Winfield, Hale County dominate All-State softball
Thu. June 05, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Winfield pitcher Madi Moore was the Class 3A Pitcher of the Year and the Player of the Year.
The Winfield and Hale County softball teams left Montgomery’s Lagoon Park last month with championship trophies, but they didn’t stop winning awards.
Winfield’s Madi Moore, a junior pitcher, and Hale County’s Savanna Holmes, an eighth-grade pitcher, helped their teams win their first AHSAA softball titles. Moore was named the Class 3A Pitcher and Player of the Year in voting by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Holmes earned the honors of Class 2A Pitcher and Player of the Year.
Both were selected as the Most Outstanding Player in their tournaments at Lagoon Park.
Winfield swept the top four Class 3A awards. Micaela Beck, a senior second baseman, was picked as the Hitter of the Year. Zach Nix, the Class 3A Coach of the Year, directed the Lady Pirates to a 35-9 record in his first season.
Hale County’s Lori Wyatt was chosen as the Class 2A Coach of the Year. Hale County, a team with no senior starters, went 4-0 at Lagoon Park.
Winfield, the 2013 runner-up to Pisgah, posted a 3-0 record in the North Central Regional at Sokol Park and reeled off four straight wins in Montgomery.
Winfield started with a 6-1 victory over Geneva. Beck hit three home runs and drove in five in a 7-0 victory over White Plains. Winfield defeated Pisgah 12-3 and 11-4.
“There’s an old saying that holds true: good players make great coaches,” Nix said. “The hard work always makes a good coach, but you’ve got some good players like that it makes great coaches. It’s not fair for me to sit here and take all the praise and the glory and all that when you’ve got kids like that who have played for your all year. You’ve got an SEC pitcher in the circle and the Hitter of the Year, the Pitcher of the Year and the Player of the Year and they’re all on one team, you just turn them loose and watch them go.”
Nix said his players took the approach that “once we get there (Montgomery), it’s ours.”
“It wasn’t cocky,” he said. “It was just the simple fact that they knew if they could get there they had the best shot of anybody to take it home. All year they kept saying, ‘Prepare, stay out of the loser’s bracket and take care of business.’
“When we got there, I was afraid we might be a little bit nervous, a little uptight. Wednesday night before we played, we wrote down our favorite moment of the season. We didn’t put any names on them, and we read them out loud. And we played some fun games like charades. We had a good time for an hour and a half. When we turned them loose to go put them to bed, instead of everybody running and doing their own thing, we all sat out in the hall on the floor and jus talked. At that point I knew they were here on business, and it wasn’t just to be here and enjoy and have fun. They were on a business meeting.”
Moore, a left-hander who has committed to the University of Alabama, won four times to boost her record to 25-5 with one save. She recorded 296 strikeouts in 194 innings while pitching 10 shutouts and two no-hitters. She also finished the season with a .411 batting average.
Pisgah took a 3-0 lead against Moore in both games.
“Any time she’s in the circle — it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, 1A through 6A — you’ve got a shot to win,” Nix said. “I knew that I had some athletes. I knew that I had some softball players. My goal was to make sure they were prepared. We tried to take 250 swings and 250 ground balls a day. We had a lull moment there in the middle of the year, and I called them together and I told them, ‘Listen, you’ve got a chance to be great for the simple fact that you don’t have to depend on one single person.’
“I think that’s what really pulled us through when we fell down 3-0 (in the first game). It wasn’t the fact that we had to wait on Madi to pull us own. It wasn’t the fact that we had to wait on Micaela or Sam (Riley) to hit a home run. You keep scratching, you keep clawing, you keep fighting and you find a way. When it’s all said and done, you look back at what you’ve accomplished.”
Beck, who plans to play for Birmingham-Southern College, posted a .486 batting average, drove in 59 runs and set a school single-season record with 17 home runs. Riley, who is headed for Wallace State of Hanceville, hit .472 and made the All-State first team as a first baseman. She hit .472 with 36 RBIs and seven home runs. Lexie Coleman, a junior catcher, made the first team as a designated hitter. She hit .434 with 30 RBIs, 13 doubles and three homers.
Other first-team selections in Class 3A were American Christian Academy shortstop Kate Gaddy and Northside outfielder Reagan Malone.
Gaddy, a junior, scored 51 runs and hit .453 with 35 RBIs, 10 doubles, five triples and seven home runs. Malone, a sophomore, helped the Lady Rams advance to Montgomery. She hit .478, scored 53 runs and drove in 65.
