylor Davis

Sparkman

OF

5'10

Kerstin Bryant

Spring Garden

P/IF

5'5

Kaylee Chapman

Springville

SS

5'8

Merritt Cahoon

Vestavia Hills

SS

5'8

Baily Browning

West Limestone

P

5'8

NORTH COACHES

Shawn Maze

Mortimer Jordan

Josh Graham

Lawrence County

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones (Administrative Coach)

SOUTH ALL-STARS

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Lacey Spear

Alabama Christian

P/OF

5'6

Amberly Montgomery

Baker

CF

5'5

Victoria Ortiz

Baker

1B/OF

5'6

Brett Parker

Beauregard

C/3B

5'10

Leanna Johnson

Brantley

P

5'7

Gracie Deaton

Central - Phenix City

P

5'7

Kennedy Cronan

Daphne

SS/3B

5'10

Aspyn Godwin

Daphne

C/1B/U

5'8

Hope Mynard

Enterprise

C/1B

5'6

Lacey Fincher

Faith Academy

SS/2B/OF

6'0

Savanna Holmes

Hale County

P/1B

5'6

Ariyon Hightower

Opp

3B

5'8

Sierra Baker

Reeltown

3B/SS

5'7

Lauren Rase

Rehobeth

P/1B

5'8

Karsen Mosley

Saraland

3B/SS

5'6

Courtney Ellzey

Satsuma

SS

5'6

Lynn Gardner

UMS-Wright

P/IF/OF

5'11

Alexis Austin

Wetumpka

SS

5'8

SOUTH COACHES

Donna Sunnycalb

Saraland

Matt Hendricks

Auburn

Susan Barnes

Elba (Administrative Coach)



Brantley’s Alex Wilcox Receives Jimmy Smothers Courage Award Cullman’s Owen Lovell, Curry’s Ashlee Swindle Named ASWA Mr. Baseball & Miss Softball for 2016

      BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Sports Writers Association named Cullman’s Owen Lovell the 2016 Mr. Baseball Award recipient and Curry’s Ashlee Swindle captured the 206 Miss Softball Award during Sunday’s annual banquet.

       The ASWA also honored Brantley softball player Alex Wilcox with the inaugural Jimmy Smothers Courage Award. Smothers, the long-time sports editor of the Gadsden Times and much loved leader in the ASWA for more than 50 years, died in the past year. He was inducted into the ASWA Hall of Fame, the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

        Lovell helped Cullman to the Class 6A state finals this season batting .392 with 14 home runs, 64 RBIs, 24 stolen bases and 15 doubles. The junior center fielder and Alabama commitment also pitched 51 innings compiling a 7-1 record with 63 strikeouts, three shutouts and a 1.51 ERA.
        Lovell heads the Super All-State team and is joined by Florence’s Brax Garrett, last year’s Mr. Baseball recipient and second to Lovell in the 2016 balloting. Garrett, a left-handed pitcher, was the highest drafted selection from the state in the 2016 Professional Baseball Draft. He was selected in the first round by the Miami Marlins as the seventh pick overall. Also named to the Super All-State squad were Decatur’s Tanner Burns, Sparkman’s Brock Anderson, Russellville’s Judd Ward, Vestavia Hills’ Sonny Potter, American Christian’s Deacon Medders, UMS-Wright’s Tanner Allen, Helena’s Sam Praytor and Corner’s Jackson Tavel.
        Auburn signee Swindle (45-2) led Curry to its second straight Class 4A softball championship in 2016. The 2015 title was the first of any kind in school history. She pitched 262 2/3 of the team’s 285 total innings this season, striking out 385 and walking 34 while allowing only 22 earned runs for an 0.59 ERA. Opponents batted .132 with a .169 on-base percentage, managing only 123 hits in 973 batters faced.

         Swindle posted the best numbers of her career at the plate, batting .557 with 13 home runs and team best 86 RBIs. She headlines the ASWA 2016 Super All-State softball team. Also named to the squad by th state’s sportswriters were Brantley’s Alex Wilcox, Sumiton Christian’s Kendall Beth Sides and Jenna Ergle, Spain Park’s Mary Katherine Tedder, Elmore County’s Elissa Brown, Baker’s Victoria Ortiz, Demopolis’ Abby Latham, Cullman’s Claire Jenkins and Macon-East’s Paxton Searle of the AISA.

         Lovell is the 18th Mr. Baseball and second Cullman player to win the award after Keegan Thompson was named the 2013 recipient. No player has repeated as Mr. Baseball, and it’s the first time any school has produced multiple winners.

         Swindle is the 14th Miss Softball and first Curry player to earn the honor. Grissom’s Anna Thompson is the only two-time Miss Softball winner, earning the award in 2004 and 2006. Pisgah, Hueytown and Baker have had multiple winners in the 14-year history of the award. Pisgah’s Holly Currie won the first Miss Softball award in 2003 and Shelby Holley won in 2011. Hueytown’s Lindsey Dunlap won in 2008 and Leigh Streetman in 2010 while Baker’s Tara Donaldson won in 2005 and Lacey Sumerlin in 2015.
        Brantley’s Wilcox was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Christmas Day and fought through nine weeks of chemotherapy, missing only about nine games during the Bulldogs’ run to their third straight Class 1A championship. She’s the ASWA Class 1A Hitter and Player of the Year and was selected to the Super All-State team, finishing second to Swindle in Miss Softball voting.

