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Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Game 3: McGill-Toolen Catholic 7, Bob Jones 6 (McGill-Toolen Catholic wins 7A state title)

    MONTGOMERY – The final game of the AHSAA  2019 Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series finished just like the first two games. The last out, though hard to come by, sealed the victory  as McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) won its first state baseball title escaping with a 7-6 win over Bob Jones (42-10).
    The last out was actually a double play but if not for a few inches, it could have tied the game and could have left the Patriots in great position to win.  The two teams swapped blows in the first two days of the series with Coach Tim Becker’s Jackets thwarting a last-inning rally on Friday night at Paterson Field to win 8-6 in game one. In the first game Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium, the Patriots of Coach Jared Smith staved off a last-ditch effort by McGill-Toolen to win 11-7.
    Last outs, said Becker, were very hard to come by.
     In the final game Saturday, McGill-Toolen scored three runs in the top of the fifth and two in the sixth and Bob Jones scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to trail by one heading into the bottom of the seventh.  Mitchell Daly opened the inning by drilling Jackets a fastball by reliever Nathan Larue to second base which Tyler Jones hauled in for the first out. Dylan Ray followed with a sharp single to right, and John Riley singled though the left side to put runners on first and second. Colten Carver, who ripped a towering home run over the left-field fence and screen for a two-run homer in the sixth, slammed a screaming line drive up the middle that LaRue blocked with his glove. The ball bounced up and back into his clutches for the second out and the Auburn University baseball signee quickly fired to first baseman Chandler Best to double up Riley for the third out.
    The defensive play of the game turned out to be the defensive play of the series and of the season for the state champion Yellow Jackets.
     LaRue hit a similar shot in the top of the sixth inning about 30 feet off the ground all the way to the base of the center-field wall at the 400-foot mark for a double to plate two runs to turn a 5-4 lead into a three-run margin. It was is only hit of the series. He did walk four times and was hit by a pitch on another at bat. Those two runs were even bigger after Carver’s homer in the bottom of the inning.
    That was how this classic series of two powerful teams evolved. One team would strike and the other would answer. 
    McGill-Toolen finished with eight hits and scored only three earned runs in the finale. Cam Hill started for Bob Jones and went four innings. Andrew Wright opened the fourth and got one out before giving up two unearned runs to get the loss. Reliever Sam Maynard, who got the win in game pitching the final  five innings in relief, pitched the final 2 2/3 innings in game three scattering three hits, allowing two unearned runs and striking out one.
    McGill-Toolen used four pitchers with Matthew Glover hurling 2 2/3 innings to get the win. LaRue pitched the final inning to get the save.
     McGill-Toolen’s Spencer Hadley had two hits and an RBI in game three and one hit and two RBIs in game two to earn Class 7A Championship Series MVP.  Jacob Huff slugged a triple and single to score two runs and Glover had a single and an RBI.
    Slate Alford also homered for Bob Jones in the second inning, a blast that hit the train passing by just beyond the left-field wall. Carver finished the homer and three RBIs in game three and was 4-for- with seven RBIs in the series. He also walked four times and was hit by a pitch.
    Mitchell Daly had a double and single and an RBI. Ray and Stewart Edge had two hits in game three. Bob Jones had 29 hits in the two games Saturday and finished the series with 38. McGill-Toolen had 25.
    The Patriots reached also reached the finals in 2001, the first year of the State Baseball Championship Series being held in Montgomery. McGill-Toolen was in its first state baseball final. This year marked the 19th year of the current championship format in the Capitol City.
    The Class 7A series closed out the 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships. 