Hale County was tested when it lost to Lamar County in the regional but bounced back to win three games on the final day to qualify for Montgomery. At Lagoon Park, Hale County beat G.W. Long 6-3 and Goshen 5-0. Holmes threw a no-hitter in a 2-1 win over Zion Chapel and tossed a two-hit shutout in an 8-0 victory over Zion Chapel.
Hale County finished with a 43-14 record.
“I’ve always said it comes down to the girls,” Wyatt said. “Anything we do, especially all the good, is because of them. It’s just been really great to see them grow up.
“My assistant coach, Mike Fleenor, came to us seven years ago, and he has been an instrumental part of our program and in helping with the girls and teaching these girls. I couldn’t do any of this without him. He’s been a huge help.
“We talked to the girls about how sometimes a loss can be good because it teaches you and makes you stronger. Those were some tough games to win at regionals, the last two especially. They’ve always been a team, all year long, that worked hard and came from behind when necessary. They did a great job, and I think that was a good test for them going into state.”
Wyatt’s 2013 team went 1-2 in the state tournament.
“I just told them that we made it to the final eight, and that was quite an accomplishment,” she said. “Anything that we did from here on out was just great. We are young, and I think that was actually to our advantage because they weren’t nervous. All of them except for two play travel ball. My daughter and Savanna and Olivia McCray all play for the Vipers. They’ve played at Lagoon Park probably a dozen or more times. Really, it was like another day at the park for many of them because they’ve played so much travel ball and played in so many tournaments. I think that has helped them not to be nervous.”
Holmes, who led the team with a .427 batting average, posted a 24-9 record with two saves. She had 215 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings with eight shutouts and three no-hitters.
“She really has done a great job,” Wyatt said. “She’s such a hard worker and such a great kid and humble.”
Wyatt said one of her favorite moments was watching her daughter, eighth-grader Kayla, hit her first career homer, a three-run shot against Goshen.
Lamar County went 3-0 in the regional at Sokol Park and advanced to Montgomery. Lamar County was represented on the first team by pitcher Hannah Hassell, who had a 25-8 record with 213 strikeouts.
In Class 6A, Hillcrest senior Karley Sanders made the first team as a utility player. Sanders, who also played second base, had a 19-3 pitching record with a 0.76 ERA. She hit .325 and drove in 40 runs. Hillcrest (52-10-1) reached the championship round before falling to Sparkman 6-5 in eight innings.
Berry’s Karlie Milligan, a sophomore outfielder, made the Class 1A first team. Milligan hit .48 and set a school record with 75 RBIs.
Marengo Academy seniors Chandler Stenz was chosen as the AISA first-team second baseman, and Pickens Academy freshman was chosen as the first-team shortstop and Hitter of the Year.
Stenz led the Lady Longhorns with a .511 batting average and 44 runs scored. She was a member of the Class A All-Tournament team as Marengo Academy finished second to Edgewood Academy.
Pickens Academy qualified for the AISA Tournament, and Noland was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team. She had a .689 batting average with 43 RBIs, 22 doubles and 12 homers. She also had an 8-3 pitching record with 94 strikeouts in 78 innings.
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P - Devin Brown, Theodore, Sr.
P - Haley Crumpton, Thompson, Jr.
P - Danielle Clark, Enterprise, Jr.
C - Lexie Mathis, Baker, Jr.
1B - Mary Kathryn Bonamy, Spain Park, Jr.
2B - Jordan Bullock, Sparkman, Sr.
3B - Sydney Booker, Bob Jones, Sr.
SS - Bevia Robinson, Sparkman, Sr.
OF - Haleigh Lowe, Prattville, Sr.
OF - Rebecca Blitz, Mountain Brook, Sr.
OF - Emily Woodruff, Albertville, Sr.
DH - Lacey Sumerlin, Baker, Jr.
DH - Morgan Wall, Huntsville, Jr.
UTL - Deborah Elmore, Baker, Sr.
UTL - Karley Sanders, Hillcrest, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Haley Crumpton, Thompson
Hitter of the Year: Mary Kathryn Bonamy, Spain Park
Player of the Year: Jordan Bullock, Sparkman
Coach of the Year: Brenda Box, Mary G. Montgomery
Pitcher: Lauren Lett, Wetumpka, Jr.; Katelyn Wilson, Mary G. Montgomery, Jr.; Allison Freeman, Hillcrest, Sr.; Hannah Payne, Hillcrest, Jr.
Catcher: Taylor Hurford, Sparkman, Sr.; Hannah Shollenberger, Florence, So.; Maddie Walker, Pelham, Jr.; Kersey Hunt, Northridge, Sr.
First base: Sam Cummings, Hillcrest, Sr.
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P - Jada Hayes, Hartselle, Jr.
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P - Ryan Simpson, Valley, Jr.
