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Class 5A State Baseball Championship Series 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 (33-7) 12, Briarwood Christian (20-15) 9, (Game 3, Friday afternoon)
Class 6A: 
Cullman (27-13) vs. Chelsea (26-13),  will resume Game 1 Friday at 4 p.m. (Game 2 will follow immediately (Game 3, if needed, will be Saturday, TBA)
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)


G.W. Long Wins 2A State Softball Title; Weather Causes Schedule Changes for 3A & 6A Finals

By SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – G.W. Long High School emerged from weather interruption Thursday night to post a 3-0 victory over Hatton (44-16) in the Class 2A State softball finals for the Lady Rebels’ second state championship in a row.  The championship for Coach Nikki Long’s team was the only one decided Thursday as the second day of the 34th annual AHSAA State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park got underway  Thursday at Lagoon Park.
   Olivia “Libby” Baker pitched a complete-game shutout and added a home run to cap an MVP performance for top-ranked G.W. Long. The Rebels (56-3) completed a perfect run through the Class 2A tournament to win their second straight state championship.
    G.W. Long opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run by Emmaline Hughes. In the bottom of the fourth, Baker hit her 38th homer of the season to extend the national record she set Wednesday. The Rebels wrapped up the scoring in the sixth inning. After Baker drew a walk, she scored on an RBI-double by Makenna Long. Baker allowed just one hit and struck out 13, including all three batters in the top of the seventh, to clinch the win.
    Joining Baker on the Class 2A All-Tourney Team were: Savannah Wood, G.W. Long; Makenna Long, G.W. Long; Emma Latham, Hatton; Brayden Mitchell, Hatton; Ashley Berryman, Hatton.
     The late other games, including championships in 3A and 6A, were delayed due to weather and were re-scheduled for Friday.
     The 3A and 6A finals have been moved to Friday at 1:15 p.m., with Pisgah (46-10), in the 3A finals, awaiting the outcome of the Wicksburg (46-14) vs. Prattville Christian (45-8-1) elimination bracket finals re-scheduled for 8 a.m...
   The Class 6A finals have also been re-scheduled for Friday at 1:15 p.m. with Gardendale (48-6-2), which 3-0 in the winner’s bracket to reach the finals, facing the winner of the Buckhorn-Brookwood elimination bracket final.
    Other classification schedule adjustments can be found on the updated brackets at
www.ahsaa.com.
    Results reported from Thursday’s completed games included:

CLASS 6A
Game 12: Brookwood 4, Spanish Fort 2 (11 innings)
   Back-to-back doubles by Brookwood’s Faith Owens and Bailee Butler broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning. Butler also scored on an RBI-single by Hope Owens and the Panthers (38-12) held on for the win.
    Kamryn Murdock scattered six hits over 11 innings to get the pitching victory. She outlasted Spanish Fort ace Ainsley Lambert, who struck out 17 for the game. Brookwood was scheduled to play Buckhorn in the elimination bracket finals Thursday night with the winner advancing  to face Gardendale.

Game 11: Gardendale 3, Buckhorn 1
   
Gardendale (48-6-2) scored twice in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Riley Phillips started the two-out rally with a single. She later scored on an RBI-single by Abbie Waters. Carlee McCondichie singled home the next run to give the Rockets the 3-1 lead.
   Kaitlyn Clark got the pitching win after working the first four innings. Haley Horton pitched the final three to get the save. Phillips and McCondichie had two hits each for Gardendale.
   Morgan Nowakowski was 2-for-3 to lead Buckhorn (37-11).

CLASS 3A
Game 12: Prattville Christian 2, Geneva 0
    Landyn McAnnally recorded the complete-game shutout in the elimination game. PCA scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carolyn Carter doubled and later scored on an RBI-single by Mckenzie Montgomery. She also came home on a single by Paisley Wilson.

