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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. 

LeFlore Removed from Softball Playoffs

   LeFlore High School has been fined, placed on probation and removed from the AHSAA Class 6A softball playoffs for playing an ineligible player in violation of the Academic Rule in the Class 6A, Area 1 tournament.
    LeFlore self-reported the violation.
    LeFlore forfeits all contests won that the ineligible student participated in.
    Blount will now represent Area 1 as runner-up in the South Regional Qualifier next week. 


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 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 6A Softball Championships Chelsea beats Oxford 3-1 in finals

     MONTGOMERY – Winning pitcher Sarah Cespedes hurled a complete-game four-hitter and struck out four to lead Chelsea to a 3-1 win over Area 10 rival Oxford  Friday night in the finals of the 2016 Class 6A State Softball Championships played at Lagoon Park.
     The Hornets (23-14) of Coach Russell McCartey went undefeated with four straight wins including identical 3-1 wins over Oxford  in the winner’s bracket finals and the championship game.
     Oxford led 1-0 after one inning when Taylor Ellison singled and scored on Sarah Howell’s single.   Chelsea tied the score in the top of fourth when one run and sealed the victory with two runs in the top of the seventh on Mallory Bradford’s home run.
      Alex Smithson added three hits, including a double, and scored a run. Tristan Ziannis also had two hits and Lexi Preisendorfer had one hit and an RBI.
     Howell had two hits and Oxford’s only run batted in.
    Chelsea beat Dothan (6-2), Southside-Gadsden (6-3) and Oxford twice to win its first state title since 2012.

Class 3A Softball Championships Hale County Repeats as 3A State Champs

      MONTGOMERY – Hale County High School downed Pisgah 6-2 Saturday afternoon at Lagoon Park in the finals of the 2016 AHSAA Class 3A State Softball Tournament to win the Wildcats’ third straight state championship.
     Sophomore Savanna Holmes hurled the complete-game championship game victory allowing nine hits, two runs and striking out four to get the win.  Harley Stokes slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the third to spark a five-run inning as Coach Lori Wyatt’s team took control 5-0.
    The Wildcats got seven hits off Pisgah pitchers Stephanie Schoonover and Leigha Kirby with junior Charlsey Payne collecting two RBIs and one hit. Madalynn Langham also had a double and single for Hale County.
    Pisgah got two hits each from Hannahstaysia Weaver, Macy Anderson and Kennedy Barron. Annie Hughes also had a single and RBI for the Coach Billy Duncan’s Eagles have won eight state titles with the last one coming in 2013 – the year before Hale County started its current run.
   Hale County met Pisgah in the first round of the state tournament winning 4-0. The Wildcats also beat Slocomb (7-2) and Dale County (9-2) to set up the final win over the Eagles.
    Pisgah won four straight games in the loser’s bracket to reach the finals. The Eagles had wins over Oakman, Plainview, Prattville Christian and Dale County.

Class 2A Softball Championships Sumiton Christian Wins State Crown over Ider

MONTGOMERY – Class 2A State Tournament MVP Kamree Lay scattered five hits and struck out six in a 9-3 win over Ider to lead Sumiton Christian to the AHSAA Class 2A State Softball championship at Lagoon Park Friday night.
    The Eagles, coached by Jessica Aderholt, went 4-0 in the 2016 State Tourney at Montgomery beating G.W. Long (8-2), Mars Hill Bible (9-6 in 11 innings), Ider (5-2 in eight innings) and finally the 9-3 victory over the Hornets in the championship game.
     Ider, coached by David Hughes, beat Horseshoe Bend (9-1), Mobile Christian (3-1) and G.W. Long (2-1) to set up the finals.
     Sumiton Christian pounded 14 hits with Lay going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Holly Murray and Abbie Brewster each had two hits, Jenna Ergle had two doubles and Savannah Langston had two hits.
     Shelby Hawkins had two hits, losing pitcher Kayla Norman had an RBI single, Kaylan Brown drove in two runs and Morgan Flynn had a double for Ider.
     The state title was the third for Sumiton Christian, winning in 2010 and 2015.
     Named to the Class 2A All-Tourney Team were: Kamree Lay, Sumiton Christian (MVP); Jenna Ergle, Kendell Beth Sides and Holly Murray, Sumiton Christian; MaKenzie Hughes, Kayla Norman, Crystal McElhaney and Shelby Hawkins, Ider; Lohgan Cripple, G.W. Long; Abbi Gooch, Mars Hill Bible; and Kennedy Ward, Mobile Christian.

