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AHSAA Mourns Death of Rod and Paula Bramblett

    MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the deaths of longtime Auburn University sports announcer Rod Bramblett, 52, and his wife Paula, 53. Both were killed in a two-car collision at Auburn Saturday, May 25.
    “This is such tragic news. Our hearts go out to the Bramblett family and their extended Auburn University family and pray God will sustain them at this difficult time,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Rod was the Voice of Auburn Athletics, a consummate professional, one of the best.”
     Bramblett was a native of Valley and his wife Paula, a native of Huguley. Both communities are near Auburn. Bramblett, a 1988 AU graduate, served as Director of Broadcast Operations for AU Athletics and was the Voice of Auburn football, basketball and baseball. 
    Bramblett was a three-time winner (2006, 2010, and 2013) of the Alabama State Broadcaster of the Year as presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also named National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013.
     He began his broadcasting career in Lanett, working part-time at WZZZ/WCJM radio stations while attending Auburn University. From there he went on to work in Auburn at WAUD Radio from 1989-1991 and then again from 1993-1996. It was at that time he did play-by-play for Lee-Scott Academy and Auburn High School athletics. In the one-year away from WAUD he worked in Morristown, Tenn., for two different radio stations where he served as the play-by-play voice of Morristown West High School football.
     P
aula Bramblett also worked at Auburn University’s Information Technology Department.  The couple are survived by two children.
    The funeral service for Paula and Rod Bramblett will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. inside Auburn Arena. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.
     The service is open to the public. There will be a private burial for the family following the service. Rev. Dr. George Mathison will officiate the funeral.


Steve Savarese Announces Randal Beesley, Ken Washington Joining AHSAA Beginning June 1

            MONTGOMERY –Montgomery native Randal Beesley, a staff accountant with the State of Alabama   and Anniston School System teacher Ken Washington are joining the staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)..
            Both will begin with the AHSAA officially on June 1. The announcement was made Friday by AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese.
            Beesley will serve as Chief Financial Officer. He is replacing Mrs. Sandy Logan, who is retiring June 30 after 42 years of service with the AHSAA. She joined the AHSAA staff in 1977. Washington is beginning a new Assistant Director position that will include working with Director of Officials Mark Jones as well as working with championship sports including the sports of basketball and track.
            “We are fortunate and delighted to have Randal Beesley and Ken Washington join our staff,” Savarese said. “Both are talented individuals who have a long history of service in the AHSAA as sports officials.  Both are men of high integrity, will be tremendous additions to the AHSAA staff and will enable us to better serve our member schools.”
            Beesley, who became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, is a graduate of Auburn University-Montgomery.  He is currently an accountant with the General Services Division of the State of Alabama and has worked with the state since 2017. He spent 10 years with Alfa Mutual Insurance in Montgomery serving as supervisor of Real Estate Accounting. He has also been an AHSAA football official since 1988. He has served as booking agent and is the current president of the Mid-State Football Officials Association. He was the referee in the 1998 Super 6 Class 4A state Championship Game at Legion Field.
           “I have always had two passions,” Beesley said, “to be a football official and to work with the AHSAA. To say I am elated is an understatement. I love accounting, especially working in financial oversight, and I have always admired the AHSAA and what it stands for. I grew up in Montgomery and understand the important role of the AHSAA. I thank Mr. Savarese and the Central Board for giving me this opportunity.”
            Washington has been serving as a teacher and coach (football and track) in the Anniston City Schools system.  He also worked with Mark Jones at Jacksonville State University from 2012-2015 as the University Fitness Coordinator in the Recreational Sports Department.   He has been officiating basketball since 2005 – at all levels including high school, college and the NBA. He is currently a Division I basketball official in the Southeastern Conference, Sunbelt, Southern, Atlantic Sun and SWAC conferences.  He also worked in the AHSAA state basketball finals this past year. 
     “Joining the AHSAA staff allows me to give back what has been taught to me from my time working with the NBA and SEC. I have had some great teachers, and this is a great opportunity for me share what I have learned,” said Washington. “I look forward to working with Mr. Savarese and Mr. Jones and with the other great men and women at the AHSAA who are dedicated to providing the best programs and opportunities for the member schools and student-athletes in the AHSAA.”
    In addition to basketball, Washington has officiated the sports of football and volleyball.  The Mobile native played basketball at Davidson High School and received a scholarship to play at Faulkner State Community College. He then attended Jacksonville State University where he received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees.
     “Working with Ken at Jacksonville State, I know he will be a great addition to the staff of the AHSAA while contributing to the enhancement of officiating in Alabama,” said Jones.


