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Class 6A State Softball Championships Wetumpka Downs Southside 3-2 in Final Game

MONTGOMERY –   Wetumpka edged Southside-Gadsden 3-2 in the AHSAA Class 6A state softball tournament championship game Saturday night at Lagoon Park to capture the school’s first state title.
    Coach Randy Belyeu’s Indians 42-8-1) reached the finals with a 6-4 win over Oxford, 5-1 victory over Saraland and a 6-1 win over Southside. The Panthers (42-7) of Coach Angie Sanders came out of the loser’s bracket to beat Wetumpka 5-4 to force a second game in the finals.
    Lauren Lett gave up nine hits and struck out one to get the win that sealed the state title for Wetumpka.  Class 6A state tournament MVP Destiny Brewer had three hits and two stolen bases to key the victory. Brewer finished 9-of-16 at the plate with six runs scored, a triple, five walks and six stolen bases in the Indians’ five games.
    Savannah Reaves added a double and single and Lindsey Johnson, who pitched two wins, had two hits each.  Claire Graves and Paiden Kircus had two hits apiece for Southside.
   Class 6A All-Tourney Team: Destiny Brewer, Wetumpka (MVP); Alex Christian, Wetumpka; Savannah Reaves, Wetumpka; Lauren Lett, Wetumpka; Paiden Kircus, Southside; Claire Graves, Southside; Savanna Yancey, Southside; Claire Jenkins, Cullman; Aspyn Goodwin, Daphne.

Class 2A State Softball Championships Sumiton Christian Beats Ider 8-7 in Finals

MONTGOMERY –   Sumiton Christian posted three straight one-run wins to capture the Eagles’ second state softball championship Saturday at Lagoon Park.
      The Eagles (48-11) opened play Friday with a 15-5 win over Zion Chapel and followed with a 5-4 victory over Mobile Christian to set up Saturday’s 6-5 win over Ider in the winners’ bracket finals and an 8-7 win in the AGSAA Class 2A state softball tournament championship game.
      Sophomore Jenna Ergle pitched the two wins over Ider Saturday, and sophomore Kendall Beth Sides hurled the first two wins Friday. Coach Jessica Aderhalt’s Eagles slugged 12 hits in the championship game with Ergle, the 2A state tournament MVP, collecting a double and single and two RBIs. Kendall Beth Sides, Savannah Langston and Abbie Brewster added two hits each in Sumiton’s 12-hit barrage.
    Ider (44-12), coached by David Hughes, was paced by Kayla Norman, who had a home run and single for three RBIs.
     Ergle was 8-of-14 with six RBIs and five runs scored over the four wins in the tourney. Kendall  Hamm was 7-of-15, including a 4-for-4 performance in the 15-5 win over Zion Chapel that included three doubles.
     The state title was the second Sumiton Christian. The Eagles’ last championship came in 2010.
   Class 12A All-Tourney Team: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian (MVP); Holly Murray, Sumiton Christian; Kendell Hamm, Sumiton Christian; Kendll Beth Sides, Sumiton Christian; Savannah Hood, Ider; Kayla Norman, Ider; Courtney Blevins, Ider; Hannah Brenton, Mobile Christian; Claire Boston, Hatton.

Class 1A State Softball Championships Brantley Wins 4 Straight to Claim 1A Crown

MONTGOMERY –   Brantley High School outscored four opponents 25-4 en route to four straight victories as the Lady Bulldogs won their second straight Class 1A state softball championship Friday at Lagoon Park.
      Coach Cindy Hawthorne’s Lady Bulldogs (33-10) opened the 1A state tournament with a 4-2 win over Spring Garden, beat Isabella 6-0, Athens Bible 5-2 and Isabella in the championship game 10-0.
      Winning pitcher Leanna Johnson hurled all four wins, including a two-hit five-inning shutout in the final game. She struck out nine. She finished the tournament with 42 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched with only 16 hits and four runs allowed.
     Johnson, a freshman, got plenty of hitting support from her teammates. Kassidy Wilcox had a home run, two doubles and two RBIs in the final Isabella win. Olivia Jones also had two singles and Alex Wilcox had a run-scoring double.
      Chelsea Cox got the loss for the Mustangs (21-13). Caley Booth and Cox got the only hits for Isabella.
     Kassidy Wilcox finished the tournament 8-of-14 with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs for Brantley to earn MVP honors.
   Class 1A All-Tourney Team: Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley (MVP); Leanna Johnson, Brantley; Sydnee Bryan, Brantley; Jessica Hermeling, Brantley; Caley Booth, Isabella; Chelsea Cox, Isabella; Kacie Adams, Isabella; Payton Traffanstedt, Spring Garden; Megan Davidson, Spring Garden. 