 Game 11: Pisgah 2, Wicksburg 0
    Leigha Kirby pitched a complete-game shutout for Pisgah to send the Eagles into the Class 3A finals. She scattered five hits and struck out five batters, while the Eagles plated single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. Annie Hughes’ solo home run in the first inning would prove to be all the offense Pisgah would need. Kennedy Barron led off the fourth with a solo shot of her own to wrap up the scoring.
   Pitcher Emily Boin struck out nine batters for Wicksburg.


Game 9: Prattville Christian 12, Pleasant Valley 0 (5 innings)
     A 10-run third inning paved the way for Prattville Christian’s mercy-rule win. Eight players in the PCA lineup recorded at least one hit, including Callie McAnnally, Carolyn Carter and Paisley Wilson, who each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Landyn McAnnally pitched a five-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts.

CLASS 2A
Game 13: Hatton 9, Collinsville 1
   Collinsville took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning before Hatton scored nine unanswered runs to advance to the championship to face G.W. Long. Ashley Berryman started the rally versus Collinsville (34-17-1) with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.
    The Hornets (44-16) added three more runs in the frame, including an RBI-triple by Emma Latham. Berryman and Cloey Lovelady each homered in the sixth to wrap up the scoring. Berryman recorded the pitching victory.


Game 12: Hatton 11, Sand Rock 3
   
Hatton scored 11 runs off 15 hits to stay alive in the elimination bracket. After a scoreless first inning, the Hornets score in the top of four of the next six frames.  Bradyn Mitchell was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Emma Latham homered and went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. In the circle, Ashley Berryman went the distance, scattering six hits over seven innings with two strikeouts. Ella Grace Hood led Sand Rock with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

Game 11: G.W. Long 13, Collinsville 3 (6 innings)
   
G.W. Long exploded for 13 runs off 12 hits to advance to the state finals to face Hatton.
    Makenna Long drove in seven runs on a 2-for-4 showing, getting a three-run shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the sixth. Savannah
Wood also homered, driving in three runs with a blast in the bottom of the second inning. Emmaline Hughes and Hayden Hughes also added two hits each for the Rebels. Wood recorded the pitching victory getting six strikeouts on the day.

CLASS 7A
Game 1: Spain Park 4, Baker 2
    Spain Park (41-6) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie before holding off a late Baker rally. Consecutive walks by Annabelle Widra and Taylor Harrington led off the frame before Maddie Majors homered to center field.
     Widra, who also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters, added an RBI-single in the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, Krissy Hutchinson and Bailey Murphy each singled and scored for Baker (38-16).

Game 2: Auburn 5, Bob Jones 2
   Auburn (21-16) broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers opened the frame with four straight singles to score two runs. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Goodwin added the last run. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Mackenzie Jordan, Jaye Ellen Davis and Daleya Scaife also added two hits each.
     Alexa Douthitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Bob Jones (34-11).


Game 3: Sparkman 10, Central-Phenix City 4
    Sparkman (37-10) scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and four in the seventh to get the win. The Senators sent 10 batters to the plate in the opening frame, getting five hits and taking advantage of four errors by Central (34-18). T.J. Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Calvert also got the win in the circle after pitching all seven innings.

Game 4: Fairhope 2, Hewitt-Trussville 0
    Fairhope (41-3) scored both runs in the bottom of the second inning. Emma Kropp singled and later scored on an RBI-double by Alea Johnson. Johnson also scored on Claire Wagner’s RBI-single. Johnson also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters. Hewitt (38-15-1) out-hit Fairhope 10-3 but stranded 11 runners, included three times with the bases loaded.

