In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regionals Review Five teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament, rolled through its regional – including a 10-1 win over Georgia Tech in the final. The Gators face in-state rival Florida State in the best-of-three Super Regionals
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Hall steps down as varsity baseball coach at West End

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

As the old adage says, “all good things must come to an end.”

After 14 seasons as head coach of West End High School’s varsity baseball team, Southside native Chad Hall recently decided to step down.

Hall said the decision to resign was not a hard one to make. 

“My wife Jamie and I have talked a lot about it

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Sexton returns to Hokes Bluff

Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald

Brian Sexton recently accepted an assistant coaching position at his alma mater, Hokes Bluff.

After spending the past five years coaching at Gaylesville, Brian Sexton answered the call to return home.

Sexton was recently hired as the lineman coach at Hokes Bluff. He will also assist with the Eagle baseball team.

Sexton officially accepted his new duties back in mid-June

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Bone, Fuhrman top annual All-Messenger baseball squad

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

It is no surprise that the most dominant baseball team in the area also dominated the annual All-Messenger squad.

Southside High School head coach Blake Bone was named Coach of the Year and pitcher/shortstop Andrew Fuhrman was named Player of the Year. The Panthers placed four other players on the list also.

Fuhrman was a major piece in

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ASWA releases All-State baseball team

Four area players were named to the 2012 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State varsity baseball team over the weekend.

Southside High School’s Andrew Fuhrman made first team in Class 5A and Westbrook Christian’s John Mayfield was named first team in Class 2A.

Fuhrman led Southside to the Class 5A state finals in Montgomery, where the Panthers earned a state runner-up

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Dice baseball? Okay that's pretty cool.

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

It seems like some guys just can’t get enough of baseball.

Last weekend I stopped by a friend’s house for a game of cards. There was a large group expected to be there, so I anticipated some pretty good games. When I arrived two tables were full and the stakes were high. My friend told me I

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Coosa hurler signs with Miles

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Coosa Christian High School senior pitcher Hunter Wood signed a baseball scholarship to Miles College during a ceremony at the high school’s band room at noon on May 29.

The hard-throwing Wood joins former Coosa battery mate Justin Langdale, who signed with Miles College at the end of last season.

“It will be fun playing with Justin again,”

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Foster returns to helm as Blue Devil baseball coach

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

The varsity baseball program at Etowah High School is about to get a makeover, a very familiar makeover.

Etowah High School and the Attalla Board of Education announced on Thursday that Larry Foster will return as head coach of the Blue Devils’ varsity baseball team.

Foster served as head coach at Etowah from 1981 to 2004, and turned

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Spanish Fort sweeps Southside in Class 5A championship series

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

After defeating Hartselle in the semifinals, Southside High School's varsity baseball team had plenty of momentum heading into its Class 5A state championship series against third-ranked Spanish Fort. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they did not have as much momentum as the Toros.

The Toros defeated the Panthers in two games, winning the opener at Patterson Field in

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Bone, Panthers vie for state title

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Southside High School’s varsity baseball team became the center of attention in the media last week. Thousands of fans, three radio stations and numerous sports writers packed the venue of Danny League Field to watch the Panthers battle rival Hartselle in the Class 5A semifinals. The Panthers lived up to the
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Southside whips Hartselle, advances to finals

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

It took Southside only two games to handily defeat sixth-ranked Hartselle last week in the Class 5A state semifinals in front of a record crowd at Danny League Field in Southside. The Tigers eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs two years ago in the semifinals.

The Panthers enjoyed splendid outings from pitchers Alex Pondick and Andrew Fuhrman

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South Lamar sweeps Gaston in quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

“Hoka Hey” is a slogan that the Gaston Bulldogs baseball team has on the back of their jerseys. The meaning of this Native American term is to “live life in such as way that one has done all that one should upon one’s last day, so it is indeed a good day to die!” This battle cry,…

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Top-ranked Mars Hill ousts Westbrook

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

The clash of Class 2A varsity baseball giants at William P. Stewart Field in Rainbow City between fourth-ranked Westbrook Christian High School and top-ranked Mars Hill Bible School ended rather quickly on May 4.

Mars Hill made the most of their trek from the Florence metro, ousting the Warriors in 12 innings in the much-anticipated quarterfinals doubleheader. The…

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Westbrook preps for top-ranked Mars Hill

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

It will be a clash of Class 2A baseball titans at William Stewart Field in Rainbow City on May 4, when fourth-ranked Westbrook Christian (26-11) hosts top-ranked Mars Hill (37-6) in varsity baseball quarterfinals action. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

“We simply must come out and execute.”

Simply put, that is the strategy Warrior varsity baseball…

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Southside advances over Walker

By Johnathan Bentley/Daily Mountain Eagle

There was no last-inning magic for Walker this time.

Southside-Gadsden ousted Walker from the playoffs with a 7-2 victory in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers broke open a tight game with a four-run sixth inning and advanced to next week's state quarterfinals.

A year ago, Walker put together a three-run rally with two…

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Reaves leads Westbrook past Section

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Westbrook Christian rode the arm of pitcher Matt Reaves and used a steady offensive attack to close out its Class 2A second round varsity baseball series against visiting Section, 10-2.

