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CLASS 4A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Hale County 13, Wilson 2

Hale County 13, Wilson 2

MONTGOMERY – Hale County downed Wilson 13-2 in the 2018 AHSAA Class 4A State Softball Tournament at Lagoon Park Friday night to win its fourth state championship since 2014.
    Coach Lori Wyatt’s team scored five runs in the second inning and four each in the third aknd fourth innings to beat the Warriors (49-5) of Coach Laura Jo McFall. Wilson forced the final game after emerging from the loser’s bracket to beat Hale County 10-7 to force the second game of the finals.
    Freshman pitcher Emily LaFoy allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two in the final game to get the win for Hale County (37-18). She was named MVP of the Class 4A state tourney. Senior teammate Olivia McCray had a triple and double and drove in four runs for the Wildcats. Kayla Wyatt had a triple and single and scored twice, Savanna Holmes had one hit and three RBIs, LaFoy had one hit and three runs scored for the winners.
    Johnna Staggs started and got the loss for Wilson. McKenzie Walker had a double and Staggs had an RBI to pace the Warriors.
    Hale County, which won three state titles in a row from 2014-16, also downed Alabama Christian 1-0, Wilson 18-11 and North Jackson 15-9 in the winner’s bracket.
   The Warriors opened with a 5-2 victory over Cherokee County, then moved to the loser’s bracket after the second-round loss to Hale County. Wilson then beat Cordova 10-2, Alabama Christian 7-3 and North Jackson 11-5 before beating the Wildcats 10-7 to force the final game.
    The AHSAA 24th annual fast-pitch state tourney will conclude Saturday with Classes 2A and 6A finals set for 2 p.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming both over the NFHS Network. Go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com to access or subscribe.

   CLASS 4A ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
  
Emily LaFoy, Hale County (MVP); Savanna Holmes, Hale County; Madalynn Langham, Hale County; Olivia McCray, Hale County; Johnna Staggs, Wilson; Taylor Brown, Wilson; Karlee Liverett, Wilson; Sidney Bevis, Wilson; Josie Thompson, North Jackson.

   


CLASS 3A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Prattville Christian 7, Geneva 1

Prattville Christian 7, Geneva 1

MONTGOMERY – Prattville Christian rolled undefeated through the 2018 AHSAA Class 3A State Softball Tournament at Lagoon Park beating Geneva 7-1 in the championship game Friday night as the Panthers claimed their first AHSAA state title.
   Freshman pitcher Landyin McAnally pitched a two-hitter in the final game and struck out eight to get the win. She was also named the 3A state tourney MVP.
   Coach Randy Stough’s Panthers (41-12) beat Opp 4-1, Plainview 6-4 and Geneva 8-5 in the winner’s bracket finals. Geneva (33-22) opened the tourney with wins over American Christian (5-2) and Locust Fork (9-4) before falling into the loser’s bracket. Coach Brent Johnson’s team downed Plainview 12-9 to advance to the finals.
    PCA took a 5-0 lead early off starting Geneva pitcher Jaylee Stough, who gave up 10 hits, four earned runs and struck out two. McAnally gave up a run to Geneva in the bottom of the sevenkth when Anslee Finch slugged a solo home run. Avery Nance had the other hit.
    Hannah Thrift had a double and drove in four runs to pace Prattville Christian. Paisley Wilson, Carolyn Carter and McKenzie Montgomery also had two hits each. Carter had two doubles.
    The AHSAA 24th annual fast-pitch state tourney will conclude Saturday with Classes 2A and 6A finals set for 2 p.m. The NFHS Network will be live-streaming both over the NFHS Network. Go to www.nfhsnetwork.com to access or subscribe.

   CLASS 3A ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
  
Landyn McAnally, Prattville Christian (MVP); Madison Hanson, Prattville Christian; Kathkryn Fallen, Prattville Christian; Carolyn Carter, Prattville Christian; Anslee Finch, Geneva; Chloe Nance, Geneva; Jesselyn Culverhouse, Geneva; Kenzi Taylor, Plainview.