CLASS 5A

Game 1: Rehobeth 7, Mortimer Jordan 0
  
Stephanie Schoonover struck out 17 and pitched a no-hitter for Rehobeth (37-11). The Rebels plated a single run in the top of the first inning before scoring three times each in the fourth and seventh frames. Sydney Pybus was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Rehobeth at the plate. Makayla Peters also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Game 2: John Carroll Catholic 11, Sardis 1 (6 innings)
   John Carroll scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The Cavaliers led 8-1 heading into the sixth before scoring three runs to evoke the mercy rule.
    A two-run home run by Kayla Coley-Drayton ended the game. She finished 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Claire Boone also drove in four runs, including a three-run home run in the first inning for the Cavaliers (28-8-1). Macey Ogle went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate and also got the pitching victory. An RBI-single by Harlee Vincent scored the lone run for Sardis.

Game 3: Ardmore 12, Shelby County 4
   
Nursing a 5-4 lead, Ardmore (26-6) scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take control. The Tigers took advantage of three hits, three walks and two Shelby County errors in the frame to grab a 12-4 lead. Eight different players had one hit each for Ardmore. Sydney Hall scattered six hits and struck out 12 to get the pitching win.

Game 4: Hayden 8, Satsuma 6
    
Hayden (42-5) scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to rally for the win. After Olivia Armstrong’s RBI-triple with two outs tied the game, Isabelle Johnson homered to center field to provide the go-ahead runs. It was the second home run of the game for Johnson, who also had a solo blast in the second inning. Miah Simmons recorded the pitching win for the Wildcats. Satsuma (42-11) was led by Sydney Sizemore’s 3-for-3 showing at the plate.

Game 8: Hayden 10, Ardmore 6
    Trailing 5-4 entering the top of the fourth inning, Hayden (43-5) outscored Ardmore 6-2 the rest of the way to get the win. The Wildcats notched 11 hits, including four home runs. Lindsey Smith was 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a solo homer. She drove in three runs. Katelyn Belding, Isabelle Johnson and Taylor Yeager added two hits each. Hannah Cox picked up the pitching victory. Madelyn Hodges drove in three runs for Ardmore (26-7) with a 3-for-3 showing at the plate.


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)


Pisgah and G.W. Long Move into 3A and 2A Finals with Early Wins Thursday

AHSAA State Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

MONTGOMERY – Results from softball action in Thursday’s morning and early afternoon sessions are below. The late games, including champonships in 2A and 3A, will be added in a later update.
CLASS 3A

Game 12: Prattville Christian 2, Geneva 0
    Landyn McAnnally recorded the complete-game shutout in the elimination game. PCA scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carolyn Carter doubled and later scored on an RBI-single by Mckenzie Montgomery. She also came home on a single by Paisley Wilson.

 Game 11: Pisgah 2, Wicksburg 0
    Leigha Kirby pitched a complete-game shutout for Pisgah to send the Eagles into the Class 3A finals. She scattered five hits and struck out five batters, while the Eagles plated single runs in the bottom of the first and fourth innings. Annie Hughes’ solo home run in the first inning would prove to be all the offense Pisgah would need. Kennedy Barron led off the fourth with a solo shot of her own to wrap up the scoring.
   Pitcher Emily Boin struck out nine batters for Wicksburg.


Game 9: Prattville Christian 12, Pleasant Valley 0 (5 innings)
     A 10-run third inning paved the way for Prattville Christian’s mercy-rule win. Eight players in the PCA lineup recorded at least one hit, including Callie McAnnally, Carolyn Carter and Paisley Wilson, who each went 2-for-3 at the plate. Landyn McAnnally pitched a five-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts.

Class 2A
Game 12: Hatton 11, Sand Rock 3
   
Hatton scored 11 runs off 15 hits to stay alive in the elimination brack. After a scoreless first inning, the Hornets score in the top of four of the next six frames.  Bradyn Mitchell was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Emma Latham homered and went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. In the circle, Ashley Berryman went the distance, scattering six hits over seven innings with two strikeouts. EllaGrace Hood led Sand Rock with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

Game 11: G.W. Long 13, Collinsville 3 (6 innings)
   
G.W. Long exploded for 13 runs off 12 hits to advance to the state finals to face Hatton.
    Makenna Long drove in seven runs on a 2-for-4 showing, getting a three-run shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the sixth. Savannah
Wood also homered, driving in three runs with a blast in the bottom of the second inning. Emmaline Hughes and Hayden Hughes also added two hits each for the Rebels. Wood recorded the pitching victory getting six strikeouts on the day.