Game 2: Bob Jones 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7
   Bob Jones High School slugged 17 hits to out-score McGill-Toolen Catholic 11-7 in  game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium to even the series at 1-1 Saturday.
    Game three was to get underway at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  The NFHS Network is live-streaming the Class 7A series over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
      McGill-Toolen won game one 8-6 but the contest ended with the Patriots (42-9) scoring three runs in the final inning. The bats of Coach Jared Smith’s lineup picked Saturday where they left off Friday night. Bob Jones scored five runs in the first two innings. However, McGill-Toolen’s lineup also came out hitting and held a 6-5 lead after three innings.  Reliever Sam Maynard stepped in to pitch five solid innings in relief allowing only two hits and one run the rest of the way to get the win.
     The only hit he allowed was a towering home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to McGill center fielder Michael Ellis. By then, the Patriots had posted 11 runs. Ellis also socked a double for Coach Tim Becker’s Jackets.
     Junior Cam Hill had four hits, including a double, and drove in a run to pace the 17-hit attack for Bob Jones. Right fielder Colton Carver had two hits and four RBIs, Slate Alford had three hits and John Michael Riley had two hits, two sacrifice flies and two RBIs.
   Ellis and Vinny Martino each had two hits for McGill-Toolen (31-8). Both Matthew Glover and Spencer Hadley had a single and two RBIs.
     The Class 7A series closes out the 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships. 

 

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com

MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (30-13) 1-9, Chelsea (26-15) 0 (Cullman (29-13) wins Class 6A state title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7) 8, Bob Jones (41-9) 6

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A
Game 2:
Bob Jones (42-9) 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-8) 7
Game 3: McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) 7, Bob Jones (42-10) 6 (McGill-Toolen Catholic (32-8) wins Class 7A state title)


Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: Bob Jones 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7

   Bob Jones High School slugged 17 hits to out-score McGill-Toolen Catholic 11-7 in  game two of the Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium to even the series at 1-1 Saturday.
    Game three was to get underway at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  The NFHS Network is live-streaming the Class 7A series over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
      McGill-Toolen won game one 8-6 but the contest ended with the Patriots (42-9) scoring three runs in the final inning. The bats of Coach Jared Smith’s lineup picked Saturday where they left off Friday night. Bob Jones scored five runs in the first two innings. However, McGill-Toolen’s lineup also came out hitting and held a 6-5 lead after three innings.  Reliever Sam Maynard stepped in to pitch five solid innings in relief allowing only two hits and one run the rest of the way to get the win.
     The only hit he allowed was a towering home run to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to McGill center fielder Michael Ellis. By then, the Patriots had posted 11 runs. Ellis also socked a double for Coach Tim Becker’s Jackets.
     Junior Cam Hill had four hits, including a double, and drove in a run to pace the 17-hit attack for Bob Jones. Right fielder Colton Carver had two hits and four RBIs, Slate Alford had three hits and John Michael Riley had two hits, two sacrifice flies and two RBIs.
   Ellis and Vinny Martino each had two hits for McGill-Toolen (31-8). Both Matthew Glover and Spencer Hadley had a single and two RBIs.
     The Class 7A series closes out the 2019 AHSAA State Baseball Championships. 

 

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com

MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (30-13) 1-9, Chelsea (26-15) 0 (Cullman (29-13) wins Class 6A state title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7) 8, Bob Jones (41-9) 6

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A
Game 2:
Bob Jones (42-9) 11, McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-8) 7
Game 3: Bob Jones (42-9) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-8), Saturday, 1 p.m.


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series

Cullman 1-9, Chelsea 0-4
    MONTGOMERY – Cullman High School swept Chelsea in  the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium 1-0 and 9-4 to claim the Bearcats’ fifth state championship in school history.
    Cullman took the momentum from winning game one 1-0 as Coach Brent Patterson’s team pounded out 12 hits – quite a contrast to just one hit in game one.
    Ben Hollis had three hits, scored twice and had one RBI in the final game to pace Cullman’s active bats. Catcher Nicholas Braswell also had two hits and two RBIs and winning pitcher Peyton Colvard stroked a triple, scored twice and had one RBI. He also pitched the complete-game win scattering eight hits, allowing only two earned runs, walking three and striking out three. He earned Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series MVP.
    Niklas Fondren also had two hits for Cullman.
    Chelsea, which managed only two hits in game one, totaled eight in game two with center fielder Bennett Norton getting two hits. Nolan Forehand and William Peacock also had a single and RBI each.