CLASS 7A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Fairhope 8, Spain Park 6

Fairhope 8, Spain Park 6

MONTGOMERY – Fairhope lost its first game of the Class 7A State Softball Tournament to Prattville 4-0 on Wednesday, then stormed out of the loser’s bracket to win six games in a row to claim the Pirates’ first state title in school history.
    Coach Chuck Nelson’s team beat Spain Park (41-11), which came out of the winner’s bracket undefeated, 7-5 and 8-6 in two marathon games in the finals.  Fairhope (47-7) also beat Hewitt-Trussville, Buckhorn, Mary Montgomery and Smiths Station to make the unlikely climb to the state title Thursday at Lagoon Park.
    Winning pitcher Emma Kropp allowed eight hits and struck out eight in the final game. Annabelle Widra allowed 10 hits and struck out 10 in the setback for the Jaguars of Coach C.J. Hawkins.
   Jaden Morace had three hits, Bella Wiggins had a double and three RBIs, Alea Johnson had a double and single and one RBI and Madison Koger drove in two runs with one hit for Fairhope. Johnson was named the Class 7A state tourney MVP.
   Spain Park, also battling for its first state crown, got a double and two RBIs from Alexis Johnson, two hits from Caroline Wooley, and a single and RBI from Maddie Majors in the final game.
   The 24th AHSAA State Tourney continues Friday and will conclude Saturday.
CLASS 7A ALL STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Alea Johnson, Fairhope (MVP); Jaden Morace, Fairhope; Bella Wiggins, Fairhope; Samantha Yarbrough, Fairhope; Emma Knopp, Fairhope; Bailey Bowers, Spain Park; Maddie Majors, Spai Park; Alexis Johnson, Spain Park; Annabelle Widra, Spain Park.

CLASS 5A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Springville 3, Moody 0

Springville 3, Moody 0

MONTGOMERY – Springville’s Lady Tigers came out of the loser’s bracket to beat St. Clair County rival Moody 8-4 and 3-0  in the finals Thursday night to capture the school’s fourth straight Class 5A state softball championship at Lagoon Park.
    It marked the third straight year the Lady Tigers have battled out of the loser’s bracket to win the 5A state title. The four straight is one shy of the state record set by Class 3A Pisgah from 2001-05 and ties the four won by Hatton from 2010-13.
    Springville 46-7-1), coached by Brandon Easterwood, opened the tourney beating Alexandria 3-0 but was sent to the loser’s bracket Moody in a 5-3 setback. That set the Tigers on a five-game comeback effort that included two straight one-run wins over Mortimer Jordan (4-3) and Alexandria (5-4), followed by an 11-7 victory over Rehobeth.
   Springville beat Moody 8-4 in the first game of the finals, then won the title with a 3-0 shutout win over the Blue Devils.
    Abby Swaney hurled a five-hit shutout in the final game, walking three and striking out four to get the win. She was named MVP of the 5A state tourney. Moody’s Madison Sanders yielded 11 hits over seven innings to get the loss.
    Makalyn Kyser slugged a solo homer and single, Kaylee Chapman and Heather Levan each had two hits and an RBI and Dakota Dorsett had three hits for the Tigers.
    Sidney Wagnon had two hits for Moody (36-19), coached by Becky Seymour.
    Upon completion of the game and trophy presentations, nine Moody seniors were awarded their high school diplomas in the infield at Lagoon Park by school administrators as both teams, their fans and parents looked on.
CLASS 5A ALL STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Abby Swaney, Springville (MVP); McKenzie Brown, Springville; Makalyn Kyser, Springville; McKenzie Spivey, Springville; Madison Sanders, Moody; Sidney Wagnon, Moody; Lilly Crowe, Moody; Sydney Pybus, Rehobeth.

