GAME 2: Sweet Water 8, Spring Garden 0
MONTGOMERY -- Defending state champion Sweet Water downed Spring Garden 8-0 in the opening game of the AHSAA Class 1A State Baseball Championship Series which got underway Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
Coach John Gluschick’s Bulldogs (28-9) got a super performance from senior pitcher Jonah Smith (14-2). He hurled a two-hitter, walked none and struck out 10 to get the win. Austin Slayton went the distance for Coach Barrett Ragsdale’s Panthers (26-10) allowing 12 hits and striking out four.
Sweet Water got two runs in each of the first two innings to take the lead for good. Smith slugged a double and two singles to drive in three runs for the Bulldogs. Braiden Broussard added two hits and two RBIs and Shamar Lewis had a single and two RBIs.
Riley Austin and Luke Welsh each managed a hit for Spring Garden.
The series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Thursday morning at 10 a.m. with game three, if needed, to follow 30 minutes after conclusion. The series is best 2-of-3.
Mobile Christian (27-9) and Lauderdale County (22-14-1) squared off at 7 p.m. in the Class 3A series opener Wednesday night.
All championship series games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The AHSAA Softball Championships will continue at Lagoon Park Thursday morning with first games set for 9 a.m. The 56-team, seven-classification state tourney will conclude Saturday.
MONTGOMERY -- Andalusia rebounded from a 6-3 loss to Hokes Bluff in game one of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Tuesday night by sweeping the Eagles 2-1 and 10-6 at Riverwalk Stadium as the Bulldogs captured the school’s first-ever state baseball title.
The loss Tuesday at Paterson Field snapped a 19-game winning streak. Coach Tyler Dent’s Bulldogs (30-5) started a new streak in game two, however, senior Ethan Wilson, the series MVP, tossing a three-hitter in the 2-1 win. Game three, however, became a matter of timely hitting.
Tied at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning, Gil Morgan’s double drove in the go-ahead run and Hogan Nichols singled in a run two came across thanks to wild pitches as the Bulldogs took a 7-3 lead.
Coach Mike Robertson’s Eagles (28-8) cut the lead to 7-6 with three unconventional runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth -- coming on a bases-loaded walk to Caleb McGinnis, a hit-by-pitch by Peyton Moore and a sacrifice fly by Dylan Teague.
Andalusia answered with a run in the sixth thanks to Nichols’ RBI single, and scored two in the seventh when Garrett Davis drilled a single to plate two runs.
Starting pitcher Chip Morgan (3-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the win with his brother Gill Morgan shutting out Hokes Bluff over the final 2 2/3 innings to notch the save. Weston Ball (1-1) got the loss in relief.
The Eagles’ trip to the finals was the first since winning six state crowns in a row from 2003-08.
Game 2: Andalusia 2, Hokes Bluff 1
Pitchers Ethan Wilson of Andalusia and Payton Lemons of Hokes Bluff battled it out in game two of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday afternoon to set up the third game of the best 2-of-3 series.
Wilson (12-0), a senior left-hander, tossed a complete-game three-hitter to notch the win. He walked three and struck out six -- battling back from an ankle injury in the third inning when he accidentally stepped on the catcher’s mask while covering behind the plate on a play. He had his ankle taped, however, came back in with his ankle taped tightly and got out of a jam. He got stronger in the late innings to close out with the complete-game win.
Lemons pitched six innings, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Andalusia (29-5), which had a 19-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in a 6-3 lost to the Eagles (28-7) in game one at Paterson Field, posted both runs in the top of the third. Gil Morgan started the rally getting hit by a pitch. Wilson grounded into a force play with Morgan making the second out at second base. Wilson stole second, however, and scored on Garrett Davis’ double down the left field line. Davis then scored on on a wild pitch for what turned out to be the winning run.
Hokes Bluff right fielder Jace Stewart turned in the defensive gem of the game in the bottom of the fourth when he threw out Will Clark at the plate trying to score on a single by J.W. Jones. Catcher Houston Edwards caught the ball just up the line and tagged Clark as he slide into home.
GAME 1: Hokes Bluff 6, Andalusia 3
MONTGOMERY -- Left-hander Dylan Teague (11-3) hurled a six-hitter and struck out five to lead Hokes Bluff to a 6-3 win over Andalusia in game one of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series which got underway Tuesday night at Paterson Field.
Coach Mike Robertson’s Eagles (28-6), making their first state finals appearance since winning six state titles in a row from 2003-08, also got a big game at the plate from catcher Houston Edwards, who had two hits and two RBIs. Koby Addison added two hits and Weston Ball had a single, RBI and scored two runs.
