Tuesday, July 16, 2019






Vestavia Hills’ Colton Lewis Ignites Rebels’ Fire at the Right Time

AHSAA Baseball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Vestavia Hills senior Colton Lewis collected four hits in seven at bats for the Rebels and clubbed two home runs to pace red-hot Vestavia Hills into the limelight of the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight this week.
    Lewis had
four RBIs and two runs in two wins over Mountain Brook for the Rebels.  Teammate Grant Cacace added a two-run inside-the-park home run in an 8-4 win over Mountain Brook. He finished 5-for-8 for the week with four RBIs. Lewis, a Jacksonville State commitment, also got the mound win over Mountain Brook tossing a four-hitter and striking out 10. Vestavia got the sweep with a 9-2 win in the first game of the series.
“Our guys are really selling out to our approach,” Vestavia Hills coach Jamie Harris told Al.com reporter Evan Dudley. “We’re getting hot at the right time, and we’ve pitched and played defense all year. If we hit like this we’ll be tough to beat.”
  Garrison Cherry hurled a four-hitter and struck out five in the 9-2 win. He also retired 14 straight batters during one stretch between the third and seventh innings. The Rebels pounded 13 hits overall.
   Vestavia Hills, under the direction of legendary Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Coach Sammy Dunn, gleaned national attention winning nine Class 6A state titles in the AHSAA over a 10-year period from 1991-2000. In that stretch were seven championships in a row and one undefeated team (1998) and a national championship. Dunn, who became an inspiration to coaches, players and fans across the nation with his valiant battle versus cancer, passed away in 2003.
    The Rebels’ last state title came in 2000. Since the 12 different schools have won the AHSAA’s biggest-class state baseball crown in the 18-year span. Auburn, the 2018 state 7A champ, has won three, Hoover, Pelham, Baker and Daphne have won two each. Clay-Chalkville, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Oxford, Spain Park, Smiths Station and Hewitt-Trussville have won one each.
    The Rebels (25-7) are tied with Hewitt-Trussville (28-6) at 4-1 in Class 7A, Area 6 with one game remaining with Spain Park April 18. The Huskies have one game remaining with Mountain Brook (Apr. 17). Both teams have clinched a berth in the state playoffs but must await the conclusion of both games to resolve the area champion. Hewitt and Vestavia split their two area games this season.
    In other highlights reported this week.

Threw the Eagles’ first AHSAA no-hitter as Bayshore defeated Elberta 3-0. He struck out eight in seven innings.
JACKSON KIMBRELL, OAK MOUNTAIN: Pitched a one-hit shutout to beat Hoover 1-0. He struck out 10.
LANDON MURA, J.U. BLACKSHER: Hurled a complete-game two-hit shutout and struck out seven in a 5-0 win over Cottage Hill Christian.
HUNTER REDDING, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Tossed a five-inning perfect game to Beat W.S. Neal 17-0. He faced the minimum 15 batters, struck out four and threw only 10 pitches (balls) out of the strike zone. He also collected two hits and four RBIs. Redding slugged  three-run homer in the second game, an 11-0 win by MC.
NOAH WATKINS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Allowed two hits and one run while striking out 15 in a 10-1 win over Mae Jemison.
TYLER CRUSE, LEXINGTON: Pitched a no-hitter and struck out 11 as the Bears beat Clements 11-0 to clinch the Class 3A, Area 16 championship.
BRYCEN PARRISH, WILSON: Whiffed 12 in a two-hit pitching performance as the Warriors downed Rogers 7-1.

JORDAN BECK, HAZEL GREEN: Had three-run homer in the Trojans’ 14-1 win over Buckhorn, added a solo homer in a 3-1 loss to the Bucks and was 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs in a 13-5 victory over Decatur – giving him four round trippers for the week.
JOHN RICE, UMS-WRIGHT: Drilled an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the game against Enterprise and then delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth inning when he singled to plate the winning run. He finished with three hits.
NATHAN LARUE, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Slugged a pair of two-run homers to help the Jackets bounce back from a game one loss to win games two and three in the series with Foley. He had three hits and three RBIs in game two’s 12-1 win.
CONNER HEGAN, SPANISH FORT: Had a home run and finished with five RBIs as the Toros beat Baldwin County 13-2.
EVAN KOOB, GRISSOM: Had a homer, double and four RBIs in the Tigers’ 7-5 win over Lincoln County (TN).
PRESLEY HOLLAND, ROBERTSDALE: Doubled in the bottom of the seventh inning to drive in the winning run in a 4-3 win over Daphne.
COLTON CARVER, BOB JONES: Had a two-out single in the last inning to drive in the winning run as the Patriots beat Florence 8-7. He was 2-for-4 with a double in three RBIs overall. In the second game versus the Falcons, he had two doubles and three RVIs in the 11-1 win.
MATT DAILEY, HUNTSVILLE: Had four hits, including two doubles, in a 13-6 game-two win over Sparkman, and also pitched five innings, allowed one run and struck out seven in a 3-2 win over the Senators in the first game.
Homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning to deliver the game-ending walk-off blast as the Wildcats nipped Prattville 4-3.
JACKSON KELLEY, CARROLL: Had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs as the Eagles beat Ashford 8-4. He also got the win striking out 10 and scattering six hits over six innings.
TY McLEAN, DONOHO: Was 4-for-4 and teammate Hall Billings drove in five runs in the Falcons’ 16-7 win over Saks.
LAWSON MOLDEN, MUNFORD: Helped the Lions snap a nine-game losing streak by collecting five hits in a double-header sweep of Moody (8-3) and Pell City (11-1). Munford collected 27 hits on the day with Molden driving in four runs in the two wins.

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