CLASS 1A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Brantley 5, Sumiton Christian 1

Brantley 5, Sumiton Christian 1

MONTGOMERY – Brantley senior pitcher Leanna Johnson hurled a two-hitter and struck out 10 in the championship game of the AHSAA’s 24th annual State Fast-Pitch Softball Championship’s Class 1A competition and the Lady Bulldogs beat defending state champion Sumiton Christian 5-1.
   The championship for Coach Cindy Hawthorne’s girls was the fourth in the last five years. Brantley won the 1A title in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Sumiton, which won the 2A championship in 2015 and 2016, won the 1A crown last year.
    Johnson earned MVP honors as Brantley (53-4) went 4-0 at Lagoon Park Wednesday and Thursday. The Bulldogs opened with a 10-0 win over Isabella, an 8-0 triumph over South Lamar and a 3-0 win the Sumiton in the winner’s bracket finals. The Eagles (39-22) beat Sweet Water (27-14) 12-1 in the consolation bracket finals to set up the championship game with the Bulldogs. The Eagles and Bulldogs met in the first round with Sumiton winning 5-4 innings.
    The Eagles scored in the top of the first inning in the finals – the only run allowed by Brantley all tourney, when Amber Hayes led off the game with a solo home run. Johnson only allowed on other hit, a single by Taylor Whisonant.
    Brantley took the lead with in the bottom of the fourth off Eagles hurler Anna Calloway with two runs. The Bulldogs added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth – all on home runs. Hannah Sims slugged a homer in the fourth, Kayden Dunn had two-run blast in the fifth and Olivia Jones had a solo homer in the sixth. Kassidy Wilcox finished with three hits for Brantley.

   CLASS 1A ALL-TOURNEY TEAM
  
Leanna Johnson, Brantley (MVP); Anna Katherine Kimbro, Brantley; Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley; Hannah Sims, Brantley; Taylor Whisonant, Sumiton Christian; Amber Hayes, Sumiton Christian; Anna Calloway, Sumiton Christian; Eve Myers, Sweet Water.



Baker High School Self-Reports Eligibility Violation and Removes Team from Regional Tourney

MONTGOMERY – Baker High School has self-reported a violation of AHSAA eligibility rules and has voluntarily removed its softball team from the South Regional Qualifier tournament.
  A student-athlete in Baker’s softball program participated in eight tournaments, junior varsity and varsity combined, during the 2018 regular season exceeding the maximum tournaments allowed in violation of AHSAA rules found on page 44 of the 2017-18 AHSAA Handbook, Rule III, Contests, Section 13, Contest/Tournament limitations.
   The rule states:  A
student may participate in the number of contests his/her team is permitted to play in that sport. If a student participates on more than one level of competition in the same sport during the same season, the maximum number of contests that the student may participate in is the number of contests his/her highest-level team is permitted to play.
   Schools are permitted to play (a maximum) 18 regular-season games and in seven tournaments prior to area, sub-regional, regional and State Finals play. Consequently, the student-athlete participated ineligibly in Class 7A, Area 1 tournament and one game in the South Regional Softball Tournament.  BHS must forfeit all games won in which the ineligible student participated. The season has now ended for the softball team.


2018 North-South Softball All-Star Teams Announced for July’s All-Star Sports Week

   MONTGOMERY -- All-star squads for the 2018 All-Star Sports Week’s North-South girls’ fast-pitch softball games have been selected.
     A total of 36 outstanding juniors--18 on each team--were chosen from nominations submitted by high school coaches from across the state to participate at the 22th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 17 -- 19, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     The North-South softball doubleheader will be at Lagoon Park Tuesday, July 17, with the first game set for 6 p.m. The second game will following 30 minutes after its conclusion at approximately 8 p.m. 
     Coaching the South team is Mark Eubanks of Jeff Davis and Todd Clements of Eufaula. Susan Barnes of Elba is the administrative coach. North coaches are Ann Welsh of Spring Garden and Al Rauls of Buckhorn. Kent Chambers of Bob Jones is the administrative coach.  Rauls, who led the Lady Bucks to the Class 7A state crown last season, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame last March in the Class of 2018.
      In last year’s all-star competition, the North won game one 12-6 and the South won the nightcap 11-1. The North holds a 25-10-3 edged in the series that was first played in 1997.
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state games in baseball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country and football. The 59th North-South All-Star football game will close out the all-star competition Thursday night, July 19, 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 2017-18 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2018 Making A Difference Award recipients, 2017-18 Coaches of the Year and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 20.
      Concluding the week will be the annual Officials Awards luncheon set for Saturday, July 21.

