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2018 Coaches’ Children Scholarship Winners Selected

     MONTGOMERY – Ten Coaches’ Children Scholarship winners for 2017-18 have been selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA), according to Director Alvin Briggs.

        The $1,000 need-based scholarships, presented for the tenth year by the coaches’ group, are being awarded to college-bound students whose parents are active members of the AHSADCA. The scholarships will be presented July 20 at the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet during the AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week in Montgomery.

        “We are pleased to provide this service once again from the AHSADCA to our member coaches and athletic directors,” Briggs said. “We are very thankful for our coaches and administrators who sacrifice so much as teachers and coaches to work with our student-athletes. Their families also make much sacrifice. This is one way the AHSADCA can show its appreciation and help the children at the same time.”
        This year’s recipients include:

District 1: Willie James Taylor, Jr., Jackson HS (son of Coach Tamiko Taylor)
District 2: Courtney D. Powell, Georgiana HS (daughter of Coach Ezell Powell)
District 3: Elijah Jones, Prattville Christian Academy (son of Coach Leonard Jones)
District 4: Casey Baynes, Tallassee HS (son of Coach Mark Baynes)
District 5: Gracyn LeSueur. Pelham HS (daughter of Coach Kevin LeSueur)
District 6: Riley Lane Austin, Spring Garden HS (son of Coaches Dana and Riley Austin)
District 6: Anna Bryant, Pleasant Valley HS (daughter of Coaches Dana and David Bryant)
District 7: Tucker Brown, Wilson HS (son of Coach Scott Brown)
District 8: Phillip DesRosier, Grissom HS (son of Coach Alicia Wright DesRosier)
District 8: Shelby Madison Brothers, Geraldine HS (daughter of Coach Cristie Brothers)


CLASS 2A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP G.W. Long 13, Mars Hill Bible 7

G.W. Long 13, Mars Hill Bible 7

MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long battled from a 7-1 deficit in the championship game to beat Mars Hill Bible 13-7 as the Rebels claimed the 2018 AHSAA Class 2A State Softball championship. The state title also gave the school a sweep in Montgomery since the G.W. Long boys won the Class 2A state baseball crown, ironically, over Mars Hill Bible, earlier in the week.
   Junior pitcher Libby Baker, the Class 2A state tourney MVP, supplied the power with two home runs and three RBIs for Long. Her two-run blast highlighted a seven-run fourth inning that gave the Lady Rebels (35-14) the lead for good 8-7.
    Coach Nikki Long’s team rolled through the 2A state tourney undefeated with wins over Leroy 4-1, Lamar County 15-8 and Mars Hill Bible 5-2 in the winner’s bracket finals. Coach Matt Burgess’ Mars Hill girls downed Thorsby 11-0 and Reeltown 4-0 before falling to the loser’s bracket. The Panthers (45-16) beat Reeltown 9-3 to advance to the championship game.
    G.W. Long had 10 hits in the finals with Kenzi Payne, Savanna Wood and Dallas Potter collecting two hits each. Potter also had a homer, had two RBIs and scored three times. Payne, Wood and Emmaline Hughes each added two RBIs.
   Mars Hill scored all its runs in the first three innings off Baker, who allowed 10 hits, walked eight and struck out eight. Faith Stanford got the loss for the Panthers.  Annah Steadhman collected a double and single to drive in three runs for Mars Hill. Riley Vaughn also had a double and two RBIs, and Kayla Thigpen had two hits and scored twice.
   The state title was the first in school history for G.W. Long.
CLASS 2A ALL-STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Libby Baker, G.W. Long (MVP); Kenzi Payne, G.W. Long; Savanna Wood, G.W. Long; Emmaline Hughes, G.W. Long; Erika Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible; Riley Vaughn, Mars Hill Bible; Annah Steadman, Mars Hill Bible; Allie Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible.