Teague walked just one and through just over 100 pitches for the night.
Andalusia (28-5), which came into the series 8-0 in four playoff series, took an early 2-0 lead with starting pitcher Jacob Cravey (10-1) driving in two runs with one hit. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits and struck out five. It was his first loss of the season and Andalusia’s first setback since March..
Chip Morgan also had two hits for Coach Tyler Dent’s Bulldogs. Garrett Davis also had an RBI single and Ethan Wilson (11-0), who is expected to pitch game two Wednesday, had one hit and one run scored.
The series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 4 p.m. Game three, if needed, will follow completion of game two in the best 2-of-3 championship series.
Defending state champion Sweet Water (27-9) and Spring Garden (26-9) open the Class 1A series Wednesday at Paterson Field at 4 p.m. Mobile Christian (27-9) and Lauderdale County (22-14-1) square off at 7 p.m. in the Class 3A series opener.
All championship series games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The AHSAA Softball Championships also get underway at Lagoon Park Wednesday morning with first games set for 9 a.m. The 56-team, seven-classification state tourney will continue through Saturday.
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The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of former Eufaula High School basketball coach Jack Powell and joins with its member schools in offering condolences and to his family
Powell, 96, died Saturday in Abbeville.
Powell spent 18 of his 20 years in high school coaching at Eufaula where his teams compiled a 364-178 record, advanced to the state tournament nine times and won a state championship in 1953. He also coached at Livingston State University.
Powell was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. The old Eufaula high school gym named in his honor serves as home of the Jack Powell Youth Basketball League. He is a graduate of Pleasant Home High School and Auburn University.
Funeral services will be Saturday at First Baptist Church in Eufaula with visitation from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the service.
Mountain Brook’s Sargent, Randolph’s Morard Each Shoot 64 to pace the 80th AHSAA State Golf Tourney
MUSCLE SHOALS – Mountain Brook shot a blistering 19-under 269 as a team Monday at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s “Fighting Joe” course to take an 11-stroke lead over defending Class 7A state champion Spain Park after the first round of the 80th annual AHSAA State Golf Championships.
Gordon Sargent fired an 8-under 64 for the best round of the day -- and tying for the second lowest round in the tournament’s long history. John Hilliard Cantanzaro of Westbrook Christian shot a 63 last year and Kyle Cornelius of St. Paul’s Episcopal had a 63 in 2016 for the low rounds.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Michaela Morard equaled Sargent’s low round with a girls’ state tourney record 64 in the Class 4A/5A girls’ division. Morard, who was low medalist for Huntsville in the 7A tourney in 2015 and 2016, sat out last season after transferring to Randolph School.
The Spartans were red hot with William Wann and Reynolds Lambert shooting 67 and Mac Scott a 1-under 71 to round out the Mountain Brook’s top four. Ethan Hagood shot a 67 and Nick Dunlap 70 to pace the Jaguars. McGill-Toolen was third at 4-over 292 and Auburn was three back at 295.
Price Brown shot a 69 for McGill. Thirteen of the 24 golfers shot par or better with the highest score of the day just 79.
The 36-hole state tourney for all classes concludes Tuesday.
Class 6A Boys
Defending state champion Muscle Shoals totaled 8-over 296 Monday to take the first day lead at the Class 6A state tourney at The Shoals. Homewood was two strokes back at 298, Fort Payne shot 311 and Benjamin Russell 313 to round out the team scoring.
Fort Payne’s Dawson Garrett shot 5-under 67 for the low round of the day in Class 6A. Patrick Minor of Jasper was three shots back at 2-under 70, Muscle Shoals’ Thomas Regan and Homewood’s Jack Goldasich were 3 strokes back at 1-under 71.
Class 5A Boys
Russellville’s Josh Boutwell and Brooks’ Justin Olive each fired 4-under 68 Monday to lead the field after day one of the AHSAA’s Class 5A boys golf tournament being held at the Robert Trent Jones Shoals Golf Club’s Schoolmaster Course in Muscle Shoals. St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Will McFadden was one shot back with a 3-under 69 and Saints teammate Blake Bahos carded an even par 72.
Defending St. Paul’s shot 11-over 299 to take the first-day lead of the 36-hole tournament which concludes Tuesday. Russellville was nine strokes back at 308, followed by Briarwood Christian (318) and Scottsboro (318).
Classes 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A boys and all girls’ divisions were still on the course Monday afternoon at 2:30.