    The softball rosters:

 

 

 

2018 North-South Softball Teams

SOUTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Olivia Baker

G. W. Long

P/1B

5'9

BreAnna Barlow

Excel

P/SS

5'7

Caroline Brandt

Auburn

P/1B

5'11

Kahalley Brooks

Baldwin County

P/C

5'7

Tatiyanna Brown

Jeff Davis

OF

5'4

Olivia Coaker

Gulf Shores

IF/P

5'7

Tia Coleman

Theodore

C/1B

6'0

Kaylyn Dismukes

Holtville

P/1B

5'10

Anslee Finch

Geneva

OF

5'11

Jamaica Flowers

Jeff Davis

U

5'5

Blake Gibson

Rehobeth

SS

5'10

Katie Head

Saraland

OF

5'3

Tempest Hebert

Faith Academy

IF

5'4

Caitlin McRee

Baker

P/2B

5'10

Madilyn Robertson

Satsuma

C/OF

5'7

Kassidy Wilcox

Brantley

C

5'6

Ty'Nitra Wilson

Prattville

OF

5'5

Ava Worthy

Baldwin County

OF

5'4

SOUTH COACHES

Mark Eubanks

Jeff Davis

Todd Clements

Eufaula

Susan Barnes

Elba - Admin.

NORTH ROSTER

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Hannah Borden

Hewitt-Trussville

C/3B

5'10

Taylor Brown

Wilson

3B/P

5'4

Jaida Choice

Hillcrest - Tusc

OF/1B

6'0

Kaitlyn Clark

Gardendale

P

5'3

Kaylyn Dunn

Guntersville

CF/3B/P

5'9

Lauren Haskins

Thompson

SS/3B

5'5

Karla Hice

Ardmore

C

5'4

Mary James

Vestavia Hills

OF

5'5

Emma Latham

Hatton

SS/IF

5'7

Madison Majors

Spain Park

CF/1B

5'10

Payton McGinnis

Spring Garden

SS

5'4

Maggie Phillips

Alexandria

P/1B

5'10

Heather Phillips

Bob Jones

SS/OF

5'4

Madison Sanders

Moody

P/OF

5'4

Brylie St. Clair

Sand Rock

OF

5'6

Abby Swaney

Springville

P

5'4

Kaylee Vaught

Pisgah

OF

5'9

Lila Young

James Clemens

SS/C/OF

5'7

NORTH COACHES

Ann Welsh

Spring Garden

Al Rauls

Buckhorn

Kent Chambers

Bob Jones - Admin.


Opp’s Ariyon Hightower Drives in 8 Runs in 15-0 Win over Straughn

MONTGOMERY – Senior Ariyon Hightower slugged a triple, single and grand-slam home run to lead Opp to a 15-0 win over Straughn in a Wiregrass softball game last week to finish with eight RBIs and landed in the AHSAA Softball Spotlight with the record-book performance.
    The talented infielder drove in two runs with s triple in the first inning, two more runs with a single in the fourth inning and four RBIs on a grand-slam in the top of the fifth – the most RBIs in a single game since Good Hope’s Josie McDonald had nine in a 16-0 win over Vinemont in 2015. The AHSAA single-game record (11) was set by Candace Arreola of Central-Florence in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the 2011 North Regional tournament at Huntsville. Enterprise slugger Sara Hilton had 10 in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson in 2008, and Danyelle Martin of Springville drove in nine victory over St. Clair County in 2011.
    Hightower is now tied with nine others for fourth best all-time in the AHSAA. Her dad Aaron Hightower, the current principal at Opp High School, was a standout athlete in high school who signed a football scholarship at Southern Miss and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 Major League Draft. He spent two years in the Blue Jays minor-league organization.
    Ariyon’s RBI assault edged out a home-run hitting barrage by Tuscaloosa County in a 17-10 win over Northside.
   The Wildcats tied the AHSAA record for consecutive home runs (3) when Maddie Parks, Katie Atkins and Halie Jones hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of their 17-10 win over Northside. Guntersville also accomplished the rare feat earlier this season when Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood boomed consecutive homers in the first inning of a 12-1 win over Brewer.
In other highlights reported:

IN THE CLUTCH
MIA KILLEN, FLORENCE: Slammed  a two-run homer and drove in three runs in the Falcons’ 8-7 win over defending Class 7A state champion Buckhorn.
MADDISON WATKINS, EAST LIMESTONE: Had a triple, double and single and two stolen bases to score three runs as the Indians beat West Morgan 6-3.
BAILEY MURPHY, BAKER: Had a triple in the second inning, homer in the third, double in the fourth and a single in the fifth to hit for the cycle in the Honey Bees’ 16-0 win over Alma Bryant.