CLASS 6A STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

Hartselle 6, Saraland 5 (8 innings)

MONTGOMERY – Junior Kylie Winton’s single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the winning run Saturday afternoon at Lagoon Park to lift Hartselle to a 6-5 win over Saraland in the finals of the 2018 AHSAA Class 6A State Softball Tournament. The state championship was the fifth in school history for the Tigers (43-15) and the first since back-to-back state crowns in 2013  and 2014.
    Hartselle rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the bottom of seventh inning to send the final game into extra innings. No. 8 batter MacKenzie Farmer led off the eighth with a walk. The runner advanced to third on Kristen Black’s hit and Winton, the Class 6A state tournament MVP, then delivered a two-strike liner to left to plate the winning run.
     Coach Christy Ferguson’s Tigers finished 4-0 in the tourney beating Hueytown 7-2, Nort5hview 11-6 and Gardendale 6-4 to reach the finals.  Saraland (45-10-1) beat Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9-6 in the opener, then fell to Gardendale 2-1. The Spartans of Coach Donny Sunnycalb then beat Chelsea 7-5, Hillcrest 13-3 and Gardendale 4-1 to set up the championship game.
    Hartselle junior Morgyn Sparkman allowed 13 hits over eight innings and struck out one to get the win in the finals. Taylor Heaton started for Saraland and went five innings, leaving the game with six hits allowed, one strikeout and a 5-3 lead. Reliever Brinkley Goff, who pitched the Spartans out of the jam with a double-play liner to third, got the loss going two innings.
   Winton finished with three hits, including home run and double, scored three runs and had two RBIs for Hartselle. Kalli Cartee had two hits and two RBIs, Mackenzie Jackson had two hits and one RBI, and Natalie King had a double and single for the Tigers.
    Camryn McLemore slugged a triple and home run to drive in three runs for Saraland. MacKenzie Farmer had a home run, single and two RBIs, and Kristen Mears and Katie Head also had two hits each.
    The Class 6A and Class 2A tournaments closed out the AHSAA’s 24th annual fast-pitch state Championships Saturday.

CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNEY TEAM
Kylie Winton, Hartselle (MVP); Mackenzie Jackson, Hartselle; Kalli Cartee, Hartselle; Morgyn Sparkman, Hartselle; Bree Green, Saraland; Katie Head, Saralanda; Camryn McLemore, Saraland; Taylor Heaton, Saraland.

CLASS 7A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 2: Auburn 1, Hewitt-Trussville 0 (Auburn wins championship)

GAME 2: Auburn 1, Hewitt-Trussville 0 (Auburn wins championship)
MONTGOMERY – Senior Drew Jennings turned in a stellar pitching performance Saturday in game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series art Riverwalk Stadium and shut out Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 to seal the Tigers’ fourth state championship and first since 2010.
    Jennings (10-2) allowed just three hits, had two walks and struck out six – but more importantly, pitched out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to notch the final game victory. His superb effort came just 18 hours just 16 hours after teammate Brooks Fuller hurled four-hitter in game one to beat the Huskies 4-1.
     Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers (34-8) limited Hewitt-Trussville (32-11) to just one run and seven hits in the series. Coach Jeff Mauldin’s staff also pitched well, blanking Auburn in 13 of the 15 innings played, held the Tigers to nine total hits and five total runs.
     Michael Fowler started Saturday for the Huskies pitched the first inning allowing one hit and no runs before leaving the game with soreness in his arm.  Davis Burgin hurled the final six innings, allowing only three hits, one run and striking out three.
    That one run turned out to be the big one. Auburn lead-off hitter Garrett Morris drew a walk to open the top of the third inning, stole second and went to third on Griffin Speaks’ bunt single. Jackson Arnold followed with a sacrifice fly to right field and Morris scored. It would be the only run the Tigers could muster all day but it was enough.
     Jennings, who earned Class 7A series MVP honors, ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Mauldin, who had two hits, singled with two outs. Creed Parker was inserted as a pinch runner and moved to second when Caden Kirk drew a walk.  Parker and Kirk double steals to move to second and third, but Jennings struck the next batter out to snuff the rally.
    In the seventh inning, Jacob Bishop singled to opening the inning, advanced to second on a throwing error and moved to third on Zach Defnall’s sacrifice bunt. Jennings then got the next two batters to ground out to end the game.
    Mauldin finished two singles an Bishop had the hit for Hewitt. Speaks had two hits for the Tigers, Ryan Lambert and Tanner Jones had the other hits.
    Hewitt-Trussville beat Auburn in 2016 to win the school’s only 7A state title. Auburn returned in 2017 falling to Hoover in the finals. The Tigers won championships previously in 1986, 2009 and 2010.
    The 7A series ended the 63rd AHSAA State Baseball Championships, which were held annually from 1948 to 1961 for large schools,  discontinued from 1962-69 and reinstated in 1970 completing its 49th season in the current format of separate classification championships.
    It has been played annually in Montgomery since 2001.


