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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)



North Sweeps South in All-Star Baseball Competition

     MONTGOMERY – Four pitchers combined to hurled a one-hitter in the first game and squad’s bats came alive in the second game to pound out 14 hits in the second game as the North All-Stars beat the South 2-0 and 13-2 to sweep the 20th annual AHSAA All-Star series at Riverwalk Stadium Tuesday night.
       Gardendale High School infielder Manning Early stroked a triple in the opening win and had a sine and three RBIs in the nightcap to claim MVP honors for the North. The winners improved their series record to 20-11-1 with the sweep. South MVP was catcher Santiago Garcia, who
      The North-South Baseball doubleheader was the first of eight all-star competitions this week as the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Week heads into day three Wednesday. All-Star competition for girls’ and boys’ soccer and softball was also held Tuesday night.
     All-star competition continues Wednesday with the 20th annual North-South Girls’ All-Star Basketball game and the 51st North-South Boys’ All-Star Game Basketball game at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Arena at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively. North-South Volleyball competition and the 57th North-South All-Star Football game will be played Thursday at 4 and 7 p.m., respectively at Auburn-Montgomery University’s Gymnasium and Cramton Bowl.
     Cody Greenhill of Russellville, Will Battersby of Spain Park, Taylor Hayes of Piedmont and Carson Hall of Randolph combined to shut out the South in the opening baseball game. Greenhill hurled the first two innings walking one and striking out one to get the win. Battersby gave up a single and walked one in his two innings, Hayes hurled one shutout inning and Hall, who had 10 saves for Randolph as a junior in 2016, notched the save with three strikeouts over the final two innings.
    Brantley’s Jacob Free started and went three innings, allowing five hits, two unearned runs and striking out one to get the loss for the South. Evan Baber of Central-Phenix City struck out three in one inning of work.
    Gordo’s Kody Chapman singled and scored on a passed ball for the North’s first run in the second inning.   Deshler’s Hunter Hill reached safely in the third inning on a throwing error and took second when the ball rolled into the South dugout. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by James Clemens’ Jordan Anderson.
     The North took a 4-0 lead in the game two after two innings and added four more runs in the fourth to build a commanding 8-0 lead before the South finally its first hit of the second game. North pitchers held the South batters hitless for 7 1/3 innings over both games.  Thomasville’s Chad Bryant singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth and Garcia singled in Joseph Booker, who had reached on an error.
    The North went on to add three more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to close out the win.  Hayes slammed a double and two singles and scored two runs, Decatur’s Tanner Burns had two hits and two RBIs, Greenhill and Jared Howell of Sparkman also had triples in the second game. Howell hurled the final inning allowing one hit and a run. Winning pitcher Cade Lemons of Vestavia Hills started and pitched two hitless innings facing the minimum six batters while striking out two to get the win.

Pitching Restriction Policies in High School Baseball to be Based on Number of Pitches

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 12, 2016) — High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game.

The revised pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 was one of six rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

              Each NFHS member state association will be required to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during a game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.

              “We’re pleased that the rules committee worked in conjunction with the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to find an acceptable and reasonable modification to this rule in order to emphasis the risk that occurs when pitchers overuse their throwing arm,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball.

             The AHSAA Central Board of Control, in a proactive move at the recommendation of the AHSAA Baseball Coaches Committee and Medical Advisory Committee, approved a pitch count policy for its member schools last fall. The AHSAA Pitch Count Rule, which has been lauded by baseball groups across the nation, will be implemented in the 2017 season. The previous policy was based on innings pitched per week. The AHSAA Pitch Count Rule can be found on the Baseball Page at www.ahsaa.com.
         The Baseball Rules Committee also revised Rule 2-32-2 regarding sliding into home plate. The revised language states: “At home plate, it is permissible for the slider’s momentum to carry him through the plate in the baseline extended.” The committee altered this rule since the physical design of home plate makes it difficult for a runner to break momentum on a slide – as opposed to the other three elevated bases which are elevated. 