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SS - Kaleigh Todd, McAdory, Sr.
OF - Hayden Henderson, Springville, Sr.
OF - Shelby Maze, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.
OF - Claire Jenkins, Cullman, So.
DH - Taylor Bahos, St. Paul’s, Sr.
DH - Kaitlin Paschall, Shelby County, Sr.
UTL - Morgan Reed, Briarwood Christian, Sr.
UTL - Hope Cain, Hartselle, So.
Pitcher of the Year: Jada Hayes, Hartselle
Hitter of the Year: Kaleigh Todd, McAdory
Player of the Year: Jada Hayes, Hartselle
Coach of the Year: Christy Ferguson, Hartselle
Pitcher: Abbey Swaney, Springville, 7th
Catcher: Alexis Marchozzi, Rehobeth, So.; Abbey Latham, Demopolis, Fr.
First base: Rian Brown, Springville, So.
Second base: Cookie Kelley, Benjamin Russell, Sr.
Third base: Tiffany York, Faith Academy, Fr.
Shortstop: Tyler Winkler, Faith Academy, Sr.
Outfield: Hannah Lee, Marbury, Jr.
Designated hitter: Chelsey Abernathy, Athens, Sr.
Utility: Lexus Burrows, Valley, So.
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P - Holly Ward, Haleyville, Sr.
P - Sally Jordan, Clarke County, So
P - Chelsea Fomby, Elmore County, Sr.
C - Hannah Sparks, Thomasville, Sr.
1B - Haley Britt, Elmore County, Sr.
2B - Brooke Nettles, Elmore County, Sr.
3B - Kendra Gibbons, Central-Clay County, Jr.
SS - Tanner Brown, Oak Grove, Sr.
OF - Jaycie Walker, Headland, So.
OF - Peyton Kegley, Alabama Christian, Sr.
OF - Amy Persinger, Dallas County, Sr.
DH - Elissa Brown, Elmore County, So.
DH - Bailey Nelson, Central-Florence, Sr.
UTL - Haven Campbell, Madison County, Sr.
UTL - Shanda Pugh, Clarke County, So.
Pitcher of the Year: Caitlin Perry, Alabama Christian
Hitter of the Year: Amy Persinger, Dallas County
Player of the Year: Holly Ward, Haleyville
Coach of the Year: Brain Hess, Alexandria
Pitcher: Lauren O’Dell, Alexandria, So.; Bailie Barnes, Beauregard, Fr.; Catherine Robinson, DAR High, So.
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First base: Sydney Gothart, Madison County, Jr.
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Outfield: Macy West, Haleyville, Sr.; Krista Crouse, Alabama Christian, Sr.; Baylee Gibbs, Oneonta, Jr
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Utility: Raina Lanier, Beauregard, Sr.
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P - Faith Sims, Cordova, Jr.
P - Montana Holcombe, Holly Pond, Sr.
P - Megan Smith, Pisgah, Sr.
C - Lillie McCrary, Pisgah, Sr.
1B - Sam Riley, Winfield, Sr.
2B - Micaela Beck, Winfield, Sr.
3B - Mackenzie Roberts, Deshler, Sr.
SS - Kate Gaddy, American Christian Academy, Jr.
OF - Claire Wilder, Trinity, Sr.
OF - Reagan Malone, Northside, So.
OF - Hannahstaysia Weaver, Pisgah, So.
DH - Lexie Coleman, Winfield, Jr.
DH - Torre Roberts, Piedmont, So.
UTL - Hannah Draper, West Morgan, Sr.
UTL - Anna Grace Owens, Colbert County, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year: Madi Moore, Winfield
Hitter of the Year: Micaela Beck, Winfield
Player of the Year: Madi Moore, Winfield
Coach of the Year: Zach Nix, Winfield
Pitcher: Sydney O’Connor, Montgomery-Catholic, Sr.; Anna Snider, White Plains, Jr.; Annie Willis, Westminster Christian., Fr.; Mallory Spurlock, Mars Hill, Sr.
Catcher: Sydney Sanders, West Morgan, So.; Katelyn Kinsaul, Straughn, Jr.; Megan Quimby, Gordo, Sr.
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Third base: Laiken Free, Opp, Sr.; Cailin Truhett, American Christian Academy, Sr.
Shortstop: Amy Woodham, Slocomb, Fr.; Kirstin Wood, Montomgery-Catholic, Sr.
Outfield: Bailie Andrews, Good Hope, Sr.; Kelley Pierce, Opp, Sr.; Emma Atkinson, Winfield, Sr.
Designated hitter: Alannah Henke, Good Hope, Sr.
Utility: Haley Thorpe, Holt, Fr.