GAME 1: Cullman 1, Chelsea 0
    Cullman third baseman Brennen Norton broke up Chelsea left-hander Connor Ball’s no-hit bid in the first game of the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Friday night with a double down the left-field line with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the only run of the game moments later on Peyton Colvard’s grounder that got away from Hornets shortstop Nolan Forehand to give the Bearcats a 1-0 victory.
      Cullman pitcher Dylan Wallace tossed a two-hitter, walked two and struck out six to get the shutout win. Ball (9-4) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed the lone hit, one unearned run and struck out six. He only faced 22 batters.

Class 7A State Baseball Championship Series
Game 1: McGill-Toolen Catholic 8, Bob Jones 6
   The Class 7A series opened Friday with McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7) beating Bob Jones (41-9) 6-4 in game one at Paterson Field. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m., and game 3, if needed, will follow.
       All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
       McGill-Toolen took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Yellow Jackets hit for the cycle -- with senior pitching sensation Chandler Best slamming a solo homer, Vinny Martini slugged an RBI triple, Spencer Hadley had an RBI double and Jacob Huff had a single.
    Hadley doubled in two runs in the top of the third to give Coach Tim Becker’s Yellow Jackets a 5-0 lead.
    Bob Jones, coached by Jared Smith,  tagged Best for two runs in the bottom of the third doubles from Caden Rose and Cam Hill and an RBI single from Dylan Ray.
   
The Patriots rallied in the final inning to score three runs – a rally ignited by Mitchell Daly’s two-out triple, followed by a double by John Riley and a single by Slate Alford. Best, however, settled down and struck out the next batter to seal the win.
    Best (10-1) scattered nine hits in the complete-game effort, walked two and struck out seven. Austin East started for Bob Jones, went 2 1/3 innings and got the loss. The Patriots got a solid relief performance from Nick Brown, who hurled the final 4 2/3 innings, gave up four hits, three runs and struck out four.
    The two teams meet at Riverwalk Stadium Saturday morning for game two of the Best-of-3 series. Should a third game be necessary, it will follow approximately 30 minutes after completion of game two.
 

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com

MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1

THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.

FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (30-13) 1-9, Chelsea (26-15) 0 (Cullman (29-13) wins Class 6A state title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7) 8, Bob Jones (41-9) 6

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A: 
Bob Jones (41-9) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (31-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: Cullman 1, Chelsea 0

    MONTGOMERY – Cullman High School third baseman Brennen Norton broke up Chelsea left-hander Connor Ball’s no-hit bid in the first game of the Class 6A State Baseball Championship Series Friday night with a double down the left-field line with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and the scored the only run of the game when Peyton Colvard’s grounder got by Hornets shortstop Nolan Forehand to give the Bearcats a 1-0 victory.
      Cullman pitcher Dylan Wallace tossed a two-hitter, walked two and struck out six to get the shutout win. Ball (9-4) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed the lone hit, one unearned run and struck out six. He only faced 22 batters.
      Cullman (29-13), coached by Brent Patterson, and Chelsea (26-14), coached by Michael Stallings,  began 30 minutes after game one concluded. Game 3, if needed, will be at 3 p.m., Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium.
       All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m., and game 3, if needed, will follow.