 

2016 ASWA Super All-State Baseball Team

Mr. Baseball: Owen Lovell, Cullman

Brax Garrett, Florence

Tanner Burns, Decatur

Brock Anderson, Sparkman

Judd Ward, Russellville

Sonny Potter, Vestavia Hills

Deacon Medders, American Christian

Tanner Allen, UMS-Wright

Sam Praytor, Helena

Jackson Tavel, Corner

 

ASWA Mr. Baseball Winners

2016: Owen Lovell, Cullman

2015: Brax Garrett, Florence

2014: Cody Reed, Ardmore

2013: Keegan Thompson, Cullman

2012: Mikey White, Spain Park

2011: Daniel Koger, Huntsville

2010: Daryl Norris, Fairhope

2009: Luke Bole, Hartselle

2008: Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff

2007: John David Smelser, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

2006: Del Howell, American Christian

2005: Colby Rasmus, Russell County

2004: Patrick White, Daphne

2003: Joey Doan, Baker

2002: Allen Ponder, Lee-Scott Academy

2001: Eric West, Southside-Gadsden

2000: Wade Miller, G.W. Long

1999: Matthew Maniscalco, Oxford

 

2016 ASWA Super All-State Softball Team

Miss Softball: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

Alex Wilcox, Brantley

Kendall Beth Sides, Sumiton Christian

Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park

Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian

Elissa Brown, Elmore County

Victoria Ortiz, Baker

Abby Latham, Demopolis

Claire Jenkins, Cullman

 

ASWA Miss Softball Winners

2016: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

2015: Lacey Sumerlin, Baker

2014: Madi Moore, Winfield

2013: Kasey Cooper, Dothan

2012: Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan

2011: Shelby Holley, Pisgah

2010: Leigh Streetman, Hueytown

2009: Hilary Phillips, Ider

2008: Lindsey Dunlap, Hueytown

2007: Whitney Larsen, Vestavia Hills

2006: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2005: Tara Donaldson, Baker

2004: Anna Thompson, Grissom

2003: Holly Currie, Pisgah


Class 6A State Championship Series Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Beats Cullman 1-0 To Capture 6A State Baseball Championship

     MONTGOMERY –  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa junior shortstop Cole Frederick found himself at the plate with the bases loaded and the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s first game of the AHSAA Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series and delivered the game-winning hit as the Patriots of Coach Mark Garner won game one of the best-of-three series 4-3  versus defending state champion Cullman.
     Saturday afternoon, he found himself on the mound in the bottom of the seventh with his team clinging to a 1-0 lead and runners on second and third with the two outs and the Bearcats’ best hitter Owen Lovell at the plate.
     Lovell slammed a deep fly to center field which Jake Presley hauled in for the third out and Hillcrest (40-10) won its first state title since 2007 with the 1-0 win to sweep the series 2-0.
     Frederick, who played shortstop for five innings as starter and winning pitcher Noah Barnette (7-2) struck out one, walked two and limited the Bearcats’ tough lineup to four singles and no runs, pitched the final two innings allowing one hit, walking two and striking out two to get the save. Frederick earned 6A Series MVP for his effort.
     Cullman (40-13) got an outstanding pitching effort from starter Will Morrison (8-3), who hurled 6 1/3 innings, allowed four hits, one unearned run and struck out six. He yielded the game’s only run in the top of the sixth when Tyler Turner singled for Hillcrest’s first hit off the Cullman pitcher. Tyler moved all the way to third when Morrison’s pick-off attempt got by his first baseman. Turner then scored on Blake Robbins reached safely on a throwing error.
      Hillcrest loaded the bases in the seventh and Coach Brent Patterson brought in reliever Levi Thomas, who faced one batter getting the Patriots’ hitter to ground into an inning-ending double play.
   Turner, Pope, pinch hitter Michael Garner and Presley each had singles for the Patriots.
   Noah Fondren had two hits, Lovell, Trent Price and Jacob Heatherly had one each for the Bearcats.
   The 6A championship closed out the 2016 AHSAA Baseball Championships as Decatur Heritage (1A), Mobile Christian (2A), Madison Academy (3A), UMS-Wright (4A), Russellville (5A) and Hewitt-Trussville (7A) also won state titles this week.

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 6A State Championship Series Class 6A: Game 1 Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 4, Cullman 3

     MONTGOMERY –  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Cullman 4-3 Friday night at Paterson Field in game one of the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series. Game two moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. Game three will follow at approximately 7 p.m. if needed.
    Cullman (40-12) took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Hillcrest tied the game to set up the exciting finish. Coach Brent Patterson’s Bearcats took the lead again 3-2 in the top of the seventh before Coach Mark Garner’s Patriots scored twice to win.
     Michael Garner pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing three hits and three runs for Hillcrest. Reliever Tyler Frederick (5-1) got the final two outs in the seventh to get the win in relief. He faced three batters and struck out one.
    Cullman’s Jacob Heatherly pitched six innings allowing four hits and striking out four. Carter Bowen and Levi Thomas pitched in the seventh. Bowen (5-4) got the loss.
      Blake Robbins had a single and two RBIs for the Patriots. Frederick also had a hit, scored a run and drew a crucial walk. Sage Bailey also had a hit and scored a run, and Walt Bailey had two hits.
     Kolby Robinson had three hits as leadoff hitter for Cullman. Ben Smith had a pinch-hit single and RBI.
    All games are being live-streamed over 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.