P - Savanna Holmes, Hale County, 8th
P - Hannah Hassell, Lamar County, Sr.
P - Claire Boston, Hatton, Jr.
P - Shelby Sorrells, Zion Chapel, Sr.
C - Emily Snyder, Ariton, Sr.
1B - Maegan Stanfield, Prattville Christian, Sr.
2B - Destiney Butts, West End, So.
3B - Madison Smith, Sand Rock, Sr.
SS - Courtney Blevins, Ider, Jr.
OF - Josie Page, Washington County, Fr
OF - Mckenzie Hughes, Ider, So.
OF - Lizzy Galloway, Goshen, Jr.
DH - Brooklyn Minor, Leroy, So.
DH - Jami Hunter, Hatton, Sr.
UTL - Jessie Butler, Lexington, Jr.
UTL - Morgan Cleveland, West End, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Savanna Holmes, Hale County
Hitter of the Year: Courtney Blevins, Ider
Player of the Year: Savanna Holmes, Hale County
Coach of the Year: Lori Wyatt, Hale County
Pitcher: K-Rae Blasingame, Horseshoe Bend, Fr.; Bailee Dempsey, Houston Academy, Fr.
Catcher: Madison McCullough, Sand Rock, So.
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Third base: Haley Hughes, Goshen, Jr.
Shortstop: Morgan Burbage, Prattville Christian, Sr.; Loghan Cripple, G.W. Long, So.
Outfield: Kayla Marshall, Sweet Water, Fr.; Brylie St. Clair, Sand Rock, 7th; Jordan Childers, GW Long, Fr.
Designated hitter: Victoria Adams, Elba, Sr.; Sagen Thomas, Fyffe, Fr.
Utility: Brittney Minor, Leroy, So.
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P - Tiffany Self, Lynn, Sr.
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P - Katlyn Childress, Billingsley, Fr.
C - Kendell Hamm, Sumiton Christian, Jr.
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2B - Katlyn Sides , Sumiton Christian, Sr.
3B - Holly Murray, Lynn, So.
SS - Reagan Tittle, Lynn, Sr.
OF - Alexis Casteel, Falkville, Sr.
OF - Karlie Milligan, Berry, So.
OF - Callie Weeks, Kinston, Jr.
DH - Aryelle Jones, Collinsville, Fr.
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UTL - Peyton Barthel, Decatur Heritage, Sr.
UTL - Kendall Beth Sides , Sumiton Christian, Fr.
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Hitter of the Year: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian
Player of the Year: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian
Coach of the Year: Cindy Hawthorne, Brantley
Pitcher: Lily Ritzel, Florala, So.; Madison Sides, Spring Garden, So.
Catcher: Madison Motley, Billingsley, 8th
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Outfield: Mary Patton, Collinsville, Fr.; Allyson Bragwell, Belgreen, So.
Designated hitter: Emma Easley, Lynn, Sr.
Utility: Shelby Palmer, Tharptown, Jr.; Lauren Hammett, Gaylesville, So.
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P - Mandy Jordan, Wilcox Academy, Sr.
P –Macey Tucker, Glenwood, Sr.
C - Cailah Niles, Glenwood, Sr.
1B - Chesley Jones, Lakeside, Sr.
2B - Chandler Stenz, Marengo Academy, Sr.
3B - Bailey Rushing, Pike Liberal Arts, 8th
SS - Kacey Noland, Pickens Academy, Fr.
OF - Sudney Watson, Bessemer Academy, So.
OF - Devin Kennedy, Macon East Academy, Jr.
OF - Natalie Overstreet, Clarke Prep, Sr.
DH - Abby Ray, Lowndes Academy, Fr.
DH - Jesi Garrett, Macon East Academy, So.
UTL - Paige Hill, Lowndes Academy, Sr.
UTL - Elizabeth Perdue, Glenwood, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year: Kelsey Hartley, Edgewood Academy
Hitter of the Year: Kacy Noland, Pickens Academy
Player of the Year: Kelsey Hartley, Edgewood Academy
Coach of the Year: Joe Nettles, Wilcox Academy
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Catcher: Jessica Gallardo, Lowndes Academy, Jr.
First base: Conner Etheridge, Marengo Academy, Sr.
Second base: Kelsey Lewis, Patrician Academy, Fr.
Third base: Frankie Ammons, Lakeside, So.
Shortstop: Kasey Grant, Lakeside, Jr.; Skylar Tyson, Patrician Academy, Jr.
Outfield: Hannahlee Harris, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Haviland Harden, Glenwood, Jr.
Designated hitter: Brooke Smyly, Marengo Academy, Sr.
Utility: Kassidy Tyson, Patrician Academy, Fr.