 


St. Paul’s Lawsuit with AHSAA Dismissed by U.S. Federal Judge Wednesday

  MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal High School requested that its lawsuit filed against the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) objecting to the AHSAA Competitive Balance implemented in the 2018-19 school year be dismissed Wednesday, May 22. United States District Judge Terry Moorer granted the dismissal without prejudice, ending more than a year of litigation.
 
AHSAA Central Board President John Hardin said, “While I am pleased that the case has finally been dismissed, I am extremely disappointed that St. Paul’s Episcopal High School did not resolve their issues within the mechanisms already in place for member schools.”
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he is also pleased the case has been dismissed and that the member schools’ process to govern themselves has been upheld.
    “We have always had faith in our member schools’ ability to make the rules, abide by these rules and govern themselves,” said Savarese. “Our member schools will continue to govern themselves through its fair and democratic legislative process.”

 

 

 

Statement from AHSAA Legal Counsel Jim Williams

We are very pleased that St. Paul’s has finally decided to voluntarily dismiss their case today.  This was a frivolous case resulting in a tremendous waste of time and money for the Court, the Association, and all of its member schools.  On June 27, 2018, the Honorable Judge William Steele entered an Order denying St. Paul’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and specifically ruled: “St. Paul’s has not shown a substantial likelihood that the competitive balance rule is unconstitutional, or that it violates the terms of the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and Handbook.”  Yet, St. Paul’s waited another eleven months after Judge Steele’s ruling to dismiss their case.  St. Paul’s knew they had lost this case last June and have only been trying to avoid an inevitable ruling that would not be in their favor since then.  The Association and its member schools look forward to St. Paul’s reimbursing all of the legal fees incurred in defending this case. 

James E. Williams

Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.

Post Office Drawer 5130

Montgomery, AL  36103-5130

(334) 263-6621

jwilliams@mewlegal.com

 

All questions should be referred to AHSAA Legal Counsel James E. Williams

 

 

 


Mars Hill Bible Wins 1A State Softball Title to Conclude 2019 Softball Championships

MONTGOMERY – Mars Hill Bible High School’s Lady Panthers softball team closed out the 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships Saturday night with a 7-6 win over defending state champion Brantley.
    The AHSAA crowned seven state champions in its State Softball Championships held at Lagoon Park.
    The Panthers (40-11) of Coach Matt Burgess rolled through the winner’s bracket undefeated – beating Brantley 5-0 in the second round of the winner’s bracket Friday. The Bulldogs (42-12) stormed through the elimination bracket to get to the finals, then beat Mars Hill 9-8 to set up the showdown with the Panthers in the “if necessary” game which concluded after 10 p.m.
    Mars Hill collected seven runs off 14 hits and held off Brantley for the Class 1A state title. The Panthers scored all seven runs in the first four innings.
    After allowing Brantley to score four runs in the first two innings, Mars Hill pitcher Riley Vaughn settled in and kept the Bulldogs offense at bay. Trailing 7-5 in the final inning, Brantley got a solo home run by Hannah Sims, but could get no closer.
     The Panthers broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead for good. RBI singles by Grace Stanfield and Kylie Thigpen gave Mars Hill a 6-4 lead and never trailed again. Emma Pettus was 4-for-4 in the championship game. Stanfield and Thigpen each finished with two hits and two RBIs for Mars Hill. Vaughn worked all seven innings to get the win in the circle. Brantley, coaches by Cindy Hawthorne, was led by Olivia Jones, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Emory Bush had  two hits and drove in two runs.
    Mars Hill Bible’s Erika Mitchell was selected Class 1A State Tourney MVP. Also named to the 1A All-State Tourney Team were Grace Stanfield and Riley Vaughn of Mars Hill and Emory Bush, Kayden Dunn and Olivia Jones of Brantley.
    The softball title gave the Florence school a sweep in Montgomery. The Mars Hill Bible baseball team also won a state championship at Riverwalk Stadium earlier in the week.