Class 3A State Softball Championships Hale County Beats Pisgah in Finals 9-3

   MONTGOMERY –   Hale County rode solid pitching and some clutch pitching to roll through the AHSAA Class 3A state softball tournament undefeated to claim the school’s second straight state softball championship Friday night.
     The Wildcats (34-10) pounded 11 hits in the championship game to beat Pisgah 9-3. Savanna Holmes pitched 4 2/3 innings to get the victory. She allowed four hits and struck out four.  Halle Payne pitched the final 2 1/3 innings allowing one hit and no runs.
      Sophomore Harley Stokes earned MVP honors collecting two hits and an  RBI in the finals.  Her solo homer in the eighth inning in the winners’ bracket finals gave Coach  Lori Wyatt’s Wildcats a dramatic 1-0 win to send them to the championship game.  Her solo homer in the top of the sixth inning  tied Hale County’s second win of the tourney, a 3-1 victory that went 10 innings over Colbert Heights. Kayla Wyatt drove in the winning runs in that contest with a single in the final frame.   Hale County also beat Oakman 3-2.
     Olivia McCray had three hits and Dakota Morrow had two home runs and three RBIs in the championship game win over Pisgah.  Baylee Rogers had two hits and two RBIs for the Eagles (39-10).
   Class 3A All-Tourney Team: Harley Strokes, Hale County (MVP); Dakota Morrow, Hale County; Kayla Wyatt, Hale County; Savanna Holmes, Hale County; Halle Payne, Hale County; Ashley Keith, Pisgah; Lily Womack, Pisgah; Baylee Rogers, Pisgah; Madi Moore, Winfield; Kaelyn Holt, Colbert Heights.

Class 5A State Softball Championships Springville Beats Hayden 2-0 in Finals

   MONTGOMERY –   Springville High School pitcher Abby Swaney pitched four straight wins in the 2015 AHSAA Class 5A state softball tournament to lead the Tigers (38-12) to their first fast-pitch state championship.
     Swaney, an eighth grader, beat Clay County-Central 2-1, Beauregard 10-1 and then blanked Hayden 3-0 in the winner’s bracket finals and 2-0 in the championship game.  The Wildcats (34-7) was the North Central Regional No. 1 qualifier and Springville was No. 2.
     Swaney had 14 straight shutout innings to close out the tourney for Coach Chris Williams’ team to earn MVP honors. She pitched 28 innings, allowed 17 hits, 2 runs, one earned run, walked five and struck out 26 for an 0.25 ERA. She allowed just two hits, no walks, struck out six in the championship game – facing only 23 batters.
     She allowed two hits in the final game, singles to Savannah Woodard and Meleah Hargett.  Sharley Miller started for Hayden and pitched two scoreless innings before yielding to Chloe Kirkland, who hurled thde final five innings allowing four hits and two runs.
    Springville got both runs in the top of the seventh with Meg Sullivan doubling in a run and Katie Emmal singling in Sullivan.
   Class 5A All-Tourney Team: Abby Swaney, Springville (MVP); Meg Sullivan, Springville; Hanna Walker, Springville; Rian Brown, Springville; Sydney Daugherty, Beauregard; Megan Hill, Lawrence County; Sharley Miller, Hayden; Brooke Meadows, Hayden; Tori Knighten, Hayden; Savannah Woodard, Hayden.

CLASS 7A STATE SOFTBALL FINALS Baker Beats Sparkman in Finals 12-1

     Baker of Mobile pounded 13 hits in the championship game Friday to beat Sparkman 12-1 in the AHSAA Class 7A state softball tournament at Lagoon Park. The 7A state championship was the fourth in school history for Coach Tony Scarborough’s Honey Bees (47-6-1).
        Baker went through the 7A competition unbeaten with four wins. Jordan Holifield hurled all six innings to get the championship game win. She allowed six hits and struck out three.  Lexie Mathis had three hits and drove in three runs to earn Class 7A state tournament MVP honors. Her ground-rule double in the top of the third inning drove in two runs as Baker scored six runs to take control. 
       Amberly Montgomery also had three hits and two RBIs, Lacey Sumerlin collected two hits, scored three runs and had two RBIs, and Delaney Thomas also had two hits and drove in two runs. Lead-off hitter Mary Hannah Smith had a double and scored twice.
    Taylor Davis had two hits for Sparkman, the Class 6A state champions in 2013 and 2014.
    Class 7A All-Tourney Team: Lexie Mathis, Baker; Lacey Sumerlin, Baker; Mary Hannah Smith, Baker; Taylor Davis, Sparkman; Page Bannerman, Sparkman; Amanda Shikoh, Sparkman; Destiny Wright, Buckhorn; Haley Crumpton, Thompson.