CLASS 7A
Game 1: Spain Park 4, Baker 2
    Spain Park scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie before holding off a late Baker rally. Consecutive walks by Annabelle Widra and Taylor Harrington led off the frame before Maddie Majors homered to center field.
     Widra, who also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters, added an RBI-single in the sixth inning. In the top of the sixth, Krissy Hutchinson and Bailey Murphy each singled and scored for Baker.

Game 2: Auburn 5, Bob Jones 2
   Auburn broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Tigers opened the frame with four straight singles to score two runs. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Goodwin added the last run. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Mackenzie Jordan, JayeEllen Davis and Daleya Scaife also added two hits each.
     Alexa Douthitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Bob Jones.


Game 3: Sparkman 10, Central-Phenix City 4
    Sparkman scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and four in the seventh to get the win. The Senators sent 10 batters to the plate in the opening frame, getting five hits and taking advantage of four Central errors. T.J. Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Calvert also got the win in the circle after pitching all seven innings.

Game 4: Fairhope 2, Hewitt-Trussville 0
    Fairhope score both runs in the bottom of the second inning. Emma Kropp singled and later scored on an RBI-double by Alea Johnson. Johnson also scored on Claire Wagner’s RBI-single. Johnson also got the pitching win after striking out 11 batters. Hewitt out-hit Fairhope 10-3 but stranded 11 runners, included three times with the bases loaded.

CLASS 5A

Game 1: Rehobeth 7, Mortimer Jordan 0
  
Stephanie Schoonover struck out 17 and pitched a no-hitter for Rehobeth. The Rebels plated a single run in the top of the first inning before scoring three times each in the fourth and seventh frames. Sydney Pybus was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Rehobeth at the plate. Makayla Peters also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Game 2: John Carroll 11, Sardis 1 (6 innings)
   John Carroll scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. The Cavaliers led 8-1 heading into the sixth before scoring three runs to evoke the mercy rule.
    A two-run home run by Kayla Coley-Drayton ended the game. She finished 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Claire Boone also drove in four runs, including a three-run home run in the first inning for the Cavaliers (28-8-1). Macey Ogle went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate and also got the pitching victory. An RBI-single by Harlee Vincent scored the lone run for Sardis.

Game 3: Ardmore 12, Shelby County 4
   
Nursing a 5-4 lead, Ardmore scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take control. The Tigers took advantage of three hits, three walks and two Shelby County errors in the frame to grab a 12-4 lead. Eight different players had one hit each for Ardmore. Sydney Hall scattered six hits and struck out 12 to get the pitching win.

Game 4: Hayden 8, Satsuma 6
    
Hayden scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to rally for the win. After Olivia Armstrong’s RBI-triple with two outs tied the game, Isabelle Johnson homered to center field to provide the go-ahead runs. It was the second home run of the game for Johnson, who also had a solo blast in the second inning. Miah Simmons recorded the pitching win for the Wildcats. Satsuma was led by Sydney Sizemore’s 3-for-3 showing at the plate.

 


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.


