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CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Springville 2, Scottsboro 0

     OXFORD – Springville High School captured the AHSAA Class 5A state softball championship Monday with a 2-0 win over Scottsboro in a game played at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park. The game was resume at Oxford after inclement weather forced suspension of the contest on Saturday night at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park.
    The Tigers (45-11-1) of Coach Brandon Easterwood battled out of the consolation bracket Saturday to beat Scottsboro (44-17), which emerged undefeated in the winner’s bracket to reach the championship game.  Springville won 11-1 in the first game, which forced the “if” game Saturday night. Rain interrupted the “if” game in the third inning with Springville leading 1-0.

    The contest resumed Monday morning at Choccolocco Park.  Springville won its third straight Class 5A softball championship behind a strong pitching performance from MVP Abby Swaney and stellar defense in the 2-0 victory.

     Swaney, who was selected the Class 5A state tourney Most Outstanding Player, struck out eight and scattered five hits in the shutout. The defense was superb, including a game-ending double-play when second baseman Courtney Long grabbed a fly ball in shallow left field, and then threw to first base to nab the Scottsboro runner who had strayed too far.
     Piper Long drove in the only run during Monday’s play with an infield single while Kaylee Chapman supplied the first RBI in Saturday’s action.
    Piper Long and Ashlyn Perrin each had two hits for the Tigers. Lexie Bennett led the Scottsboro offense with three hits.
    Swaney also hurled a four-hitter in the five-inning 11-1 Saturday win that forced the final game. Kaley Chapman had a home run and triple and four RBIs, including a home run, and Anderson Nolan had a homer, single and three RBIs to lead the Tigers in that win. Macy Kate Petriske had a single and RBI for Coach Robyn Johnson’ Wildcats.
   Springville finished 5-1 in the tournament with win over Marbury (3-0) and Rehobeth (15-7) before falling to Scottsboro 2-1 in the winner’s bracket finals. The Tigers then beat Moody (6-4) to set up the two final contests.  Scottsboro posted wins over Faith Academy (3-0), Hayden (10-2) and Springville to reach the championship contests.  

     All state-tournament boxscores are available on line at www.ahsaa.com. The final was live-streamed and is now archived at www.NFHSnetwork.com.
Class 5A All-State Tournament Team
Abby Swaney, Springville (MOP); McKenzie Brown, Springville; Kaylee Chapman, Springville; Anderson Nolan, Springville; Loren Grider, Scottsboro; Macy Kate Petriske, Scottsboro; Kylie Thackerson, Scottsboro; Shelby Waldrop, Scottsboro.



CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Springville vs. Scottsboro postponed until Monday

     MONTGOMERY – The 2017 Class 5A state tournament softball championship game between Springville and Scottsboro at Lagoon Park Saturday was suspended in the third inning Saturday and will resume Monday at 11 a.m. at Oxford Choccolocco Park. No admission will be charged.
    Scottsboro beat Springville 2-1 in the finals of the to the winners’ bracket, but the Lady Tigers came out of the loser’s bracket to beat the Lady Wildcats 11-1 Saturday to force the “if” game of the double-elimination tournament.
    Springville was leading 1-0 in the top of the third inning when rain forced suspension. The schools agreed to play the rest of the championship contest  Monday at Oxford.
    The NFHS Network, which live-streamed the first championship game Saturday, plans to live-stream the remaining innings Monday.
    The other six classifications completed championship play with Sumiton Christian winning the 1A state title; Hatton in 2A; Pisgah in 3A; Northside in 4A; Hazel Green in 6A; and Buckhorn in 7A.

CLASS 4A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Northside 4, Westminster Christian 0

     MONTGOMERY – Northside High School beat Westminster Christian in the winner’s bracket finals 2-1 and then beat the Wildcats again the championship game Saturday to claim the AHSAA 2017 Class 4A state softball tournament.
      Winning pitcher and 4A state tourney Most Outstanding Player Savannah Stamps hurled a four-hitter in the finals, walking none and striking out two for the Rams (43-17-1) of Coach Tommy Honeycutt. Carson Beatty was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI and Savannah Tidwell also had three hits with a solo homer. Catcher Destiny Noble also had a double for Northside.
   Westminster senior  Annie Willis scatter eight hits and struck out nine and got the loss. Amy Tillman had two hits including a double for Coach Mandy Lowman’s Wildcats (51-5-1).
    Northside also had wins over Cordova (12-4) and Alabama Christian (4-2).
    The Class 5A tournament was still underway Saturday with Springville and Scottsboro battling in the finals. All championship games have been live-streamed over the NFHS Network. All state-tournament boxscores are available on line at www.ahsaa.com.
Class 4A All-State Tournament Team
Savannah Stamps, Northside (MOP); Riley Grace Honeycutt, Northside; Carson Beatty, Northside; Gabby Hilliker, Northside; Destiny Noble, Northside;  Annie Willis, Westminster; Olivia Aycock, Westminster; Lauren McCoy, Westminster; Macy Kate Toon, Westminster.