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com

MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (28-13) 1, Chelsea (26-14) 0 in game one (Game 2 schedule to follow immediately)
PATERSON FIELD

Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A: 
Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series Game 3: Springville 9, Briarwood Christian 3

    MONTGOMERY – Springville’s Tigers rallied from Thursday’s 5-4 setback at Paterson Field in game one of the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series to win two straight Friday at Riverwalk Stadium to claim the school’s first state title since 1992.
          Coach Jonathan Ford’s Tigers (34-7) won game two 12-9 and then sealed the championship with a 9-3 win in the third and deciding game. Springville’s third inning in each contest turned out to be the difference – scoring nine in the third frame in game two posting eight runs in the third in game three.
     That was all pitcher Braden Hughes would need. He hurled seven strong innings in the final game, scattering six hits and striking out two to get the win. He also had one hit and two RBIs in the game three and had two hits and three RBIs in game 2.
   Brant Brown also had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers in game three lead-off hitter Brandon Daniels had two hits, scored twice and one RBI. He also made an exceptional catch in the final inning to record out two.
     Sam Hamner had two hits and an RBI for Briarwood Christian (20-16), coached by Steve Renfroe. Starting pitcher Carson McKinney had one hit and an RBI and Blake McKenna drove in the other run with one hit.
    Bryce Perrien allowed only one hit over the final four innings and struck two for the Lions.  Briarwood opened the season losing 11 straight, then rebounded to win 20 of its next 25 game to finish as Class 5A state runner-up.      All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
        The Class 6A Championship Series featuring Cullman and Chelsea got underway Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium, picking up Thursday’s suspended game in the second inning. Game two was scheduled to follow completion of game one Friday night.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m., and game 3, if needed, will follow.

Game 2: Springville 12, Briarwood Christian 9
    MONTGOMERY – Springville’s Tigers posted nine runs in the top of the third inning to take control of game 2 of the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Friday, but then had to hold on at the end as Briarwood Christia­­­n scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Tigers won 12-9 to send the series into the deciding game early Friday afternoon.
     Coach Jonathan Ford’s Tigers (33-7) built a 12-4 lead heading into the bottom of seventh chiefly on a third-inning outburst that accumulated nine runs on seven hits and four hit-by-pitches. Designated hitter Ivan Cornelius drove in two runs with a double, and Braden Hughes plated three with a triple.
     The Lions (20-15) mounted an impressive rally in the seventh, scoring five runs on five hits before Chase Isbell came in to get the final two outs via strikeouts thanks to his 92-mile-per-hour fastball to get the save. Reliever Clayton Tittle pitched 2 2/3 inning of middle relief to get the win. Briarwood’s big hit of the inning was a two-RBI single by Carson McKinney
    
Springville had 12 hits with Hughes collecting a triple and single for three RBIs. Cornelius added two hits and three RBIs and Brandon Daniels and Max Harrison each had one hit and two RBIs.
     Bryce Perrien and McKinney finished with two hits and two RBIs for Briarwood.
     The Class 6A series between Cullman and Chelsea resumes game 1 in the today at 4 p.m., at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 to follow.
      All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
        The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m., and game 3, if needed, will follow.

                   

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com

MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5,
Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1 suspended in the second inning Thursday night; will resume Friday at Riverwalk Stadium at 4 p.m., with game 2 to follow.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (34-7) 12-9, Briarwood Christian (20-16) 9-3 (Springville (34-7) wins Class 5A state title)
Class 6A: Cullman (28-13) 1, Chelsea (26-14) 0 in game one (Game 2 schedule to follow immediately)
PATERSON FIELD

Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A: 
Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: Briarwood Christian 5, Springville 4