 


G.W. Long’s Olivia Baker Sets National Record with 36th Home Run of the Season as 2019 State Softball Championships Get Underway

MONTGOMERY -- Senior Olivia Baker hit her 36th home run this morning in G.W. Long’s first game of the 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park Wednesday to set the NFHS National record for homers in a single season. The Rebels (53-3) of Coach Nikki Long, beat Sumiton Christian 4-2 to advance to the second round of the winner’s bracket. Baker’s two-run blast and Hanna Segars’ highlighted a three-run first inning in the win.  Kate Chauncey had a solo blast for Long’s final run. Jessie Baughn had a homer or Sumiton Christian in the first inning. Savanna Wood (17-2) struck out 12 to get the pitching win.
    The previous national record (35) was set by another Alabamian, Pisgah’s Shelby Holley in 2011. Baker’s blast was the 86th of her storied career with the Lady Rebels – also the NFHS National record. Holley held the state record coming into this season with 72 from 2008-11.
    As a team, G.W. Long now owns the NFHS National Record for homers in a season with 86 in 2019. That total broke the previous NFHS National Record set by Canyon, Texas (82) in 2017. The state record (71) was set by Pisgah in 2011.
    The 34th annual AHSAA State Softball Championships, which began in 1986 at Lagoon Park, got underway Wednesday morning with first-round games at 9 a.m. Classes 2A, 3A and 6A kicked off the 2019 Championships, which include eight teams in seven classification tournaments. Classes 5A and 7A commence Thursday while Classes 1A and 4A play first-round games Friday. All tourneys are double elimination.
    The championship games of each division will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to
www.nfhsnetwork.com. Geneva and Central Phenix City high schools will also be live-streaming games involving their schools in Class 3A and 7A, respectively, over the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program platform. Producers for those games are Ricky Nickolson (Geneva) and Tim Loreman (Central).
    G.W. Long (54-3) won its second game of the tourney beating Hatton 2-0 in the winner’s bracket to advance  to the championship bracket third round Thursday. Baker (19-1) put on her pitching hat in that win hurling a perfect game  through six inning before finishing with a one-hitter. Savanna Wood had a double in the second inning as the Rebels scored two unearned runs.
   Highlights from other games Wednesday:


CLASS 2A
Game 1: Sand Rock 10, Luverne 4
   Brylie and Katelyn St. Clair each went 3-for-4 for Sand Rock(31-1). Pitcher Jadyn Foster stuck out 12 to get the win. Keyla Johnson was 3-for-4 for Luverne. Trinity Forte’ was also 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Game 3: Hatton 10, Thorsby 0 (6 innings)
   Emma Latham led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to evoke the mercy rule. She was 2-for-4 in the game. Hatton (41-15) scored 2 in the first, 5 in the second, 1 in the third, 1 in the fourth and one in the sixth.
   Cloey Lovelady hit a grand slam to spark the five-run second inning. Bradyn Mitchell picked up the shutout win with six strikeouts. Lindsey Burnett was 2-for-3 to lead Thorsby.


Game 5: Leroy 10, Luverne 0 (5 innings)
     Leroy (37-91) scored all 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to get the mercy-rule win. Allie Smith was 3-for-3 with two doubles while Abigail Beech slugged a two-run homer and Marisa West hit a three-run blast for the Bears. Rea Johnson also recorded the shutout win in the circle, allowing just one hit with four strikeouts.

Game 6: Sumiton Christian 9, Thorsby 0
    Sumiton Christian pitchers Makenzie Miller and Ali Hollis combined for the shutout. At the plate, the Eagles (39-22-1) scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take control in the consolation bracket elimination game. A four-run fourth inning and a single run in the fifth wrapped up the scoring.
    Jessie Baughn was 5-for-5 with a double and four singles. Taylor Whisonant was also 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a home run.


Game 7: Collinsville 8, Sand Rock 4
     Brittany Rivera-Free was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead Collinsville (34-15-1), which built a 7-2 lead and held off Sand Rock in the winner’s bracket. The Panthers won a first-round game over Leroy. Autumn Barkley and Caroline Brannon also each homered and went 2-for-4 for Collinsville.  Lily Willis pitched the win.
    Haley Grace Lisnebee was 2-for-3 with one RBI and Jadyn Foster had two hits and  two RBIs for Sand Rock (31-11-1).