HITTING
BRIANNA POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Posey hit a grand slam home run and finished with six RBIs as the Wildcats beat Rogers 12-5.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs in a win over Colbert Heights.
BAILIE HALL, OAK GROVE: Batted .833 for the week with two homers and two doubles for the Tigers.
MAGGIE WILLIAMS, DESHLER: Had a grand-slam homer and five RBIs total as Deshler downed Colbert Heights 15-7. Teammate Kelsie Myrick also had three hits and drove in five runs as well for the Tigers, who scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings tied at 7-7. Deshler then scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.
BAILEE COCHRAN, ASHFORD: Had a single, double and home run to plate five runs as Ashford beat Dale County 14-4.
ALIVIA CLEMMONS, RUSSELLVILLE: Had four hits and two RBIs and Krista Sikes had two hits and five RBIs in the Tigers’ 11-6 win over Haleyville.

PITCHING
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out 18 as the Bulldogs (31-4) blanked Pleasant Home 4-0. She also had 15 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Class 7A Prattville.

HALEY HORTON, GARDENDALE: Hurled 11 shutout innings to get wins over Tuscaloosa County and Cordova as the Rockets won the Sumiton Christian tourney. She had eight strikeouts.
LIBBY BAKER & MORGAN FERGUSON, G.W. LONG: Hurled back-to-back three-inning no-hitters over Abbeville – winning 18-0 and 15-0. Baker struck out eight of nine batters faced and Ferguson whiffed seven of nine – for a combined 15 strikeouts over six innings.
MAKENNA PIERCE, DAPHNE: Was 4-0 with 37 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched for the week. Among the victories was a no-hitter in a win over Kinston.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out nine as the Wildcats beat West Morgan 5-0. She also had two hits and three RBIs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE:
Pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11 in a 2-0 shutout over Lauderdale County. Makayla Miller also pitched a two-hitter in the loss for the Tigers.


Guntersville Clubs 6 Homers in First Inning and 8 Overall to Beat Brewer 12-1

MONTGOMERY – Guntersville High School’s softball team slugged six home runs in the first inning and finished with an AHSAA state-record tying eight for the game to beat Brewer 12-1 last week to move into this week’s AHSAA Softball Spotlight.
    The six home runs also set an AHSAA record and quite possibly a national record. However, the NFHS Record Book only lists team home run records for a season. Coach Capper Reed’s Wildcats opened the game with sophomore Candice Daniel hitting a home run. Lauren Quigley, Kaylyn Dunn and Katie Wood followed with back-to-back-to-back home runs. The inning concluded with Maggie Skaziak and Daniel hitting back-to-back homers.
    Daniel, who had two in the first inning, and Skaziak, who had five RBIs, finished with two home runs each in the game to give the Wildcats eight in the five-inning game to tie the state record set by Ider in the 2000 season. Quigley pitched the win striking out 10.
    Daniel now shares the AHSAA record for homers in an inning with 12 others, including
Demopolis’ Alex Abrams and Fairhope’s Sam Yarbrough, who accomplished the feat in 2017. Tiffany Burks of Gardendale and Delaina Franklin of Pleasant Grove set the record originally on consecutive days in 2005. According to the NFHS Record Book, the national record (3) was set by Sherri Wright of Nashville (TN) Overton in 1989 and tied by Stefanie Berecz of Chicago St. Benedict in 2002.
    Quigley pitched five innings with 10 strikeouts. With the win, the Lady Wildcats improve to 10-7 on the season. They played Boaz last Thursday.