AHSAA STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 1

CLASS 5A: Springville 6, Helena 2
   
Defending state champion Springville lost its first-round game to Beauregard 4-1, then clawed out of loser’s bracket by winning six straight games to claim the AHSAA Class 5A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
    The Lady Tigers (40-13) of Coach Chris Williams rebounded to beat Russellville (13-3), Rehobeth (3-2), Alexandria (9-0) and Marbury (5-0) to set up a showdown with winner’s bracket champion Helena (32-17). Springville won 6-3 in the finals to set up a second game in the double elimination tourney. The Lady Tigers scored six runs in the last two innings to win the state title over the Huskies 6-2.
    Winning pitcher Abby Swaney scattered seven hits and struck out three to get the win. Lead-off hitter Meg Sullivan slugged a two-run homer, Hanna Walker had one hit and two RBIs, Kaylee Chapman had three hits with a double and two runs scored, and Piper Long also had two hits or Springville.
    Helen’s Mekhi Mayfield had a double and single and Reagan Curtis had two hits for Coach Heidi Kouveras’ Huskies. Avery Barnett pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits and struck out one to get the championship game loss.

CLASS 4A: Curry 5, LAMP 0
   
Curry (44-4), coached by Phillip Smith, outscored four opponents 26-2 en route to the school’s first Class 4A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park. The Yellow Jackets beat LAMP of Montgomery 5-0 in the championship game as Class 4A tourney MVP Ashlee Swindle hurled a five-hit shutout and struck out 12. She walked only one.
    Swindle also slugged a two-run homer. Teammates Emily Aaron and Justus Perry also hit solo homers for the hard-hitting Jackets.  Reagan Watkins had one hit at the plate and pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the final-game loss.
     Curry went 4-0 in the state tourney beating Montgomery-Catholic (11-1), Handley (9-1) and Central-Florence (1-0) to reach the finals.  LAMP (44-6), coached by Anthony Norris, beat Carbon Hill (8-2), then lost to Central Florence (3-2) before battling out of the loser’s bracket with wins over Montgomery Catholic (1-0), Handley (3-1) and Central-Florence (5-2) to reach the championship game.
     Joining Swindle on the 4A All-Tourney Team were Perry, Aaron and Kaylee Horton of Curry, Watkins, Madison Lockwood and Courtney Ray of LAMP, Laken Distenfano of Central-Florence, Loni Veal, Handley, and Michaelyn Foster, Montgomery Catholic.

 

  • CLASS 1A: Brantley 5, Billingsley 1
       
    Brantley (37-10), coached by Cindy Hawthorne, avenged an earlier loss to Billingsley in the winner’s bracket finals to beat the Bears 5-1 to win the Bulldogs’ third straight AHSAA Class 1A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
         Leanna Johnson hurled a 3-hitter and struck out four to get the championship game win. Brantley came out of the loser’s bracket also beat Billingsley 4-1 to force the final game in the double-elimination tournament.
        Class 1A State Tourney MVP Alex Wilcox and Kassidy Wilcox each had a double and two-run homers to drive in all five runs for Brantley in the finals. Alex Wilcox had three RBIs.  Hannah Sims also had two hits.
        Billingsley (18-15), coached by J.T. Lawrence, sent Brantley to the loser’s bracket with a 1-0 win. The Bears also beat Decatur Heritage (6-5) and Ragland (8-1) to reach the championship.  Katlyn Childress pitched a complete game allowing seven hits and striking out six to get the championship game loss.  Kenzie Glass drove in Billingsley’s only run with a double in the second inning.
        Named to the Class 1A All-Tourney Team were: Olivia Jones, Brantley; Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley; Leanna Johnson, Brantley; Jessica Smart, Spring Garden; Emma Newman, South Lamar; Madison Motley, Billingsley; Casey Headly, Billingsley; Kelsie Elrod, Billingsley; Katlyn Childress, Billingsley.