Game 9: Sand Rock 7, Sumiton Christian 6
    Sand Rock (32-11-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead, then held off a Sumiton Christian rally for a 7-6 victory in the elimination bracket Wednesday night. Katelyn St. Clair was 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs to lead Sand Rock. Brylie St. Clair was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Sumiton Christian held an 11-9 advantage in hits, but stranded seven runners. Jessie Baughn was 2-for-4 with a solo home run to lead the Eagles (39-23-2).

Game 10: Hatton 2, Leroy 0
   Ashley Berryman pitched a complete-game shutout and Hatton (42-10) scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to advance to the third round of the winner’s bracket Thursday morning to face G.W. Long. Berryman struck out 10 for the game and out-dueled Leroy ace Rea Johnson, who took a shutout of her own into the last frame. Hatton strung together three hits in the seventh. Emma Czervionke doubled and later scored on an RBI-single by Bradyn Mitchell, who later scored on a double by Emma Latham for the Hornets.

CLASS 3A
Game 1: Wicksburg 11, Oakman 1 (5 innings)
   Theresa Reynolds and Rosie Robinson each homered twice for Wicksburg (45-13), which finished five home runs in the game. A six-run second inning broke the game open, including back-to-back homers by Reynolds and Robinson. Teammate Emily Boin added a three-run blast in the same inning. Reynolds added her second two-run shot in the third inning while Robinson homered in the fourth. Ashton White was also 3-for-3 with a double.
    Tori Hobbs got the pitching win nine strikeouts.

 Game 2: Prattville Christian 3, Plainview 1 (8 innings)
     Defending Class 3A state champion Prattville Christian (43-7-1) won the extra-inning game when Carolyn Carter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win.  The homer also scored Madison Hanson, who singled to lead off the frame.
    Plainview scored first on a solo home run by Krimson Kidd in the top of the second. An RBI-single by PCA’s McKenzie Montgomery tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth.
    Landyn McAnnally recorded the pitching win. She struck out 10 and allowed two hits.


Game 3: Pisgah 8, Hale County 0
    Pisgah (44-10) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. Leigha Kirby pitched the one-hit shutout, striking out nine. Kaylee Vaught was 4-for-4 and scored twice. Kennedy Barron added two hits for Pisgah.
   A single in the top of the second inning by Reagan Johnson was the lone hit for Hale County (29-19).


Game 4: Geneva 8, Pleasant Valley 5
    Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Geneva rallied for six runs to take the lead for good.
Anslee Finch, Chloe Nance and Jocelyn Boswell each had two hits for the Panthers (30-10).   Boswell also had a sacrifice fly and finished the game with two doubles and three runs batted in. Winning pitcher Pazley Lamb struck out five in win.


Game 5: Oakman 8, Plainview 7
   
Plainview (39-15) scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning but left the tying run at the plate in the 3A elimination round game. Oakman (20-16) took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Iyana Canada was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Oakman. Samantha Kelly also drove in two runs and finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
    Kenzi Taylor and Crimson Wells each hit home runs for Plainview, which held a 12-9 advantage in hits.


Game 6: Pleasant Valley 7, Hale County 6
    A two-run single by Ava Boozer in the bottom of the seventh inning scored two runs to give Pleasant Valley (33-11) a 7-6 comeback win over Hale County (29-20) in the elimination bracket. Pleasant Valley took a 4-0 lead into the third inning when Hale County made its move. After a grand slam by Madalynn Langham tied the game, a two-run single by Charlie Mak Lester gave the Wildcats a 6-4 lead. Pleasant Valley answered with a solo home run by Bailey Harris in the bottom of the fifth to set up Boozer’s walk-off hit.

Game 8: Pisgah 12, Geneva 2
     Pisgah (45-10) scored in every inning, collecting 12 runs off 15 hits to advance to the third round of the Class 3A winner’s bracket. The Eagles plated single runs in the first three innings before scoring three in the fourth, five in the fifth and one in the sixth. Kaylee Vaught and Kennedy Barron each went 3-for-4, while Lila Wheeler, Molly Heard and Jaden Burgess added two hits each. Winning pitcher Barron added a triple.