              The committee also revised Rule 3-3-1, which states the umpire has the ability to give three warnings to a coach or player before he or she is removed from the game.

              “Officials now have the opportunity to provide a tiered warning system for coaches or players,” Hopkins said. “It provides the coaches or players with a teachable moment to change their unsportsmanlike behavior in order to stay in the game.”

              A new article 6 was added to Rule 8-3 to provide a rules reference for an existing ruling in the Baseball Case Book. The new article reads: “When a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pickoff play, if an out is not made at the end of the catcher’s initial throw, the ball shall be dead and all runners shall return to the bases occupied at the time of the interference.”

              The rules committee also approved an addition to Rule 8-4-2, which states that any runner is out when he is physically assisted by a coach. This rule change supports a revision in Rule 3-2-2 Penalty, which states that the runner shall be called out immediately when he is physically assisted by a coach.

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Baseball.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 486,567 boys participating in baseball at 15,899 schools across the country, and 1,203 girls playing the sport in 260 schools.


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 6A State Championship Series Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Beats Cullman 1-0 To Capture 6A State Baseball Championship

     MONTGOMERY –  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa junior shortstop Cole Frederick found himself at the plate with the bases loaded and the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday’s first game of the AHSAA Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series and delivered the game-winning hit as the Patriots of Coach Mark Garner won game one of the best-of-three series 4-3  versus defending state champion Cullman.
     Saturday afternoon, he found himself on the mound in the bottom of the seventh with his team clinging to a 1-0 lead and runners on second and third with the two outs and the Bearcats’ best hitter Owen Lovell at the plate.
     Lovell slammed a deep fly to center field which Jake Presley hauled in for the third out and Hillcrest (40-10) won its first state title since 2007 with the 1-0 win to sweep the series 2-0.
     Frederick, who played shortstop for five innings as starter and winning pitcher Noah Barnette (7-2) struck out one, walked two and limited the Bearcats’ tough lineup to four singles and no runs, pitched the final two innings allowing one hit, walking two and striking out two to get the save. Frederick earned 6A Series MVP for his effort.
     Cullman (40-13) got an outstanding pitching effort from starter Will Morrison (8-3), who hurled 6 1/3 innings, allowed four hits, one unearned run and struck out six. He yielded the game’s only run in the top of the sixth when Tyler Turner singled for Hillcrest’s first hit off the Cullman pitcher. Tyler moved all the way to third when Morrison’s pick-off attempt got by his first baseman. Turner then scored on Blake Robbins reached safely on a throwing error.
      Hillcrest loaded the bases in the seventh and Coach Brent Patterson brought in reliever Levi Thomas, who faced one batter getting the Patriots’ hitter to ground into an inning-ending double play.
   Turner, Pope, pinch hitter Michael Garner and Presley each had singles for the Patriots.
   Noah Fondren had two hits, Lovell, Trent Price and Jacob Heatherly had one each for the Bearcats.
   The 6A championship closed out the 2016 AHSAA Baseball Championships as Decatur Heritage (1A), Mobile Christian (2A), Madison Academy (3A), UMS-Wright (4A), Russellville (5A) and Hewitt-Trussville (7A) also won state titles this week.

Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Hewitt-Trussville Sweeps Auburn for 7A State Crown