Goodman Logs Milestone Coaching Win
     Guntersville’s home run barrage shared the spotlight with Alabama Christian Coach Chris Goodman, who registered the 1,300th career coaching victory when the Lady Eagles beat Montgomery rival LAMP 15-0 earlier this week. His overall coaching record after the LAMP win is now 1,300 wins, 618 losses and eight ties including tenures in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, according to records compiled by ACA historian Paul Payne.
     ACA (21-4) went 3-2 last weekend at the Sparkman Round-Robin Invitational tourney, then beat Montgomery rivals Saint James on Monday and LAMP on Tuesday. Goodman has served as head softball coach at ACA since 2007 compiling a 470-165-8 fast-pitch record overall with Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009 and runner-up finishes in 2010, 2013 and 2014. His 2017 team finished with a school-record 58 wins en route to a third-place finish at the AHSAA State Tourney. The Eagles won six other fast-pitch titles (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) and one slow-pitch championship (1995) for nine softball state crowns overall. 
    “It is all about the kids,” said Goodman, who compiled a 389-192 record as Alabama Christian’s baseball coach from 1986-2006. His baseball program produced state titles in 1995 and 2000 and finished second in 1994 and 2004. He was first coach in AHSAA history to win state titles in softball and baseball. Buckhorn’s Alvin Rauls accomplished that feat last season winning the 2017 Class 7A softball crown. Rauls, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame last month, won a baseball title at New Hope in 1992.
    Goodman also compiled a 216-168 boys’ basketball record at ACA from 1986-2001 and was 225-93 coaching girls’ basketball from 2002-2012.
    He said he has enjoyed coaching all sports, but will treasure coaching his daughters in softball. “I left baseball for softball just so I could coach them, and it has been an incredible experience,” he said. “I have been blessed to have the chance to coach so many outstanding kids. The wins are about them. I never counted them.”
    In other reported performances:

 

IN THE CLUTCH
TAYLOR ROSS, NORTHVIEW: Slugged a grand slam home run igniting a seven-run third inning as the Cougars beat Northside 13-0 in four innings in their first game of the Northside Invitational Tourney as Northview opened with three wins. Ross also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning with a fielder’s choice as the Cougars beat Brookwood 5-4 to win the championship. She also took a0 throw from teammate Collier Peaden to tag out the potential go-ahead run in the top of the inning to snuff out a Brookwood rally. Peaden also had four hits in the final game. Jaala Torrence pitched all eight innings allowing five hits and striking out 14 to get the win.
MADISON PLUNKETT, THOMPSON: Singled in two runs to give the Warriors the lead for good 3-2 in the bottom of the final inning as the Warriors (30-5) capped a 10-win run in the Gulf Coast Classic tourney finals to beat Hewitt-Trussville 4-3.
DEVAN FULMER, FAIRVIEW: Clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning to put the Aggies ahead for good in a 4-3 win over Good Hope.

PITCHING
MACEY OGLE, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Compiled a 4-1 record and struck out 30 for the week and also had 10 hits, including four doubles, and drove in five runs while hitting .625 over seven games last week.
LAURA HUDSON, BRANTLEY: Tossed a no-hitter and struck out six to beat Highland Home 6-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Leanna Johnson struck out 12 in a 17-0 win in the first game with Hannah Sims clubbing s two-run homer, two doubles and a single to plate five runs.
RILEY VAUGHN, MARS HILL BIBLE: Hurled all 10 innings in the Panthers’ 10-9 win over Washington (IL) and drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the final to bring in the winning run. She also threw a 5-inning shutout with 12 Ks against Central Magnet and struck out 7 batters in a 4-inning win over East Limestone.