   MONTGOMERY – Briarwood Christian scored the winning run in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch as the Lions (20-14) of Coach Steve Renfroe took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series over Springville (32-7) in the AHSAA Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series at Paterson Field Thursday night.
    Both teams weathered lightning delays with some clutch play from start to finish.
    The Lions collected 12 hits off three Springville pitchers, and Coach Jonathan Ford’s Tigers managed nine off two Briarwood hurlers.
    Briarwood scored two runs in the top of the first thanks to RBI singles by Wesley Helms and Sam Hamner. Springville got one run back when center fielder and lead-off hitter Brandon Daniels slammed a home run over the center-field wall. Briarwood stretched its lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth but the Tigers rallied to tie the game with Brant Brown slugging a homer for the big hit.
   The Lions made it 4-3 in the top of the fifth on Hamner’s RBI single, and the Tigers tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Braden Hughes. Hamner finished with three hits and two RBIs for Briarwood. Helms, Carson McKinney, Blake McKenna and Tyler Waugh each had two hits for the Lions. Ivan Cornelius and Max Harrison had two hits for Springville.
    Winning pitcher Noah Whatley yielded nine hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck out four. McKinney got the final two outs in the seventh inning to get the save. Springville starting pitcher Cornelius pitched 4 2/3 innings, gave up 10 hits, four runs and struck out two. Reliever Noah Hanrahan pitched 1 1/3 innings to get the loss.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., Friday at Riverwalk Stadium.  Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
        The Class 6A Championship Series open play at Paterson Field Thursday in the late game. Cullman (28-13) and Chelsea (26-13) will conclude the 6A series at Riverwalk Stadium Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. The third game, if needed, will follow immediately.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.

 

 

AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com


MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1

THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: G.W. Long (34-6) 7,
Westbrook Christian (23-14) 0 (G.W. Long (34-6) wins 2A State Title)
Class 4A: Brooks (27-8) 6, Sipsey Valley (20-17) 4 (Brooks (27-8) wins 4A State Title)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (20-14) 5, Springville (32-7) 4
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (32-7) vs. Briarwood Christian (20-14), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)

Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A:
 Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)

 

 


Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: Brooks 6, Sipsey Valley 4 (Brooks wins 4A state title)

AHSAA State Baseball Championships

    MONTGOMERY – Junior pitcher Carson Villalta persevered through two lightning delays and late Sipsey Valley rally to hurl the complete-game 6-4 victory Thursday night in game two of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium. The triumph gave Coach Jacob Fowler’s Lions (27-8) the sweep and the school’s first state baseball title in its rich sports history.
     Villalta allowed six hits, four runs, walked one and struck out eight in a journeyman effort. Despite the lightning delays that turned the 4 o’clock finals into a three-hour, 39-minute  marathon, His sharp fastball was still consistently hitting the low 80s in the final inning as he retired the side to seal the win.
    Sipsey Valley (20-17) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brandon Moore doubled and scored Jackson Smith’s RBI single. The Bears of Coach Bobby Moore got three of their six hits in that initial rally.
     The Lions posted three runs off starter Caleb Junkin in the top of the second inning with three hits coupled with two Bears errors to take a 3-1 lead. Lake Spurgeon delivered a two-out, two-run double to plate two runs.
    Junkin, who hurled five innings allowing six hits and striking out five, and Villalta were very sharp over the next three innings. Sipsey Valley rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Junkin started the rally with a lead-off double. Brandon Moore drove in two runs with his second double of the night and Cade Whitley drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly.
    The momentum shifted to Brook after the next lightning delay. The Lions posted three runs in the top of the sixth – scoring the first run on a throwing error and the second on a balk. Charlie Crowley singled in the final run to give Brooks the lead for good.
    Spurgeon finished with two doubles and two RBIs for Brooks and Carson Daniel had two hits and scored two runs.  Brandon Moore, son of the head coach, had two hits, scored two runs and also had two RBIs.
        Classes 5A and 6A opened play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday with Briarwood Christian (19-14) playing Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in the Class 5A series and Cullman (28-13) facing Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A series opening game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday with game two in the 5A series at 10 a.m., with a third game to follow if needed. The 6A series moves to Riverwalk at 4 p.m.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.
          All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over the NFHS Network subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.


AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com


MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0


WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1



THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: 
Westbrook Christian (23-13) vs. G.W. Long (33-6), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) vs. Sipsey Valley (20-16), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 1, 4 p.m.
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1, 7 p.m.



FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)

Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A:
 Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Game 2: G.W. Long 7, Westbrook Christian 0 (G.W. Long win championship)

    MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long High School senior pitcher/third baseman Matt Snell will have plenty to remember from his high school baseball-playing days – like three straight Class 2A state  titles as a member of the Rebels’ baseball team.
    Wednesday, he etched his performance at Riverwalk Stadium into the memories of the Skipperville faithful in attendance as he hurled a six-hitter to shut out Westbrook Christian 7-0 in the second and deciding game of the AHSAA 2019 Class 2A State Baseball Championship series. The Rebels (34-6) swept the Warriors (23-14) thank in big part to the hitting and pitching of Snell.
    
He struck out 12 as Long won its 16th state baseball title since 1989 – when head coach Drew Miller was admittedly just 10 years old. None of this year’s roster was even born. Yet, the legacy that started 21 years ago is alive and well thanks to Miller’s dedication and his players’ commitment, he said.
     Snell earned Class 2A Championships Series MVP in style. He was 4-for-4 in game two with two runs scored and an RBI. He hit the only homer of the week so far over the right-field fence to give the Rebels a 6-0 lead. He finished the series batting .778 on a 7-of-9 hitting spree. He drove in four runs and also scored four.
     G.W. Long pounded 27 hits in the two wins, a team batting average of .435, with 19 RBIs. Catcher Slade Simmons was 4-for-7 with four RBIs, including two hits Wednesday. First sacker Harrison Gray was 4-for-6 with three RBIs. He also had two hits in game two.
     Snell was especially masterful in the tough situations. Westbrook’s Andrew Dutton delivered a two-out triple to right center in the first inning, but Snell struck out the next batter to end  the threat. The Warriors of Coach Matt Kennedy got a man on third in the second frame when John Ross Morgan doubled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Snell got the third out on another strikeout to end the inning.
    G.W. Long came out swinging, collecting one run in the first, one in the second and three in the bottom of the  third inning. Snell singled in the first inning and scored on Simmons’ double. Parker Collier drew a two-out walk in the second inning, stole second and scored on Carson Dunlap’s timely single.
     Snell had a lead-off single in the third and pinch-runner Blayne McDaniel scored on a bases-loaded infield hit by Jake Steed. The Rebels got two more runs on a single by Collier. McDaniel scored the final run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Gray.
     Andrew Dutton
had two hits for Westbrook. Samuel Dutton started on the mound and pitched 3 1/3 innings to get the loss. Steven Smith pitched two shutout innings in relief.
    The Class 4A State Championship Series was scheduled to be completed at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.
          All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


 


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: Brooks 4, Sipsey Valley 1

    MONTGOMERY – Senior pitcher Thorne Trapp pitched a complete-game victory Wednesday night to lead Brooks (26-8) to a 4-1 victory over Sipsey Valley (21-15) in the first game of the AHSAA Class 4A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 4 p.m., Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium.  Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Thorne scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out six in a solid performance for Coach Jacob Fowler’s Lions. He and Sipsey Valley junior hurler Cade Whitley were locked in quite a pitching duel with the game tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Brooks got three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then blanked the Bears of Coach Bobby Moore in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
    Charlie Crowley, batting eighth in the Brooks lineup, singled to left to start the rally. Kobe Warden then beat out a sacrifice bunt for a hit and lead-off hitter Lake Spurgeon walked to load the bases. Crowley scored on a wild pitch, Warden came in on a sacrifice fly and Peyton Plants singled to drive in the insurance run.
      Brandon Moore, who was brought to the mound in the sixth to close down the rally, singled in Sipsey Valley’s only run in the top of the sixth. Brett Urban doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth for Brooks and scored the game’s first run when catcher Hayden Walton doubled to right field to drive him in.
      Walton, Plants and Crowley each had two hits for the Lions. Tyler Moore and Caleb Junkin had two hits each for the Bears.
    Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.


