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Northview’s K.J. Braswell Accounts for 10 RBIs in Cougars’ 22-12 Win over Eufaula

AHSAA Softball Spotlight

     MONTGOMERY – Northview High School’s K.J. Braswell delivered in a big way in the Cougars’ 22-12 softball victory over Eufaula.  She was 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in 10 runs – one shy of the AHSAA single-game state record – and vaulted the junior into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight this week.
    She had a sacrifice fly for a RBI in the first inning, singled home two runs in the second inning, doubled to plate two more in the third, singled home two in the fourth and doubled with the bases full for three in the fifth. The 10 runs batted in tied Enterprise’s Sara Hilton (2008), who had 10 RBIs in a 13-0 win over Charles Henderson, for second in the AHSAA Record Book. Central-Florence’s Candace Arreloa had 11 RBIs in a 16-1 win over Ardmore in the North Regional Tourney in 2011.  Three players are listed with nine RBIs in a game and 12 have had 8, according to the record book which can be found online at

   The NFHS National Record Book lists the national record as 16, set by Theresa Shaw of East Machias Washington Academy (MA) in 1983.
    Coach Jessica Noble’s Cougars (32-8) had 21 hits overall in the Eufaula win and scored in every inning. Sophomore third baseman Rayleigh Thagard also had a big day, going 3-for-5 with six runs batted in. She slugged a three-run homer. Avery Groover was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, including a solo homer and a two-run double, and Jaala Torrence had three hits and an RBI. Carly Puckett led Eufaula’s 13-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with two doubles.
    Braswell’s performance edged out a milestone effort by Pleasant Valley’s softball team and a second-chance opportunity by Wickburg senior Ashton White.
Pleasant Valley, coached by David Bryant, beat Walter Wellborn 2-1 to capture the Class 3A, Area 11 title and the right to host the area tourney for fourth straight year.  Pleasant Valley has a 15-game winning streak versus area teams in regular season and area tournament play since 2017.
     The Lady Raiders scored their only runs in the first inning on Bailey Harris’ two-out, two-run double to right-centerfield on a 3-2 pitch. It brought home Savannah Williams and Cortney Williams. Both reached base on walks after two outs had been recorded.
was called back to the plate in the final inning of the Panthers’ game versus Geneva after what she thought had been a hit-by-pitch was ruled a foul ball by the umpire.  The freshman made the most of the second opportunity and drilled a double to right center field two pitches later to drive in teammate Rosie Robinson with the game’s only run as Wicksburg beat Geneva 1-0 in a pool-play game of the Dothan Diamond Classic. Another freshman, teammate Kara Cox, also provided some defensive heroics – making two outstanding catches in center field to preserve the shutout. She made one catch against the fence and made a diving grab on another difficult play to keep a run from scoring.
    In other softball highlights reported:

EMMA FLOURNOY, SLOCOMB: Combined with Rayleigh Cotton to pitch a five-inning no hitter, and Dothan’s Nicole Turner also hurled a no-hitter as well as the Red Tops escaped with a 2-1 win. Harleigh Sims scored Slocomb runs. She walked in the second inning, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error. She walked again in the fourth inning, moved to third on a sacrifice and ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Tossed a five-inning no-hitter and struck out 11 as the Jets blanked Florence 10-0. Sarah Simon slugged a grand slam to provide all the runs Emily would need.
GRACEANNE SPEARS, OPP: Got the 6-0 shutout win over Charles Henderson allowing only two hits and striking a season high 14 Trojans.
MEGAN WARHURST, RUSSELLVILLE: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out seven to notch a 3-1 win over Lawrence County.
ALEA JOHNSON, FAIRHOPE: Pitched the Pirates to a 13-0 win allowing one hit in five innings and striking out 12.
EMMAH ROLFE, BOB JONES: Struck out 14 in a 4-3 win over Austin.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning and at the plate with two outs and two strikes, Pierce delivered a dramatic two-run homer to lift the Trojans past Spanish Fort 3-2. Pierce had struck out in her three previous at bats in the game. She also pitched a complete game to get the win.
GRACE ROBERTSON, THOMPSON: Pounded a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Warriors (29-3) to a 9-8 win over Oak Mountain to clinch the Class 7A, Area 5 title. Teammates Kindal DeRamus and Madison Plunkett also had back-to-back homers in the first inning. Plunkett, who finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs, delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the sixth inning as Thompson tied the game at 8-8 to set the stage for Robertson’s clutch blast two innings later to finish with three hits and two RBIs.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Pounded a game-winning single to plate the winning run in a 4-3 win over Austin.
ASPEN GERALD, BALDWIN COUNTY: Had three hits, and two RBIs, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning to plate the winning run, as the Tigers nipped Daphne 5-4.
ABBIE WATERS, GARDENDALE: Was 7-for-7 in two wins for the Rockets (30-5), collecting three triples and a double and scoring three runs. Gardendale out-scored Carver 15-0 and Moody 12-2 in the process.
SHELBY HAAS, MADISON COUNTY: Slugged a grand slam home run and finished with three hits and six RBIs in a 14-2 win over New Hope.
MADISON KOGER, FAIRHOPE: Had three hits, scored three runs and had four RBIs as the Pirates beat Murphy 19-1.
CAROLINE CLARK, COLBERT HEIGHTS: Homered in four straight games and finished with five during the stretch last weekend for the Wildcats.
CAROLYN CARTER, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Had five hits, including s three-run homer, and finished with four RBIs in a 20-2 win over Southside-Selma.
ALYSSA BARNES, JOHN CARROLL CATHOLIC: Had six hits in three wins with two homers and six RBIs. She also scored three runs.
MACIE HERREN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Collected three hits in the finals of the Gadsden Umpires Invitational Tournament Silver Bracket to lift the Panthers to a 10-1 win over Skyline. She had a double among her hits and drove in three runs.
KATE WARRICK, GOSHEN: Had a home run, single and five RBIs in a 13-2 win over Zion Chapel.
BRI POSEY, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Had four hits and four RBIs in a 6-2 win over Lauderdale County.
JORDAN MOORE, HOOVER: Gad three doubles and two home runs in six games for the Lady Bucs for the week.
SAVANA FURLOUGH, NEW HOPE: Had a home run, two doubles and three RBIs to lead New Hope past Athens Bible 8-0.
EMMA NORDEMAN, RANDOLPH: Went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and winning pitcher Joanna Vega also collected four hits at the plate as the Raiders beat St. John Paul II Catholic 14-3.
MADDISON BLEVINS, COLUMBIA: Had three hits, including a homer and two doubles, to drive in four runs in a 9-8 win over St. John Paul II Catholic.
LEXIE BULLOCK, HELENA: Hit two home runs among her three hits, had three RBIs and three runs scored as the Huskies beat Calera 5-3.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Drilled two home runs and had four RBIs in a 14-0 win over Brindlee Mountain.
KAYLA BESTER, PIKE ROAD: Managed six RBIs and scored three times in a 17-1 win over Bullock County.
HARLEIGH COLLUM, HIGHLAND HOME: Slugged two triples and collected four RBIs in the Flying Squadron’s 22-2 win over Central-Hayneville. Teammate Rachel Whiddon also had four RBIs.

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