HITTING
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES:
Hit a grand slam home run in the sixth inning to end the game as the Patriots beat Hatton 13-2 in the Sparkman Round-Robin tourney. Jarrett, who picked up the mound win, clubbed four homers in the event.
KAHALLEY BROOKS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, four RBIs and three runs scored as the Tigers beat Spanish Fort 8-3. She also hurled the final 1 2/3 innings to get the save.
HANNAH BORDEN, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Was 12-of-19 for the week with two home runs, two doubles and 15 RBIs to lead the Huskies to a runner-up finish at the Gulf Coast Invitational tourney.
AMARA MYLES, SLOCOMB: Collected a two-run homer and two doubles to account for five RBIs in the Red Tops’ 13-10 loss to Ashford.
JILL ROBINSON, BAKER: Clubbed a solo homer in the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie as Baker downed Faith Academy 6-5 to win the Honeybee Invitational tourney.
ASHLYN HOLLAND, FORT PAYNE: Collected 11 hits, including a homer, and had seven RBIs as the Wildcats won the New Hope invitational tourney.
MORGAN WHITE, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Homered in a win over Central-Florence and had a three-run homer, double and two runs scored in a victory over Athens. She closed out the week with a homer in a win over Cullman and two more home runs and five RBIs to help the Tigers beat Prattville Christian.
ABBY LAND, GENEVA COUNTY: Slugged a home run, drove in three runs and pitched the five-inning victory in a 15-1 first-game win over Zion Chapel. She followed with three hits and three RBIs in a 17-8 win in game two to help the Bulldogs complete the sweep.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a five hits, including a home run, and drove in six runs in a 22-1, 15-0 sweep of R.A. Hubbard.

Grissom’s Darian Buss Ties AHSAA Fast-Pitch Record for Hits in a Game

    MONTGOMERY – Darian Buss of Grissom High School tied the AHSAA state record for hits in a single game last week going 6-for-6 in a 12-11 loss versus Central-Florence last week. Her hitting barrage thrust the senior into this week’s AHSAA Softball Spotlight.
    Hitting No. 2 in the lineup for Coach Michael Robertson’s Tigers, six collected six singles and scored two runs – highlighting a seven-run ninth-inning rally that fell short when Central came back to plate eight runs in the bottom of the inning, however, to win the game. 
    The six hits ties the AHSAA fast-pitch record held by three others. Carrie Walker of Baker had six hits in a 2004; Shakira Johnson and Tonje Willis, both of Choctaw County, tied the record with six hits each in the same game, a 23-11 win over Milly in 2014.
    The hitting performance edged out a “grand” performance by Hazel Green High School in its 11-0 win over Lawrence County. The Trojans slugged two grand-slam home runs to tie the AHSAA state single-game team record shared by four others.
  
Haven Hester slugged a grand slam in the first inning and teammate Mackenzie Newcomb slugged a game-ending grand slam in the fifth inning to close out the win. Newcomb allowed one hit and struck out five to get the pitching win.
    Hoover hit two grand slams in a 15-5 win over Pisgah in 2008. Springville socked two versus St. Clair County in a 14-2 win in 2011; Central-Florence slugged two to beat Ardmore 16-1 in that same year; and Winfield had two grand slams in a 13-0 win over Montgomery Catholic at the 2013 state tournament at Lagoon Park.


In the Clutch
LINDSAY SMITH, HAYDEN:
Tripled and scored twice in a 7-5 championship game win over Wilson to give Hayden (16-1) the TimesDaily Classic tournament title at Florence. Teammate Gracie Benton also had a triple and two runs scored for the Wildcats. Hayden also had wins over Brooks, Austin and Riverdale (TN).  Wilson (19-2) had wins over Brooks and Florence twice to reach the finals.
ASHLEY WELLINGTON, DESHLER: Slugged a walk-off grand slam to highlight a five-run rally in a 7-5 over Mars Hill Bible at the TimesDaily Classic.
BAILEY BROWNING, WEST LIMESTONE: Slugged two home runs and had three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Falkville.