AHSAA 2019 STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
at Montgomery, Paterson Field & Riverwalk Stadium
May 13-May 18 (All games live-streamed over the NFHS Network; for info go to www.nfhsnetwork.com


MONDAY, MAY 13
PATERSON FIELD
Class 1A:  
Mars Hill Bible (33-6) 4, Brantley (29-9) 3

TUESDAY, MAY 14
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 1A: 
Mars Hill Bible (34-6) 13, Brantley (29-10) 2 (Mars Hill Bible (34-6) wins Class 1A State Championship)

PATERSON FIELD
Class 3A: 
Providence Christian (29-8) 4, Piedmont (35-9) 0


WEDNESDAY,  MAY 15
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 3A: Game 2: Piedmont (36-9) 5, Providence Christian (29-9) 4 (nine innings)
                  Game 3: Providence Christian (30-9) 16, Piedmont (36-10) 6 (six innings) (Providence Christian (30-9) wins Class 3A State Championship)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 2A: 
G.W. Long (33-6) 18, Westbrook Christian (23-13) 5 (5 innings)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) 4, Sipsey Valley (20-16) 1


THURSDAY,  MAY 16
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 2A: 
Westbrook Christian (23-13) vs. G.W. Long (33-6), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
Class 4A: Brooks (26-8) vs. Sipsey Valley (20-16), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 5A: Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 1, 4 p.m.
Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 1, 7 p.m.


FRIDAY,  MAY 17
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 5A: 
Springville (32-6) vs. Briarwood Christian (19-14), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)

Class 6A: Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13), Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 3, if  needed, follows immediately)
PATERSON FIELD
Class 7A: Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 1, 6 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18
RIVERWALK STADIUM
Class 7A:
 Bob Jones (41-8) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (27-7), Game 2, 10 a.m. (Game 3, if needed, follows immediately)


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Game 1: G.W. Long 18, Westbrook Christian 5

    MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 2A state champion G.W. Long scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning on eight hits and cruised to an 18-5 victory over Westbrook Christian in the opening game of the AHSAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship Series Wednesday night at Paterson Field.
     The two teams will resume the best 2-of-3 series at 10 a.m., Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Southern League AA Montgomery Biscuits. Game three, if needed, will follow immediately after completion of the second game.  All AHSAA Championship Series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    The Rebels (33-6) of Coach Drew Miller, winners of an AHSAA state-record 15 state baseball titles with the first coming in 1989, wasted little time in taking control of the opening game at Paterson Field. Kam Faria opened with a double down the left-field line and when he came up the plate for the second time in the inning nine batters later, he walked to force in a run. Senior third baseman Matt Snell had a two-run double and sophomore Harrison Gray drove in two runs with a single. A total of 15 Rebels hitters came to the plate in the inning.
    Long added four runs in the second and third innings to take an 18-1 lead before Westbrook Christian(23-13) rallied for three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
   Snell finished with three hits and three RBIs, catcher Slade Simmons had two hits, including a triple, and had three RBIs, and Gray had two hits and two RBIs.  Trevor Morris scored four runs and had one hit. Collecting doubles were Faria, Snell, Gray and Jake Steed.
     Westbrook catcher Greysen Robinson had two hits and drove in three runs for Coach Matt Kennedy’s Warriors. Third baseman Isaac James had a double and single and one RBI.
      Westbrook used five pitchers with starter Ashley Dutton getting the loss. The  Warriors issued six walks and hit one batter.  G.W. Long used three hurlers with Jake Steed working the final three innings. Christian Collier pitched the first inning and Carson Dunlap hurled the second inning.
    The Class 4A State Championship Series opened Wednesday night in the second game with Sipsey Valley facing Brooks. That series will resume at Riverwalk Stadium Thursday at 4 p.m.
    Classes 5A and 6A open play in those championship series at Paterson Field Thursday. Briarwood Christian (19-14) plays Springville (32-6) at 4 p.m., in game 1 of the Class 5A series, and Cullman (28-13) faces Chelsea (26-13) in the 6A first  game at 7. Both series move to Riverwalk Friday.
    The Class 7A series featuring Bob Jones (41-8) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (30-7) will play its first game Friday night at Paterson Field at 6 p.m. The 7A series will conclude Saturday at Riverwalk Stadium with game 2 at 10 a.m.