Softball, Baseball Teams Named For 2015 North-South Games

      The 2015 North-South all-star softball and baseball teams for the 19th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition were announced Friday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The softball and baseball teams are each comprised of 18 current junior student-athletes from across the state. Both will play Tuesday, July 21-softball at Lagoon Park, site of the AHSAA state softball tournament, and baseball at Riverwalk Stadium, site of the AHSAA state baseball championship series.
       The teams were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 19th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 20-25, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in soccer, basketball and volleyball. The 56th North-South All-Star football game will be played the previous week and is set for Friday, July 17, at Cramton Bowl.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long conference 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 conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2014-15 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2014-15 Making A Difference Award Recipients, Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 24.
      Concluding the week will be the 19th annual Officials Awards Banquet set for July 25 at noon. The featured speaker for 2015 will be Joe Dean, Jr., Birmingham-Southern athletic director and college basketball TV sports commentator.
      Coaching the South All-Stars in the baseball competition are Talley Haines of Mobile Christian, Shawn Gilmer of Enterprise, Jeff Cameron of Hale County and Roy Dixon of Central-Phenix City. Trinity’s Ken Whittle is the administrative coach.
      North coaches are Bubba Roberts of Clay-Chalkville, James Blanchard of Piedmont, Tyrus Moss of Parker and Mike Good of Madison Academy. Administrative coach is Keith Lucky of St. James.
     The North, which holds an 18-11-1 
edge in the series which dates back to 1997, split with the South in last year’s doubleheader.
     Coaches for the South Softball All-Stars are Brandon Cobb of Beauregard and Summer Chandler of Rehobeth. Susan Barnes will serve as the South’s administrative coach.     
      The North All-Stars will be coached by Ted Swinney of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Brad James of Colbert Heights. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the North administrative coach. 
      The South and North tied game one and the South won game two last year.  The North currently holds a 22-9-3 advantage in the series which also began in 1997.
      The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA). Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.

      The rosters:


2015 SOFTBALL ROSTERS

 

 

NORTH ALL-STARS

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Ellison Barrett

Florence

P

5'6

 

Rian Brown

Springville

1B

5'5

 

Makayley Cain

Athens

C

5'5

 

Hope Cain

Hartselle

P/1B

5'4

 

Kaitlyn Crocker

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

SS

5'4

 

Madison Daniel

Wilson

OF

5'10

 

Madison Dorsett

Hewitt-Trussville

SS

5'7

 

Kaylee Horton

Curry

SS

5'6

 

Claire Jenkins

Cullman

SS

5'8

 

Callie Kay

Ragland

Utl.

5'6

 

Megan Miller

Buckhorn

C

5'5

 

Sharley Miller

Hayden

P

5'9

 

Bailey Murphy

Hewitt-Trussville

P

5'7

 

Sydney Sanders

West Morgan

C

5'7

 

Ashlee Swindle

Curry

P

5'8

 

Kynadi Tipler

Spain Park

3B

5'7

 

Hannahstaysia Weaver

Pisgah

OF

5'2

 

Rilee White

Cold Springs

P

5'6

 

COACHES

 

 

Ted Swinney

Hillcrest - Tuscaloosa

 

Brad James

Colbert Heights

 

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones - Admin.

 

 

 

SOUTH ALL-STARS

 

 

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

 

Baleigh Boltz

Theodore

OF

5'10

 

Elissa Brown

Elmore County

SS

5'4

 

Sydney Daugherty

Beauregard

3B

5'4

 

Katie Hale

Citronelle

3B

5'3

 

Shelbie Horne

Alabama Christian

OF

5'2

 

Cassidy Huff

Saraland

C

5'2

 

Raygan Larson

Rehobeth

P

5'5

 

Brittany Lee

Enterprise

P

5'4

 

Sara Lowther

Davidson

IF

5'4

 

Alexis Marchozzi

Rehobeth

SS

5'6

 

Brittney Minor

Leroy

P

5'5

 

Lily Ritzel

Florala

P

5'6

 

Mary Smith

Baker

CF

5'4

 

Alyson Smith

Smiths Station

C

5'8

 

Kennedy Ward

Mobile Christian

SS

5'8

 

Mykaela Watt

Prattville

OF

5'8

 

Katie Webb

Central - Phenix City

IF

5'5

 

Chloe Yeager

Indian Springs

P

5'11

 

 

 

COACHES

 

 

Brandon Cobb

Beauregard

 

Summer Chandler

Rehobeth

 

Susan Barnes

Elba - Admin.

 

 

2015 BASEBALL ROSTERS

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Will Acuff

Madison Academy

IF

6'1

155

Graham Ashcraft

Huntsville

IF - P

6'2

205

Joel Ballard

Parker, A. H.