CLASS 1A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Sumiton Christian 9-9, Brantley 3-8

     MONTGOMERY – Sumiton Christian, competing in Class 1A after capturing the Class 2A state championship the last two seasons, came out of the loser’s bracket to beat Brantley twice, 9-3 and finally 9-8, Friday night to clinch the 2017 AHSAA Class 1A state softball championship at Lagoon Park.
    Coach Jessica Adderholt’s Eagles (56-9) finished 6-1 in the tourney.  They opened with an 11-1 win over Marion County but lost in the second round to Pleasant Home 6-5. Sumiton then battled back to the finals with wins over Ragland (13-4), Spring Garden (13-6) and Pleasant Home (5-1) to set up the championship with three-time defending champion Brantley.
    Taylor Whisonant sparked the 9-3 victory with three hits and five RBIs. She had a homer, double and single and winning pitcher Kamree Lay also had three hits. Lay scattered eight hits and struck out one to get the win. Losing pitcher Leanna Johnson had two hits for Coach Cindy Hawthorne’s Bulldogs (51-5).
    Sumiton Christian trailed 8-6 after  Brantley rallied to post six runs in the top of the fifth. Olivia Jones delivered the big hit, her second triple of the game. The Eagles ralled for three runs in the sixth to seal the win.
     Whisonant drove two runs with one hit in the final game. Teammate Abbey Bice socked a solo homer, Anna Kate Tyree collected a double and three RBIs, Angel Whitlow doubled in two runs and Savanah Langston had two hits. Lay got the win again allowing eight hits and striking out six over seven innings.
    Losing pitcher Kassidy Wilcox had a double, single and two RBIs for Coach Cindy Hawthorne’s Bulldogs. She gave up seven hits, eight walks and struck out four in the loss. Jones finished with two triples and three RBIs. Brantley outscored Waterloo, Spring Garden and Pleasant Home 39-0 in three winner’s bracket victories before losing to Sumiton twice to close out the tournament.
   The state tourney continues Saturday for Classes 4A and 5A at Lagoon Park with all championship games set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. In one schedule change, the finals for both classes are scheduled to start at 1 p.m., with the “if” game to follow if needed at approximately 2:30.
Class 1A All-State Tournament Team
Taylor Whisonant, Sumiton Christian (MOP); Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian; Kendall Sides, Sumiton Christian; Savannah Langston, Sumiton Christian; Anna Calloway, Sumiton Christian; Leanna  Johnson, Brantley;  Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley; Olivia Jones, Brantley; Anna Katherine Kimbro, Brantley.

CLASS 7A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Buckhorn 5, Sparkman 0

     MONTGOMERY – Buckhorn High School (43-11) rolled to four straight wins at Lagoon Park to capture the 2017 Class 7A state softball championship Friday. Coach Alvin Rauls’ Lady Bucks beat their Madison County arch-rivals and defending state champion Sparkman 5-0 in the championship game.
     Zoie Emrick pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief to get the win. She allowed no hits or runs and struck out two. Starter Lauren Harbin started and allowed two hits over 2 2/3 innings.
    Emrick, was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Class 7A state tourney.
    Buckhorn took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and then scored four in the fifth frame with Jordan Evans’ three-run double the big hit. Courtney Marlow also had two hits and one RBI and scored twice. The Bucks also beat Fairhope 12-1, Tuscaloosa County 10-2 and Spain Park 7-1 to outscore all four opponents 34-4 in the state tourney.
     Cassidy Duskin got the loss for Sparkman (54-11). Taylor Davis and Amanda Shikoh each had a hit for the Senators, who lost in the first round to Baker 7-5 and then won four straight games in the loser’s bracket to reach the finals.
   The state tourney continues Friday and Saturday at Lagoon Park with all championship games set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Class 7A All-State Tournament Team
Zoie Emrick, Buckhorn (MOP); Sidney Edwards, Buckhorn; Kaylee Combs, Buckhorn; Laura Harbin, Buckhorn; Taylor Davis, Sparkman; Cassidy Duskin, Sparkman; Lily Calvert, Sparkman; MacKenzie Nutt, Buckhorn.


CLASS 6A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Finals: Hazel Green 4, Daphne 2

     MONTGOMERY – Hazel Green rolled through the winner’s bracket undefeated at 3-0, then rebounded from a 4-0 setback to Daphne to win the AHSAA Class 6A state softball championship 4-2 in the finals Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
     Daphne, 5-2 in the state tourney, rebounded from a loss to Gardendale in the second round to win four straight games – including the win over the Lady Trojans that forced the “if” game.
     Winning pitcher McKenzie Newcomb allowed nine hits but only two runs to lift Hazel Green to title. She also was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Hannah Hayes also had three hits while Maddie Cartron had a double and single to drive in one run.  Kelsey McPeters and Audrey Lewis added two hits each.
   Four players had two hits for Daphne – M.C. Sweatt, McKenna Pierce, Karsen Pierce and Jessica Stevens. McKenna and Karsen Pierce each had a double.
   The state tourney continues Friday and Saturday at Lagoon Park with all championship games set to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Class 6A All-State Tournament Team
McKenzie Newcomb, Hazel Green (MOP); Hannah Haze, Hazel Green;  Catherine Crabb, Hazel Green; Aubrey Lewis, Hazel Green; MaKenna Pierce, Daphne; Kennedy Cronan, Daphne; Lauren Ledbetter, Daphne.

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)