WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Spencer scores 10 in return to Tuscaloosa


TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:

 

Men’s basketball

 

Alabama-Huntsville freshman guard Wayne Dedrick (Hillcrest High School) averaged 16 points in three NCAA Division II South Region games, including a season-high 27 points in the championship-game loss to Florida Southern. For the season, Dedrick averaged 12.9 points per game and converted 42.5 percent (79-for-186) of his 3-point shots en route to Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

Middle Tennessee junior forward Neiko Hunter (Greene County High School) scored 10 points and pulled down three rebounds in the Blue Raiders’ 67-53 loss to St. Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament at Dayton. For the season, Hunter averaged 7.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 33 games for the Ohio Valley Conference champions.

Northeastern sophomore forward Reggie Spencer (Hillcrest High School) tallied 10 points and five rebounds in the Huskies’ 62-43 loss at Alabama in the first round of the NIT. For the season, Spencer averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Colonial Athletic Association champions.

 

Baseball

 

Alabama senior catcher Brett Booth (Tuscaloosa County High School) hit .268 (6-for-23) in five games last week for the Crimson Tide. He had four RBIs in the win over Samford and collected multihit games against Jacksonville State and Georgia.

Alabama senior designated hitter Cameron Carlisle (Hillcrest High School) started all five games as the designated hitter and went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the win at Samford and went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the series-clinching win at Georgia.

Alabama-Huntsville senior infielder Vincent Kortbawi (Hale County High School) went 2-for-4 with three walks and one run scored in rain-shortened two-game week for the Chargers.

Auburn junior left-hander Terrance Dedrick (Hillcrest High School) made two relief appearances that totaled six innings against Southern Mississippi and LSU. He allowed four runs and struck out five batters.

East Central Community College sophomore shortstop Tim Anderson (Hillcrest High School) tallied four hits and scored six runs in a pair of doubleheaders against Southwest Mississippi and Itawamba.

East Central Community College sophomore infielder Kalik May (Tuscaloosa County High School) totaled three hits and one RBI against Southwest Mississippi and Itawamba.

Faulkner University senior right-hander Johnny Shuttlesworth (American Christian Academy) ran his record to 6-1 on the season with a complete-game win over Loyola-New Orleans in the first game of the three-game series. He allowed two unearned runs on four hits and added four strikeouts.

Louisiana-Monroe junior first baseman Corben Green (Hillcrest High School) hit .333 (3-for-9) in four games last week against Grambling and Troy. He was 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Warhawks’ 4-2 win over Troy in the series opener.

Lurleen B. Wallace sophomore pitcher Ben Pettus (Demopolis High School) allowed two runs and two hits in 123 innings of relief as the Saints extended their winning streak to eight games with a 14-3 win over Bishop State.

Shelton State freshman outfielder Austin Alexander (Brookwood High School) went 1-for-5 with one RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Calhoun.

Shelton State sophomore catcher Tanner Ashcraft (Hillcrest High School) went 1-for-2 and scored one run in the Bucs’ 3-1 win over Calhoun.

Shelton State sophomore outfielder Greg Howard (Gordo High School) recorded a pinch-hit RBI single in the Bucs’ three-run sixth inning in a 5-4 win over Calhoun.

Shelton State sophomore shortstop Trevor Sprowl (Tuscaloosa County High School) went 2-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Calhoun.

Shelton State sophomore third baseman J.C. Wilhite (Northridge High School) went 3-for-6 with one double and two runs scored in the Bucs’ two wins over Calhoun.

Shelton State freshman left-hander Dillon Williams (American Christian Academy) picked up his third win of the season with seven strong innings against Calhoun. He allowed one run and five hits and struck out three batters.

Stillman senior right-hander Jake Barnett (Northside High School) tossed two scoreless innings and recorded two strikeouts at Georgia Southwestern.

Stillman junior catcher Brad Sevenish (Tuscaloosa County High School) went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in two-game series at Georgia Southwestern.

Alabama-Birmingham sophomore left-hander Sam Kelley (Southern Academy) made his third start of the season in the series opener against Central Florida. He allowed one run and four hits in 313 innings.

 

Softball

 

Jacksonville State junior second baseman Kelci Johnston (Tuscaloosa County High School) batted .333 (4-for-12) with two runs scored and one RBI in a pair of doubleheaders against Austin Peay and Morehead State.

Stillman senior shortstop Bailey Braughton (Tuscaloosa County High School) hit .417 (5-for-12) with one double, three runs scored and four RBIs in four games against Judson and Alabama-Huntsville. She went 4-for-7 with four RBIs in the doubleheader against Judson.

Stillman senior outfielder Danielle Gray (Tuscaloosa County High School) hit .500 (5-for-10) with one double, two RBIs and three runs scored against Judson and Alabama-Huntsville. She recorded a pair of multihit games in the doubleheader against Judson.

Stillman junior pitcher Kristina Kelly (Paul W. Bryant High School) went 2-for-3 and scored one run against Judson.

 

The West Alabama Heroes notebook runs each Wednesday in The Tuscaloosa News. If you know of other Tuscaloosa-area athletes competing at the collegiate level, email westalheroes@yahoo.com