Game 10: Geneva 8, Oakman 4
    Jocelyn Boswell went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as Geneva (31-21) stayed alive in the elimination bracket Wednesday night. Anslee Finch and Chloe Nance also had two hits each as the Panthers scored in five of the seven innings.
    Oakman (20-16) held a 4-3 lead before Geneva scored five runs over the final three innings to rally for the win. Pazley Lamb struck out five over seven innings to get the pitching win. Terrah Sheree was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Oakman.


CLASS 6A
Game 1: Gardendale 12, Baldwin County 6
    Coach Barry Brake’s Rockets (46-6-2) raced out to an 9-0 lead in the first three innings. Savannah Pennington was 4-for-4 and Carlee McCondichie was 2-for-5 with a home run Kaitlyn Clark (31-3) got the pitching win. Ava Worthy led Baldwin County (34-18), going 2-for-4 with a double.

 Game 2: Brookwood 2, Hartselle 0
    Brookwood’s Kamryn Murdock pitched the complete-game shutout to get the win over the defending Class 6A state champion Tigers. The Panthers (36-11) scored a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI-single by Bella Furgason and in the fourth on an RBI-single by Felicity Frame.
    Mackenzie Jackson and Lillyanna Cartee each singled for the only hits for Hartselle (30-13).


Game 3: Buckhorn 7, Helena 3
   
Buckhorn (36-10) took a 7-0 lead into the top of the seventh. Helena (25-17) rallied for three runs but could get no closer. Seven different Buckhorn players had one hit each in the balanced attack. Hannah Carey had a solo home run while Lakelyn Wilson and Nyah Brack each drove in two runs.
    Kaylee Hawkins struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings to get the pitching victory.


Game 4: Spanish Fort 4, Pell City 0
    Spanish Fort ace Ainsley Lambert struck out 17 in the two-hit shutout win. The Toros (27-17-1) scored single runs in the bottom of the first and second innings before adding two in the fifth. Cameron Cox was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Lambert was also 2-for-4 at the plate with and RBI.

Game 5: Hartselle 15, Baldwin County 4 (5 innings)
    Hartselle (31-13) kept its hopes of repeating as Class 6A state champs alive with 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to set up the mercy-rule victory in the elimination bracket win.
   Eight different players in the Tigers lineup combined for 14 hits. Mackenzie Jackson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kylie Winton, Emily Cowart, Caroline Hill and Larissa Preuitt added two hits each. Jenna Lynn Smith struck out six batters and scattered five hits over five innings to get the pitching win.

Game 8: Buckhorn 3, Spanish Fort 0
   
Buckhorn’s Alivia Wilken outdueled Spanish Fort’s Ainsley Lambert as the Lady Bucks (37-10) advanced in the winner’s bracket. Both pitchers allowed five hits.
     Buckhorn, however, manufactured two runs in the bottom of the first inning and another in the sixth. Morgan Nowakowski was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored to lead Buckhorn. Laura Harbin also drove in a run for the Bucks. Hanna Carlton was 2-for-3 to pace Spanish Fort (27-18-1).

Game 10: Spanish Fort 4, Hartselle 1 (8 innings)
     After Hartselle (31-14) plated a single run in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, Hannah Weishaar connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth frame to give Spanish Fort (28-18-1) the dramatic walk-off win in the elimination bracket. Cameron Cox drove in the other run for the Toros with an RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ainsley Lambert scattered four hits over eight innings to get the win in the circle.