     MONTGOMERY –  Hewitt-Trussville High School junior left-hander Cameron Furr (8-1) followed sophomore lefty Carson Skipper’s first-game shutout performance with one of his own Saturday as the Huskies won game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series 2-0 over Auburn at Riverwalk Stadium to claim the school’s first-ever state title.
      Furr allowed only four hits, walked none and struck out four while throwing just 78 pitches in the seven-inning win.  Skipper (11-2), who tossed a three-hitter in Friday night’s 6-0 first-game win, drove in Keegan Morrow in the third inning for Hewitt’s second run Saturday and gave Furr just enough  cushion to keep Auburn (32-13) off stride at the plate.
       Coach Jeff Mauldin’s Huskies (36-11) only managed five hits off Tigers starter Ryan Watson (5-1), who walked three and struck out four in five innings.  Leadoff hitter Tyler Tolbert and Morrow had two each. Tolbert opened the bottom of the first with a hit and scored on a fielder’s choice by Ed Johnson.
     Rowdy Jordan, Garrett Morris, Andrew Naismith and Noah Barnes each had singles for Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers.
      Cullman and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa close out the 2016 AHSAA Baseball Championships at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday afternoon with game to of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m.
      All games are being live-streamed  by the NFHS Network.

Class 6A State Championship Series Class 6A: Game 1 Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 4, Cullman 3

     MONTGOMERY –  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Cullman 4-3 Friday night at Paterson Field in game one of the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series. Game two moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. Game three will follow at approximately 7 p.m. if needed.
    Cullman (40-12) took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Hillcrest tied the game to set up the exciting finish. Coach Brent Patterson’s Bearcats took the lead again 3-2 in the top of the seventh before Coach Mark Garner’s Patriots scored twice to win.
     Michael Garner pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing three hits and three runs for Hillcrest. Reliever Tyler Frederick (5-1) got the final two outs in the seventh to get the win in relief. He faced three batters and struck out one.
    Cullman’s Jacob Heatherly pitched six innings allowing four hits and striking out four. Carter Bowen and Levi Thomas pitched in the seventh. Bowen (5-4) got the loss.
      Blake Robbins had a single and two RBIs for the Patriots. Frederick also had a hit, scored a run and drew a crucial walk. Sage Bailey also had a hit and scored a run, and Walt Bailey had two hits.
     Kolby Robinson had three hits as leadoff hitter for Cullman. Ben Smith had a pinch-hit single and RBI.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.


Class 7A State Championship Series Class 7A: Game 1 Hewitt-Trussville 6, Auburn 0

     MONTGOMERY –  Hewitt-Trussville sophomore pitcher Carson Skipper pitched a three-hit shutout Friday afternoon at Paterson Field as the Huskies captured a 6-0 win over Auburn in game one of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series. Game two moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Game three will follow at approximately 1 p.m. if needed.
     Skipper (11-2) walked none, struck out eight and threw only 86 pitches to get the victory for Coach Jeff Mauldin’s Huskies. Senior center fielder Keegan Morrow tripled in three runs to lead Hewitt-Trussville (35-11). Junior left fielder Grayson Cash also had one hit, one RBI and scored two runs. Jamison Stennis also slugged a double.
     Andrew Naismith (5-3) allowed two hits, walked four and struck out five in five innings to get the loss for Auburn (32-12). Tyler Rabren pitched the final two innings for Coach Matt Cimo’s  Tigers.  Morgan Brown had two hits for Auburn and Austin Triplett had the other hit.
     Cullman (40-11) and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (37-10) played the first game of the Class 6A series Friday night.
      The 6A series also moves to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday with game 2 at 4 p.m.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.

Class 5A State Championship Series Russellville beat Faith Academy Twice to Claim Title