In other top performances reported:
LEANNA JOHNSON, BRANTLEY: Struck out 17 in a 4-0 shutout win over Pleasant Home. She collected a double at the plate.
ANNABELLE WIDRA, SPAIN PARK: Out-dueled Daphne’s MaKenna Pierce to win the championship game 1-0. Widra allowed two hits and struck out eight. Pierce allowed just one hit in the setback.
MADISON HOLTZAPFEL, THOMPSON: Tossed a no-hitter in the finals to beat Calera 5-1 for the Calera Invitational tourney title. She allowed on unearned run, one walk and struck out three.
SYDNEY SIMPSON, ETOWAH: Hurled two wins and also picked up two saves as Etowah went 4-0 to win the Etowah Invitational tourney. Kacie Byrd got the win in the finals as the Blue Devils beat Ashville 2-1. Simpson hurled the final two innings striking out three.
GEORGIA HUGHES, MONTEVALLO: Hurled two shutout wins allowing only two hits and striking out 17. She also collected five hits, including a double and homer, for six RBIs.
MOLLY COBB, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Went 3-0 with wins over Moody, Daphne and Jasper, striking out 16 and allowing no earned runs. She also hit .438 with a team high eight RBIs.
TAYLOR BRADLEY, DOTHAN: Hurled a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts for the Tigers.
KENNEDY CRONAN, DAPHNE: Was 11-of-26 with four doubles, three homers and six RBIs as the Trojans (19-7) posted a 7-2 record for the week. The Trojans were 5-2 to finish second at the Oxford Spring Sting tourney. Pitcher Makenna Pierce (14-2) went 5-0 with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings. She allowed just 10 hits and no earned runs.
STEPHANIE SCHOONOVER, REHOBETH: The Rebels (16-7) of Coach Summer Chandler won six straight games to win the Dothan High/Terry Collins Memorial Tournament with Schoonover allowing no hits through four innings in the finals. She finished with a two-hitter and five strikeouts to beat Geneva 7-0.  Rehobeth won earlier games over Charles Henderson 7-3, G.W. Long 3-1, Cottonwood 16-0, G.W. Long 7-2 and Eufaula 4-2. Blake Gibson had two hits and four RBIs to lead Rehobeth’s offensive effort. The Rebels had back-to-back-to-back homers to plate seven runs in the first inning of their 9-2 win over G.W. Long.  Chasilyn Sawyers slugged a three-run blast, followed by Macie Cross and Honor Slayback with solo home runs.
BROOKLYN WALLACE, HARTSELLE: Slugged a homer and drove in five runs as Hartselle beat Elmore County in a spring break tourney game at Gulf Shores.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Collected a triple, double and single to drive in four runs in a 10-2 win over Woodville. Teammate Abby Terry also had three hits with a homer and three RBIs.
RAEGAN CLEM, WEST LIMESTONE: Had a homer and four RBIs in West Limestone’s 7-6 win over Falkville, added two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs in a 13-0 win over Cherokee and collected a double and two singles and one RBI in a 10-1 victory over Whitesburg Christian.
SHANNON CASSIDY, SHEFFIELD: Had two hits and two RBIs in the championship game to beat Covenant Christian 8-3 to win the Eagle Classic tournament. The Bulldogs
also beat Vina 12-1, Hackleburg 17-0 and Covenant Christian 5-4 to go 4-0 in the tourney.
ALLISON HAND, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Had a grand slam in a 9-0 win over Belgreen and Caroline Clark socked two homers to drive in five runs in an 8-2 win over Hamilton in the Red Bay Classic tournament. Emma James also had a three-run homer in an 11-3 win over Red Bay. Colbert Heights (16-0) remained unbeaten after the three wins.
LAUREN HASKINS, THOMPSON: Had a big week with seven home runs, four doubles, and a triple as the Lady Warriors outscored seven opponents 70-6 for the week, including winning the Calera Softball Invitational. She was 18-of-27 overall and was perfect on seven stolen-base attempts.
TORIE DENKERS, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had three home runs and 10 RBIs in a win over Cullman and finished with four homers on the week.
ABBY WILLIAMS, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had three hits, including a three-run homer, and finished with five RBIs in a 14-4 win over Ashford. Twelve hitters had at least one hit for PCA.
LAKYN PRATT, ARITON: Slugged two home runs and two doubles to drive in six runs as Ariton downed Zion Chapel 20-2. Hannah Hughes also contributed a grand slam to highlight a 16-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.
GABBY STAGNER, FAITH ACADEMY: Hit a grand slam homer in the fourth inning to lead Faith Academy to an 18-0 four-inning win over St. Paul’s Episcopal. The Rams and four homers in the game with Tempest Hebert hitting two and Taylor Robinson hitting one.