Game 14: Brantley 9, Mars Hill 8
     Brantley forced the ‘if necessary’ game by building a 9-4 lead and holding off a late Mars Hill rally. The Panthers scored four unanswered runs, including three in the sixth inning before coming up one run short. Mars Hill held an 11-5 advantage in hits but stranded eight runners. Five different Brantley players had one hit each. Kylie Thigpen was 3-for-4 to lead the Panthers.

Game 13: Brantley 12, Spring Garden 7
    Brantley (42-11) took an 11-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before a Spring Garden rally fell short in the elimination bracket finals. Spring Garden (31-11) scored six runs in the frame, sending 11 batters to the plate to pull to within 11-7. Brantley answered with a single run in the top of the seventh to wrap the scoring.
    Olivia Jones was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs to lead Brantley. Emory Bush, Kayden Dunn, Ainsley Watts and Elleigh Layton added two hits each.
    The win set up a showdown in the championship finals with Mars Hill Bible, which beat the Bulldogs 5-0 in the second round of the winner’s bracket.


Game 11: Mars Hill Bible 3, Spring Garden 1 (10 innings)
   
Hannah Henry’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Mars Hill the walk-off win to clinch a berth in the 1A championship game. After entering the frame in a 1-1 deadlock, the Panthers opened the inning with consecutive base runners on a hit and a Spring Garden error. Henry then homered to center. Riley Vaughn drove in the Panthers’ other run and also got the pitching win. She struck out 18 in 10 innings of work.

Game 9: Belgreen 8, Kinston 6
   
Belgreen used a five-run second inning to grab a big lead before holding off Kinston in the elimination bracket. The Bulldogs got four hits in the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Kinston trailed 8-4 heading into the last inning before playing two runs and leaving the tying run on base.
    Sydney Borden and Gracie Dempsey each went 3-for-4 at the plate while Katie Dempsey and Jaelyn Johnson added two hits each for Belgreen. Cadence Elmore led Kinston with a 3-for-3 showing.


Alabama Christian Wins 4A State Title at AHSAA 2019 Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

                                                   BY SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Christian came out of the elimination bracket to beat Rogers twice Saturday night to win the Class 4A State Softball Championship at Lagoon Park. The Class 1A finals were still underway with Brantley forcing an “if” game with a 9-8 win over Mars Hill Bible after emerging out of the elimination bracket.
    The Eagles (40-14), coached by John Goodman, were sent to the elimination bracket by the Pirates (28-20) of Coach Haley Stutts in a 2-1 loss in the second round of the winner’s bracket Friday.  ACA roared back to five straight games, including a 10-0 win over Rogers in the first game of the championships to force the “if necessary” deciding game the Eagles captured 8-7.
    The state was the 10th in school history for Alabama Christian. Rogers, which won the Class 1A girls’ state basketball  title last February, was seeking its first state softball crown.
   Game 15, the final contest of the very competitive Class 4A division may have been the most competitive of the entire tourney. It featured four lead changes. However, it was Alabama Christian which struck last. Aniya Jackson’s two-run home run gave ACA the 8-7 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and Class 4A MVP Haley Pittman recorded three outs in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
    The blast by Jackson came minutes after Rogers had rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to take the lead. The Pirates scored three in the third and three more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead. Heidi Garner put Rogers ahead with a two-run triple to right field. The Eagles wasted little time regaining the lead. The first batter reached on an error to bring Jackson to the plate for her game-winning blast.
    Monica Willingham and  Haley Ingram had two hits each and Pittman had a double and RBI.
    Rogers’ Garner had three hits and three RBIs, Savanna Henson had two hits and Karly Jones stroked a triple.
     Joining Pittman on the Class 4A All-State Tourney team were Hannah Price, Karly Jones and Gracie Rogers, all of Rogers, and Pittman’s ACA teammates Hayley Cassidy and Haley Ingram.


Game 14: Alabama Christian 10, Rogers 0 (5 innings)
    Alabama Christian scored all 10 runs over two innings to take control in the first game of the 4A tourney championship to force the ‘if” game. The Eagles recorded 12 hits in the mercy-rule win, highlighted by a three-run home run by Monica Willingham. Eagles teammate Jacqueline Costanza was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Haley Pittman was 2-for-4 at the plate and also recorded the shutout win in the pitching circle. She held the Pirates to two hits, both by Karly Jones.
   