 


AHSAA State Baseball Championships Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series Game 3: Providence Christian 16, Piedmont 6 (6 innings)

    MONTGOMERY – Providence Christian rebounded from a 5-4 loss in game two of the AHSAA Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday to claim the school’s first state baseball title winning game three 16-6.
     The Eagles (30-9), who won game one on Tuesday 4-0,  fell behind 3-0 after two innings in deciding game before rallying to tie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the third. Coach Casey Smith’s team took the lead 5-3 with two runs in the fourth inning and then tacked on nine runs in the top of the fifth to take a 14-3 lead. Piedmont, which forced game three with a 5-4 nine-inning win in game two Wednesday morning, got three runs back in the bottom of the inning to avoid the 10-run rule ending but yielded two runs in the sixth as PCA closed out the win.
    Winning pitcher Will Solomon relieved starter David Warren in the bottom of the first when the pitcher left the mound due to an injury. Solomon tossed 5 2/3 innings allowing seven hits, five runs and striking out six in a journeyman relief effort. Coleman Wright closed out the game getting the final out.
    Providence Christian slugged 12 hits in the third game with Cole Smith pounding three hits and driving in two runs. Bayden Banner had one hit and had four RBIs, and Jake Smith slugged two hits to plate two more runs. No. 9 hitter Reid Leger scored three runs and had one hit and two RBIs.
     The Eagles had seven hits in the fifth-inning outburst and also took advantage of three Piedmont errors to send collect nine runs. Jake Smith and Reid Leger each had a single and two RBIs in the inning.
     Grayson Stewart, who pitched a two-hit shutout to win game 1 on Tuesday, had one hit and scored two runs in game three. He was named the Class 3A State Championship Series MVP.
     Piedmont (36-10), which set a school record for wins in a season in 2019, collected seven hits with lead-off hitter T.J. Fairs collecting two hits, scored  two runs and had one RBI. Starting pitcher Bryce Walter, who pitched two shutout innings before reaching his pitch-count limit for the day, also had two hits and drove in two runs. DH Nick Johnson had a single and RBI. He and Fairs each had a hit and RBI to account both runs for Bulldogs, coached by Matt Deerman, in the second inning. Fairs scored the run in the first leading off with a walk, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Fairs ignited the fifth-inning rally with an infield single. Mason Mohon plated him with a single Walter singled to left to plate Piedmont’s final two runs.
     Piedmont used five pitchers in the third game yielding seven walks and hitting six batters. Providence Christian hit two giving both team a combined eight in the contest.
      All games in the 2019 Baseball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. Information can be found at
www.nfhsnetwork.com.
       The Class 2A Championship series featuring defending 2A state champ G.W. Long and Westbrook Christian, got underway at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Paterson Field. The Class 4A Championship Series between Brooks and Sipsey Valley will play game one at 7 p.m.

Game 2: Piedmont 5, Providence Christian 4 (9 innings)
    MONTGOMERY – Piedmont second baseman Brent Deerman singled to right in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate Austin Estes with the winning run as the Bulldogs (36-9) forced a third game in the Class 3A State Baseball Championship Series at Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday.
    Mason Mahon hurled 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to get the win for Coach Matt Dearman to get the win. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two. Starter Bryce Walter pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, gave up six hits, four runs and struck out six.
      Brayden Banner hurled seven innings for Coach Casey Smith’s Eagles, scattering seven hits, four runs, walked one and also struck out six.  Reliever Will Solomon got the loss.
      Piedmont took an early 3-0 thanks to timely hitting from T.J. Fairs, Mason Mohon, Sean Smith, Jack Hayes and Nick Johnson. Mohon ripped a triple, scored twice and had one RBI. Hayes and Fairs had a double each and Fairs had the sacrifice bunt that moved Estes into scoring position in the ninth before Deerman’s game-winning hit.
     Providence cut the lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the third and plated three runs in the top of the sixth.  Eagles center fielder David Warren, who had two hits, made the defensive play of the game by running down Piedmont first baseman Sean Smith’s towering blast to left center with the winning run in scoring position that was grabbed at the warning track to end the bottom of the seventh.
    Cole Smith had three hits for Providence Christian. Mohon, Smith and Hayes had two hits each for Piedmont.