WEST ALABAMA HEROES: Dillon Williams wraps up season with 6-3 record


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 Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared this season:

 

BASEBALL

 

--- Alabama junior infielder J.C. Wilhite (Northridge High School) played in six games and made two starts this season. He was 1-for-9 (.111) with two runs scored and two RBIs. He was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs against Alcorn State on March 18.

 

--- Alabama sophomore outfielder Riley Colburn (Tuscaloosa County High School) played in five games this season and had a pinch-hit single against Alcorn State on March 19.

 

--- Auburn senior right-hander Terrance Dedrick (Hillcrest High School) made 23 appearances on the mound for the Tigers and compiled a 2-3 record with four saves and 4.85 ERA.  He struck out 21 batters in 26 innings.

 

--- Mississippi State junior outfielder Jake Vickerson (Hillcrest High School) played in 44 games in his first season with the Bulldogs and batted .255 (42-for-165) with 29 runs scored, 22 walks, five doubles and 12 RBIs.

 

--- Shelton State freshman infielder Kyle Andrews (Tuscaloosa Academy) played in 23 games and made nine starts for the Bucs. He hit .263 (10-for-38) with eight runs, one double and four RBIs.

 

--- Shelton State freshman outfielder Parker Barton (Hillcrest High School) played in 17 games in his first season with the Bucs and tallied four hits and four runs scored.

 

--- Shelton State freshman right-hander Tyler Gates (Tuscaloosa County High School) posted a 5-3 record and 2.98 ERA. In 12 starts, he worked 571⁄3 innings and allowed 19 earned runs and 45 hits with 35 strikeouts and 12 walks. He added two complete games and one shutout.

 

--- Shelton State freshman right-hander Brad Phillips (Northside High School) posted a 4-0 record and 2.12 ERA in 12 appearances. He worked 462⁄3 innings and allowed 11 earned runs and 35 hits with 29 strikeouts and 25 walks. He made six starts and logged one complete game.

 

--- Shelton State right-hander Tanner Skelton (Gordo High School) recorded one save in eight relief appearances.

 

--- Shelton State freshman outfielder Clay Thomas (Tuscaloosa Academy) played in 17 games and tallied five walks, three runs scored and two hits.

 

--- Shelton State sophomore outfielder Slayton Thompson (Tuscaloosa County High School) played in 53 games and made 45 starts as a two-way player in right field and on the mound. He tallied 26 runs scored, 23 hits, 12 RBIs and eight stolen bases. On the mound, he appeared in eight games in relief and recorded one save and 1.74 ERA.

 

--- Shelton State sophomore left-hander Dillon Williams (American Christian Academy) posted a 6-3 record and 2.18 ERA in 13 starts. He worked 862⁄3 innings and allowed 21 earned runs and 60 hits with 55 strikeouts and 12 walks. Williams also logged five complete games and one shutout.

 

--- Stillman junior infielder Seth Booth (Tuscaloosa County High School) played in 21 games for the Tigers and recorded 15 runs, 10 hits, nine walks, nine RBIs and three doubles.

 

--- Stillman freshman designated hitter Hank Parker (South Lamar High School) played in 32 games and made 27 starts. He hit .280 (23-for-82) with 15 runs, four doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs.

 

--- Stillman senior catcher Brad Sevenish (Tuscaloosa County High School) started 46 games and hit .347 (50-for-144) with 30 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 37 RBIs.

 

--- Stillman senior right-hander Tyler Vails (Pickens Academy) posted a 7-2 record with two saves and 2.20 ERA in 20 appearances. He worked 86 innings and allowed 21 earned runs and 67 hits with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks.

 

--- Troy junior right-hander Chase Davidson (Pickens Academy) posted a 1-1 record in three appearances for the Trojans. He made his collegiate debut and posted his lone career win with six scoreless innings against UAB on April 1.

 

--- UAB junior infielder/pitcher Sam Kelley (Southern Academy) posted a 1-3 record in six appearances on the mound for the Blazers. At the plate, he went 1-for-4 (.250) with two RBIs.

 

SOFTBALL

 

--- Alabama freshman utility Chandler Dare (American Christian Academy) played in 49 games and made six starts for the SEC Champions this season. She is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with 17 runs scored, one triple and six RBIs entering the 2014 Women’s College World Series.

 

--- Alabama senior catcher Jordan Patterson (American Christian Academy) played in 29 games and made nine starts in her final season with the Crimson Tide. She is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with 16 runs scored, one double, one triple and five RBIs entering the 2014 Women’s College World Series.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

 

--- Southern Miss freshman sprinter Derrick Johnson (Northridge High School) ran the final leg on the 4x400 meter relay that finished seventh at the at the 2014 Conference USA Championships with a season-best (3:13.33) time. Johnson also participated in the 100-meter (10.88) and 200-meter (49.28) dash.

 

--- Southern Miss freshman Christopher Monroe (Northridge High School) finished eighth in the triple jump (48-8.75) at the 2014 Conference USA Championships.

 

--- Southern Miss sophomore Courtland Wells (Northridge High School) placed fourth in the high jump (6-11) at the 2014 Conference USA Championships.

 

--- Troy junior sprinter Benjamin Martin (Northridge High School) won the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championship in the 100-meter dash. He completed the race with a time of 10.11 seconds, a new season best dropping more than one-tenth of a second off his previous time. Martin also finished fifth in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 20.72 seconds.

 

--- UAB senior sprinter Shakima Knox (Northridge High School) finished seventh in the 100-meter dash (12.03) at the 2014 Conference USA Championships.

 

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.