Alabama Christian came out of the elimination bracket thanks to wins over Dale County (13-3), White Plains (10-0) and North Jackson (12-6) Saturday.


Game 12: Alabama Christian 10, White Plains 0 (5 innings)
   The Eagles scored 10 runs off 12 hits in just five innings of play. Eight of the nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit, including four players with two hits. Monica Willingham started the scoring with a grand slam homer in the first inning. The Eagles added two runs each in the top of the second, fourth and fifth frames. Haley Pittman struck out 10 to get the complete-game shutout.

Game 11: Rogers 1, North Jackson 0
    Hannah Price pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Rogers (28-18) into the 4A state tourney finals. The freshman allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in the win. The Pirates scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Gracie Rogers led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-double by Karly Jones. Pitcher Josie Thompson kept North Jackson in striking distance. The senior had four hits and four strikeouts.

Game 10: White Plains 10, Good Hope 5
   
White Plains took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning. Four more runs in the top of the seventh then put the game out of reach. Gracie Surrett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Emma Jones led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Lily Ponder also drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. Angelina Flanigan was a perfect 4-for-4 to pace Good Hope.


Game 9: Alabama Christian 4, Dale County 3 (9 innings)
    Hayley Cassidy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give Alabama Christian the walk-off win to keep the Eagles’ championship hopes alive. ACA held an early 2-0 lead after Haley Pittman hit a two-run shot in the first inning.  She was 3-for-4 for the game and also got the pitching win after 11 strikeouts.
    Monica Willingham also singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Eagles. Dale County scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Joanna Marshall singled and later scored on a passed ball. Gracie Suggs then tied the game with a two-run single.


Hewitt-Trussville Wins 7A State Softball Championship at Lagoon Park Saturday

                                            BY SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – Hewitt-Trussville lost its first game of the 2019 AHSAA Class 7A State Softball Championships Friday 2-0 to Fairhope, then posted six straight wins to come out of the elimination bracket and sweep Sparkman 7-4 and 8-4 for the school’s first state softball title in school history.
    Coach Taylor Burt’s Huskies (44-15-1) rebounded to beat Central-Phenix City 7-3, Spain Park 12-9 and Baker 12-11 on Friday and beat Auburn 4-3 in the elimination bracket finals to advance to the championship.
    Hewitt won 7-4 over Sparkman (39-12) in the first game to force the “if necessary” final game.
   Hewitt-Trussville outscored Sparkman 5-1 over the final three innings to claim the Class 7A state championship 8-4. Kenleigh Cahalan was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Huskies. Her two-out, RBI-double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Hewitt the lead for good. Crystal Maze also singled home a run in the inning.
    With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies broke the game open on Kailey Walters’ bases-clearing double. Sparkman added a run in the top of the seventh but could get no closer.
    Madeleine Katona also went 2-for-3 while Maze went 2-for-4 with an RBI to earn Class 7A State Tourney MVP honors. Lily Calvert and Stefanie Price each went 2-for-3 to lead Sparkman. Each pitcher gave up 11 hits in the championship game. Anah Hughes recorded the win in the circle for the Huskies and Calvert got the loss for the Senators of Coach Dale Palmer. His team have captured six state titles since 2006.

Game 14: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Sparkman 4
    Hewitt-Trussville took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning and held off a Sparkman rally to win 7-4 in the first game Saturday with the Senators. Sparkman scored three times in the bottom of the frame and had the tying run at the plate at the end of the game.
    Every batter in the Huskies lineup had at least one hit in the game. Kenleigh Cahalan drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing. Crystal Maze, Hannah Borden and Abigail Dorsett also added two hits each. For Sparkman, Madisyn Filz hit a three-run home run and T.J. Webster was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Joining Maze on the Class 7A All-State Tourney Team were Hewitt teammates Hannah Borden and Sparkman’s
T.J, Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz.

Game 13: Hewitt-Trussville 4, Auburn 3
   
After Auburn scored three times to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hewitt-Trussville plated a single run in the top of the seventh to get the win. Maddie Katona led off the frame with a walk and later scored on Kenleigh Cahalan’s RBI-double. It was the second hit of the game for Cahalan, who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Anyce Harvey added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Anah Hughes got the pitching win, striking out four in seven innings of work.


