WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Anderson powers Warriors to title


Tim Anderson had nine hits and eight RBIs, leading East Central Community College to the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Conference championship last week. (Photo by East Central Community College )


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

 

Baseball

 

Alabama senior catcher Brett Booth (Tuscaloosa County High School) hit safely in four of five games for the Crimson Tide last week, which included a pair of two-run home runs in wins over Troy and Missouri.

Alabama redshirt freshman Riley Colburn (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action as a pinch runner in the series finale with Missouri and scored a run in the Crimson Tide’s three-run ninth inning that led the Crimson Tide to a 7-6 win.

Alabama-Huntsville senior infielder Vincent Kortbawi (Hale County High School) hit .343 (62-for-181) with 37 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 38 RBIs in 46 games. He was a first-team All-Gulf South Conference pick.

Alabama-Huntsville junior right-hander Alex Aultman (Winfield High School) posted a 7-1 record and 2.99 ERA in 10 starts on the mound this season. He worked 6613 innings and allowed 30 runs (22 ER) and 56 hits with 44 strikeouts and 17 walks.

Alabama Southern sophomore catcher Chris Sammons (Marengo Academy) hit .255 (12-for-47) with six runs scored, five doubles and four RBIs in 29 games for the Eagles.

Auburn junior left-hander Terrance Dedrick (Hillcrest High School) recorded a pair of saves in the Tigers’ series win at Florida. Dedrick worked 413 hitless innings of relief with five strikeouts.

East Central Community College sophomore shortstop Tim Anderson (Hillcrest High School) hit .692 (9-for-13) with eight RBIs to lead the Warriors to the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Conference championship. Anderson had four hits in the opener then collected three hits and two RBIs in the championship game. ECCC (30-19-1) advances to the Region 23 tournament this weekend, where the Warriors will face Pearl River CC, Northwest Mississippi CC and LSU-Eunice.

East Central Community College sophomore infielder Kailk May (Tuscaloosa County High School) walked four times and scored four runs in the Warriors’ 19-1 win over Northwest Mississippi CC in the MJCAC State Tournament opener.

East Mississippi Community College freshman infielder Trent Waddell (Northridge High School) hit .261 (21-for-119) with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs in 44 games.

Faulkner University senior right-hander Johnny Shuttlesworth (American Christian Academy) posted wins over Indiana Tech and Texas Wesleyan on the mound in a four-day stretch to lead the Eagles to the NAIA Montgomery Regional. Shuttlesworth worked 1113 innings and allowed two earned runs and four hits with nine strikeouts and seven walks in his two postseason starts. Faulkner (51-11) is the No. 1 overall seed in the NAIA World Series, which begins May 24 in Lewiston, Idaho. The Eagles received a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the Sterling (Kansas)-Missouri Southern winner May 25.

Itawamba Community College freshman right-hander Will Cockrell (Tuscaloosa County High School) posted a 4-1 record and a 7.17 ERA in eight appearances.

Louisiana Monroe senior first baseman Corben Green (Hillcrest High School) hit .619 (7-for-13) with four runs scored, one double, one home and five RBIs in the series with Middle Tennessee State. Green went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs in the middle game of the series.

West Alabama freshman infielder Stuart Terry (Tuscaloosa Academy) hit .269 (7-for-26) in 14 games this season with two doubles and one RBI.

West Alabama sophomore left-hander Josh Wirnsberger (Paul W. Bryant High School) posted a 1-0 record and 5.56 ERA in six games this season.

 

Softball

 

Jacksonville State junior second baseman Kelci Johnston (Tuscaloosa County High School) made the Ohio Valley Conference all-tournament team after driving in five of the Gamecocks’ nine runs in the double-elimination tournament. She was 5-for-13 (.385) at the plate with two runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs as JSU won the tournament for the fifth time in six year. JSU (30-25) will face No. 10 seed Alabama on Firday in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional.

Mobile College freshman outfielder Sarah Stuart (Northridge High School) collected 22 hits and scored 13 runs in 49 games.

Samford freshman infielder Callie Brister (Hillcrest High School) collected four hits, two doubles and two RBIs in four games at the Southern Conference tournament. In 50 games this season, Brister hit .255 (34-for-151) with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, six home runs and 19 RBIs.

Shelton State sophomore catcher Casey Wyatt (Hillcrest High School) hit .336 (48-for-143) with 30 runs scored, eight doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 51 games.

West Alabama junior second baseman Michal Robertson (Northside High School) was the Tigers third-leading hitter with a .347 average (52-for-150) with 42 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 35 RBIs. She also posted a .640 slugging percentage.

West Alabama freshman outfielder Randa Simpson (Tuscaloosa Academy) was 3-for-9 (.333) with eight runs scored and two RBIs in 10 games.

 

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