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 7A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 1: Auburn 4, Hewitt-Trussville 1

GAME 1: Auburn 4, Hewitt-Trussville 1
MONTGOMERY – Senior Brooks Fuller pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight in the AHSAA Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series opener at Paterson Field Friday night as Auburn posted a 4-1 victory over Hewitt-Trussville to take a 1-0 edge into the best 2-of-3 series Saturday.

    Coach Matt Cimo’s Tigers (33-8) and Coach Jeff Mauldin’s Huskies (32-10) play game two Saturday morning at 10 a.m., as the series moves to Riverwalk Stadium. If a third game is needed, it will follow 30 minutes after completion of game two. The 7A series close the
2018 AHSAA Championships. All games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Hewitt-Trussville hurler Carson Skipper also pitched well allowing five hits, two walks and striking out eight in a contest that took just 1:46 to complete.
    He shut out the Tigers for five innings and held a 1-0 lead until Auburn posted four runs in the top of the sixth. Huskies second baseman Tyler Mauldin gave his team the lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning to plate courtesy runner Austin Bittle, who was running for Skipper. The Hewitt pitcher opened the inning with a single and Bittle advanced into scoring position on a throwing error. Mauldin then singled to left to plate the run.
    Auburn, which left two runners on base in the second and fifth innings, finally took the lead in the top of the sixth. Right fielder Teddy Benda doubled to start the inning and Jake Waters then reached safely on a sacrifice bunt fielder’s choice and Benda moved to third. Carter Hunt then drove in Benda when he reached first on an infield error, and Tanner Jones drove in the second run on a Huskies throwing error. Clayton Phillips singled to drive in the final two runs before Skipper got out of the jam.
    Fuller struck out the final two Hewitt hitters in the seventh to end the game.

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 6A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 3: Hazel Green 1, Helena 0 (Hazel Green is state champ)

GAME 3: Hazel Green 1, Helena 0 (Hazel Green is state champ)
MONTGOMERY – Hazel Green High School Coach Frankie Perez said he learned early on in his first season as the Trojans’ head baseball coach that in a clutch situation, he and the team wanted to ball in the hand of senior left-handed pitcher Tyler Duskin.
   Friday night, Perez did just that and Duskin did not disappoint the Hazel Green faithful. Duskin hurled a five-hit shutout in game three of the AHSAA’s Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series as the Trojans nipped Helena 1-0, and Hazel Green (32-13) captured the school’s first-ever state baseball title.

    The Trojans won game one of the series 4-3 on Thursday night at Paterson Field, then fell in game two at Riverwalk Stadium, the home of the Southern League Montgomery Biscuits, 3-1 in game two to force the final game of the best 2-of-3 series.
   Duskin (8-2) was masterful from start to finish. He struck out six, walked none and pitched out a jam only a couple of times thanks to his sharp fastball and excellent control.
    Helena (27-16), making its third appearance in the state finals for Coach P.J. Guy, got a strong pitching performance from Landon Green in game two and also got a solid effort from game three starter Brooks Tolbert (4-5) and reliever Josh Daugherty. Tolbert pitched five innings, gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out one. Daughtery closed out with two shutout innings.
    The Trojans got the only run of the game in the top of the fourth when junior shortstop Bradley Hulin walked, moved to second on Hunter McGriff’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Jordan Beck’s single up the middle. With Duskin on the mound, that run would be enough.
     Helena got a runner to third base in the bottom of the fourth but Duskin got the last out on an infield grounder. The Huskies got another runner to third in the fifth but Dusking struck out the next two hitters to close that rally. With runners on second and third in the sixth inning, Duskin pitched out of the jam by getting the Helena batter to pop up to catcher Chandler Hardin for the third out.
    And in the seventh inning, Landon Green battled the left-hander for 11 pitches, fouling off seven strikes before grounding out to Hulin at short. Duskin then retired the side to seal the victory and the state title.
   The two teams each scored six runs in the series and mirrored each other with their solid defense, excellent pitching and timely hitting in what turned out to be one of the top championship series in the history of the baseball playoffs since it moved to its current format 17 years ago.