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)


Hayden Claims 5A State Title at AHSAA 2019 Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

AHSAA 34th State Softball Championships Saturday

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for Saturday with state championships to be decided in Class 7A, 5A, 4A and 1A at Lagoon Park. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
    Hayden (45-5) was the first champion to be crowned – winning the Class 5A state title.
    Results from Saturday’s early session, including both championships, are below.

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Hayden 5, Rehobeth 0 (Hayden wins Class 5A state championship)
    Top-ranked Hayden (45-5) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the championship game Saturday before pulling away late. Lindsey Smith was 2-for-4 with a home run to earn Class 5A State Tourney MVP honors. Miah Simmons pitched a complete-game shutout for Coach John Simmons’ Wildcats.
   The Wildcats scored two in the second, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Hannah Cox also drove in two runs on a 1-for-3 showing. In the circle, Simmons scattered three hits over seven innings with a pair of strikeouts.
   Rehobeth finished its season 40-12.
    Joining Smith on the 5A All-State Tourney Team were: Issabelle Johnson and Hannah Cox of Hayden; Stephanie Schoonover, Sydney Pybus and Makayla Peters of Rehobeth.


Game 13: Rehobeth 14, John Carroll 7
    Rehobeth used a late run to avenge an opening-round loss to John Carroll to advance to the Class 5A finals.  The Rebels broke a 7-7 tie with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then used a six-run sixth to break the game open.
    Blake Gibson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Sydney Pybus homered in the first inning. Chasilyn Sawyers also had two hits for Rehobeth. For John Carroll also went 3-for-4 with a home run. Charlotte Phillips and Claire Boone also had two hits each for the Cavaliers.

CLASS 7A
Game 13: Hewitt-Trussville 4, Auburn 3
   
After Auburn scored three times to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hewitt-Trussville plated a single run in the top of the seventh to get the win. Maddie Katona led off the frame with a walk and later scored on Kenleigh Cahalan’s RBI-double. It was the second hit of the game for Cahalan, who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Anyce Harvey added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Anah Hughes got the pitching win, striking out four in seven innings of work.

CLASS 1A
Game 11: Mars Hill Bible 3, Spring Garden 1 (10 innings)
   
Hannah Henry’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Mars Hill the walk-off win to clinch a berth in the 1A championship game. After entering the frame in a 1-1 deadlock, the Panthers opened the inning with consecutive base runners on a hit and a Spring Garden error. Henry then homered to center. Riley Vaughn drove in the Panthers’ other run and also got the pitching win. She struck out 18 in 10 innings of work.

Game 9: Belgreen 8, Kinston 6
   
Belgreen used a five-run second inning to grab a big lead before holding off Kinston in the elimination bracket. The Bulldogs got four hits in the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Kinston trailed 8-4 heading into the last inning before playing two runs and leaving the tying run on base.
    Sydney Borden and Gracie Dempsey each went 3-for-4 at the plate while Katie Dempsey and Jaelyn Johnson added two hits each for Belgreen. Cadence Elmore led Kinston with a 3-for-3 showing.

CLASS 4A
Game 11: Rogers 1, North Jackson 0

    Hannah Price pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Rogers (28-18) into the 4A state tourney finals. The freshman allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in the win. The Pirates scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Gracie Rogers led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-double by Karly Jones. Pitcher Josie Thompson kept North Jackson in striking distance. The senior had four hits and four strikeouts.

Game 10: White Plains 10, Good Hope 5
   
White Plains took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning. Four more runs in the top of the seventh then put the game out of reach. Gracie Surrett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Emma Jones led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Lily Ponder also drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. Angelina Flanigan was a perfect 4-for-4 to pace Good Hope.


Game 9: Alabama Christian 4, Dale County 3 (9 innings)
    Hayley Cassidy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give Alabama Christian the walk-off win to keep the Eagles’ championship hopes alive. ACA held an early 2-0 lead after Haley Pittman hit a two-run shot in the first inning.  She was 3-for-4 for the game and also got the pitching win after 11 strikeouts.
    Monica Willingham also singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Eagles. Dale County scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Joanna Marshall singled and later scored on a passed ball. Gracie Suggs then tied the game with a two-run single.


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)