OF

6'0

165

Chase Beggs

Hokes Bluff

IF - P

5'11

185

Bayley Blanchard

Piedmont

IF

6'1

185

Cody Dodd

Alexandria

P

6'2

208

John Hartman, V

Mountain Brook

OF

6'0

190

Heath Haskins

Thompson

OF

5'10

220

Thomas Johns

Clay-Chalkville

IF

6'0

225

John Kirby

Hamilton

OF

6'1

170

Walker McCleney

Mortimer Jordan

OF

5'9

160

Robert Potter

Vestavia Hills

P

6'2

210

Koleman Powell

Oneonta

IF

5'11

170

Kolby Robinson

Cullman

IF

5'10

160

Branton Sanders

Northridge

IF

5'11

195

Drake Seal

Colbert County

C

5'9

215

Jackson Tavel

Corner

P

6'4

190

Dylan Wiggins

Ranburne

IF - P

6'0

185

COACHES

Bubba Roberts

Clay-Chalkville

James Blanchard

Piedmont

Tyrus Moss

A. H. Parker

Mike Good

Madison Academy

Keith Lucky

Saint James - Admin.

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Robert Adams

Trinity Presbyterian

IF

6'2

180

Hunter Avery

Mobile Christian

IF - P

6'1

210

Grant Barber

UMS-Wright

IF

5'9

170

Austin Chastang

Bayside Academy

IF - P

6'2

215

Davis Daniel

Saint James

IF - P

6'2

180

Jacob Evans

St. Paul's

C

5'11

200

Cody Herring

Wetumpka

IF - P

6'3

185

Brady Johnson, Jr.

Houston Academy

C

5'10

200

Cal Jones

Dadeville

OF

6'0

180

Matthew Lowery

Northview

P

6'1

220

Chris Manley

Opelika

OF

5'7

140

Deacon Medders

Hale County

IF

6'3

188

Hunter Stokes

Spanish Fort

IF

6'1

170

Michael Taylor

Alabama Christian

C

5'9

170

Trevor Wallace

Maplesville

IF

5'11

160

Parker Warren

Enterprise

P

5'9

175

Jermond Williams

Central - Phenix City

OF

5'10

175

Banks Woodley

Jemison

OF- P

6'0

200

COACHES

Talley Haines

Mobile Christian

Shawn Gilmer

Enterprise

Jeff Cameron

Hale County

Roy Dixon

Central - Phenix City

Ken Whittle

Trinity - Admin.


High School Baseball, Softball Rules Changes Approved

INDIANAPOLIS — Beginning with the 2015 high school baseball season, teams will be allowed to use video monitoring or replay equipment for coaching purposes during games.

This revision to Rule 3-3-1 was one of five changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Previously, video equipment was permitted but it could not be used during games for coaching purposes.

“With advancements in technology, it was extremely difficult for officials to determine if teams were using video replay during games,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and educational services and liaison to the Baseball Rules Committee. “The committee determined it was the right time to permit teams to use these technological aids if they so choose.”

In softball, two rules changes were recommended by the NFHS Softball Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rules 1-6-1 and 1-7-1 were revised to state that the batting helmet and the catcher’s helmet shall have a non-glare surface (not mirror-like).

Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials education and liaison to the Softball Rules Committee, said the committee instituted these changes because helmets that are mirror-like in nature are distracting and could be dangerous for other players.

In other baseball rules changes, the committee expanded the definition of interference in Rule 2-21 to include follow-through interference and backswing interference.

Rule 2-21-4 will state that “follow-through interference is when the ball hits the catcher after the batter has swung at a pitch and hinders action at home plate or the catcher’s attempt to play on a runner,” and Rule 2-21-5 will state that “backswing interference is when a batter contacts the catcher or his equipment prior to the time of the pitch.”

Hopkins said that follow-through interference and backswing interference are separate and distinct acts that previously were not addressed in Rule 2-21. The rule previously covered offensive, umpire and spectator interference.

The rules committee approved a change in Rule 1-5-1 regarding the batting helmet to be consistent with the rule for helmets used by defensive players. As is the case with head protection worn by field players, the batting helmet now must have a non-glare surface (cannot be mirror-like in nature) and meet the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture.

The definition of a foul ball in Rule 2-16-1 was expanded to be consistent with language elsewhere in the rules book. Specifically, Rule 2-16-1f will now state that a foul is a batted ball “that hits the batter in the batter’s box.” Article “g” will state that a foul is a batted ball “that hits the ground or home plate and then hits the batter or the bat which is held by the batter while he is in the batter’s box.”

The final change approved by the Baseball Rules Committee involves the following additional language to Courtesy Runner Rule No. 1: “In the event that the offensive team bats around, the pitcher and/or catcher who had a courtesy runner inserted on their behalf may bat in their normal position in the batting order.”

Baseball is the fourth-most popular sport for boys at the high school level with 474,791 participants in 15,632 schools during the 2012-13 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Fast-pitch softball is the fifth-most popular sport for girls at the high school level with 362,488 participants in 15,067 schools during the 2012-13 season.