GAME 2: Helena 3, Hazel Green 1
Helena senior pitcher Landon Green (12-1) tossed six-hitter and struck out three to pace the Huskies to a 3-1 win over Hazel Green in  second game of the AHSAA 2018 Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Friday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium to force game 3.
    Coach P.J. Guy’s Huskies (27-15) took the lead in the first inning John Stephen Heacock singled in Brody Moss, who opened the inning with a walk. Hazel Green (31-13) tied the game in the top of the third when Bradley Hulin walked and later scored on Jordan Beck’s sinking liner that turned into a sacrifice fly caught by Helena’s Trevor Bell.
    Helena regained the lead in the bottom of the third Richard Fitts singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Heacock’s second RBI single of the game.  The Huskies added an insurance run in the fourth inning when Josh Daugherty singled and pinch runner Tristan Waters scored when Trevor Bell doubled to left.
    Coach Frankie Perez’s two hurlers, starter Jackson Minor (3-4) and Hayden Lindsey, combined to scatter seven hits. Lindsey struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of relief.



CLASS 6A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 2: Helena 3, Hazel Green 1

GAME 2: Helena 3, Hazel Green 1
MONTGOMERY – Helena High School senior pitcher Landon Green (12-1) tossed six-hitter and struck out three to pace the Huskies to a 3-1 win over Hazel Green in  second game of the AHSAA 2018 Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Friday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium to tie the series at 1-1. Game three got underway 30 minutes later.
    Coach P.J. Guy’s Huskies (27-15) took the lead in the first inning John Stephen Heacock singled in Brody Moss, who opened the inning with a walk. Hazel Green (31-13) tied the game in the top of the third when Bradley Hulin walked and later scored on Jordan Beck’s sinking liner that turned into a sacrifice fly caught by Helena’s Trevor Bell.
    Helena regained the lead in the bottom of the third Richard Fitts singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Heacock’s second RBI single of the game.  The Huskies added an insurance run I nthe fourth inning Josh Daugherty singled and pinch runner Tristan Waters scored when Trevor Bell doubled to left.
    Coach Frankie Perez’s two hurlers, starter Jackson Minor (3-4) and Hayden Lindsey, combined to scatter seven hits. Lindsey struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
    The Class 7A championship series also opened Friday at 6 p.m. at Paterson Field with Hewitt-Trussville (32-9) facing Auburn (35-7). The 7A series close the AHSAA Championships Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game two at 10 a.m.
    All championship series games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The AHSAA Softball Championships is underway at Lagoon Park today through Saturday.

CLASS 5A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 2: Faith Academy 7, Russellville 3 (Faith is state champion)

GAME 2: Faith Academy 7, Russellville 3 (Faith is state champion)

MONTGOMERY – The third time was the charm for Faith Academy’s baseball team Friday morning as the Rams beat Russellville 7-3 to complete the sweep of the AHSA Class 5A State  5A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium.
   Russellville (30-16) won the 5A title in 2015, 2016 and 2017 – beating Faith Academy in the finals the last two seasons. This year’s finals belonged to Coach Matt Seymour’s Rams (36-3).
     Sophomore pitcher Eli Giles (8-1), who pitched the final two outs of Thursday night’s 5-3 win in game one to notch a save, hurled six strong innings Friday allowing only four hits, one earned run and striking out eight to get the win. He was also named the Class 5A series MVP.
    Faith Academy pecked away at Russellville from the get-go scoring a single run in the first, third and fifth innings to take a 3-1 lead into the top of the sixth. Senior catcher Chris Sargent delivered a bases-loaded double to clear the bases and then pinch runner Brandon White added the fourth run of the inning scoring on John Griffin Bell’s suicide squeeze bunt.
    Coach Chris Heaps’ Golden Tigers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and relief pitcher James Flynn shut done Russellville in the seventh inning to seal the win.

     Faith Academy got eight total hits with Braxton Bell had a double and two singles, John Griffin Bell had one hit and two RBIs, Jackson Bell had the double and three RBIs, and Reece Ewing had two hits.
    Starting pitcher Rudy Fernandez (6-4) pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed five hits, two earned runs and struck out two for Russellville. Houston Kitterman had a single and RBI while Brock Malone, Devin Buckhalter and Fernandez each had one hit for the Tigers.
     The Class 6A series between Helena (26-15) and Hazel Green (31-12) gets underway at 4 p.m., today at Riverwalk. The Trojans won Thursday’s game 4-3 and holds a 1-0 edge in the best 2-of-3 series.
    The Class 7A championship series opens Friday at 6 p.m. at Paterson Field with Hewitt-Trussville (32-9) facing Auburn (35-7). The 7A series close the AHSAA Championships Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game two at 10 a.m.
    All championship series games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
The AHSAA Softball Championships is underway at Lagoon Park today through Saturday.