    MONTGOMERY –  Senior left-hander Austin Bohannon (14-1) hurled a one-hitter in game 2 and senior right-hander Austin Kitterman (10-1) pitched a complete game in the game 3 as defending state champion Russellville beat Faith Academy 3-0 and 5-3 Friday to capture the Class 5A State Baseball Championship at Riverwalk Stadium.
    Faith Academy (36-6) won game one on Thursday night at Paterson field 9-1.
    Bohannon had a no-hitter until Brooks Carson tripled with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.  Bohannon finished with three walks and three strikeouts as he faced just 25 batters and threw only 94 pitches to get the shutout win.
    That set the stage for Kitterman, who suffered a life-threatening injury in a four-wheeler accident in 2014, pitched a gritty game in the finals allowing nine hits, striking out six and walking none. His head coach Chris Heaps said just having Kitterman’s presence on the team was “a miracle.”
     Kitterman threw 92 pitches to notch the 5-3 championship game win. 
     Landon Oliver had two hits and two RBIs – driving in two runs in the bottom of the first in game three to help Russellville (48-7) take a 3-0 lead. 
      Christopher Sargent’s two-run double in the top of the second cut the lead to 3-2 for Faith Academy (36-7), coached by Matt Seymour.  Will Freeman, who pitched game one win for the Rams, had a double and game-tyng RBI in the third.
     The Golden Tigers took the lead when Judd Ward, who had two hits, tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth. The team added an insurance run on Colin Garrison’s single in the sixth.      Faith Academy pitcher Gabe Shepard (8-2) pitched all six innings for the Rams. He allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out five.
GAME 2:  Russellville 3, Faith Academy 0
     Bohannon’s pitching performance in game two kept the Golden Tigers’ championship hopes alive. He earned Class 5A State Championship Series MVP for his effort.
    Rams starter Reece Ewing (7-2) also had a no-hitter until the Golden Tigers bunched three hits together in the bottom of the fifth to plate two runs.  The big hit was a bases-loaded single by shortstop Reed Smith to plate pinch runner Tom Barkley and Landon Ezzell. Smith walked and scored in the first inning on a wild pitch to put Russellville up 1-0 early.
     Ewing went 4 1/3 innings allowing three hits, three runs and striking out three. Michael Morris hurled the final 1 1/3 innings for the Rams of Coach Mike Seymour.
     Russellville left just two runners on base. Smith also turned in two big plays defensively in game two and another in game 3.

Class 4A State Championship Series Class 4A: Game 2 UMS-Wright 4, Oneonta 1 (UMS-Wright wins state title)

     MONTGOMERY –  Senior right fielder Chauncey Callier slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning Friday to give UMS-Wright a 3-0 cushion and the Bulldogs closed out the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series with a 4-1 win over Oneonta to claim the state title at Riverwalk Stadium.
     Coach Kevin Raley’s Bulldogs (33-9) won 9-3 on Thursday afternoon at Paterson Field and swept the series as Callier, named the Class 4A Series MVP, drove in the three runs and also robbed one Redskins hitter of a sure double with a diving catch that helped defuse one Oneonta rally.  He also had one hit and drove in another run in the first game to finish with four RBIs.
     Winning pitcher Garrett Hollinghead (7-4) needed just 81 pitches to hurl a complete-game four hitter in Friday’s final game. He walked none and struck out three.
     Peyton Martin also drove in Sam Plash for UMS-Wright’s other run.  Tanner Allen had a single and double and scored two runs. He also went 2-for-3 on Thursday to score two more runs as the Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter to finish 4-of-6 with four runs scored for the series.
     Oneonta (30-12), coached by Brandon Moore, got a solid pitching performance from Dawson Harvey (8-2). Harvey allowed just six hits over six innings, walked none and struck out two while throwing just 82 pitches.
     Brody Moore had two hits for the Redskins, Harvey had a single and scored his team’s only run in the top of the fourth inning, and Zach Dimmock had one hit and drove in his teammate with a sacrifice fly.
     The championship was the ninth overall for UMS-Wright and the first during Raley’s coaching tenure.
      Russellville (46-7) and Faith Academy (36-5) square off in game 2 of the Class 5A Championship Series at 4 p.m. at Riverwalk.
     The Class 7A Championship Series featuring Hewitt-Trussville (34-11) and Auburn (32-11) is set for game one at 4 p.m. Friday at Paterson Field. The first game of the Class 6A Championship Series between Cullman (40-11) and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (37-10) will be at 7. The two series will move to Riverwalk Stadium Saturday with 7A at 10 a.m. and 6A at 4 p.m.
    All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.