Reaves pitched a complete game for the Warriors in the crucial rubber match, giving up four hits and two earned runs over seven innings. Reaves broke his own…

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Westbrook splits with Section

 By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Westbrook Christian High School and Section High School split its Class 2A, second round playoff doubleheader on April 27 at William Stewart Park in Rainbow City.

The Warriors the opener, 13-3, but the Lions pawed their way from behind to take the second game, 7-6.

Chris Manning scored off a Westbrook throwing error to take the lead for Section…

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Miracle Game showcased the very best of baseball, people

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Most of us take for granted the gift of health. We get so caught up in our everyday lives of hustle and bustle that we forget how lucky we are to do the things we enjoy, such as riding bikes, jogging in the park or playing with our kids. 

Few sporting events trigger our senses like a baseball…

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Southside slides past Curry in 5A playoffs

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Yellow Jackets from Walker County didn’t have much sting on Apr. 20.  Solid pitching sparked Southside to a sweep over Curry in a best-of-three Class 5A first round state playoff series at Southside. Game 1 starter Alex Pondick overcame a shaky start to post a six-hit, 11-strikeout performance in a
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Westbrook blasts North Sand Mountain

 By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Westbrook Christian High School wasted no time disposing visiting North Sand Mountain High School from the Class 2A baseball playoffs. The fourth-ranked Warriors defeated the Thundering Herd, 10-0, in a doubleheader at the newly christened “William Stewart Field” in Rainbow City. The first game lasted only five innings and the second
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Hokes Bluff falls to White Plains

 By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The opening line of Charles Dickens’ novel could have easily described the Class 3A varsity baseball state playoff matchup between Hokes Bluff High School and White Plains High School.
 
White Plains was a team on a mission in the rubber game of the opening round of…

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Local Major Leaguers to headline charity tournament

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Local baseball fans will have the rare opportunity to meet former big leaguers when Baseball Players Association, Alabama Xtreme Travelball and NextLvl Sports hosts a charity baseball tournament to benefit The Miracle League.

Former Major League players Steve Shields, Stacy Jones, Brian Doyle and Eddie Priest will meet with fans and interact with the players.

The tournament is slated…

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Southside downs Etowah, one win away from area title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Southside High School took a giant step toward a Class 5A, Area 12 baseball title with a 12-2 victory over Etowah High School on April 10 Larry Foster Field in Attalla. 

The teams are scheduled to play on Thursday at Southside to determine the Class 5A, Area 12 champion. Both teams were 3-1 in area play heading into…

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Victory takes two from Coosa

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Coosa Christian High School dropped both games of a varsity baseball doubleheader with Victory Christian High School on April 2 in Class 1A action at Coosa. Victory defeated Coosa in the first game, 3-1 and edged the Conquerors in the nightcap, 10-9.

Both offenses exploded early in the second match.

Victory scored in the top of the first inning…

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Capes hurls no-hitter against Aggies

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Etowah High School sophomore Dylan Capes pitched five innings of no-hit baseball as the Blue Devils defeated Albertville High School in Junior Varsity action on March 27, 11-0.

Capes allowed the Aggies only two base runners during the match – the first on a walk and the second on a fielding error. Capes struck out seven batters to…

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Westbrook Christian enters 2A polls

ASWA High School Baseball Rankings

Polls Released March 22, 2012

Westbrook Christian entered the Class 2A state baseball polls after defeating previously eighth ranked West End on March 20, 13-3. The Warriors entered the polls in the ninth slot and have a record of 11-7. Despite its loss to Westbrook, West End remained in the polls and are ranked tenth. The two teams…

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Westbrook wallops West End

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

“It was an ugly game, there was nothing pretty about it. We didn’t play good baseball and we have to improve to be competitive.”

That was how Westbrook Christian High School head coach Matt Kennedy and West End High School head coach Chad Hall summed up the much anticipated first meeting of Class 2A, Area 13 baseball rivals…

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Bluff bruises Bulldogs

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

It took Class 3A’s second-ranked Hokes Bluff High School only five innings to batter county neighbor Gaston High School on March 19, 12-0.

Eagle ace-hurler Tanner Shields pitched four innings, earning four strikeouts while allowing only one hit.

Gaston starter Allen Davidson started the game off on a positive note, striking out Bluff leadoff batter Dylan McKee.

Then the Bulldog…

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West End enters polls in Class 2A

West End joined Hokes Bluff as the only boys baseball teams in Etowah County in the ASWA high school baseball polls, released March 15. Head coach Chad Hall’s Class 2A, #8 Patriots are 10-1, 2-0 and resume Area 13 play today (March 15) against Sand Rock. West End’s only loss was to Hokes Bluff on
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Bluff boys tops in Class 3A

ASWA Baseball rankings

Poll released March 6, 2012


CLASS 6A

1. Bob Jones (9-1)

2. Fairhope (9-0)

3. Pelham (10-0)

4. Vestavia Hills (8-1)

5. Baldwin County (8-2)

6. Auburn (8-6)

7. Smiths Station (9-2)

8. Oak Mountain (6-2)

9. Sparkman (6-4)

       10. Oxford (4-6)

Others nominated: Hoover (9-4); Prattville (6-2); Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (9-4); Huntsville (5-3); Clay-Chalkville (10-2); Baker (6-3)

 

CLASS 5A

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Titans sweep Blue Devils in twin bill

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Gadsden City Titans used two stellar pitching performances and an explosive offense to sweep a double header from the visiting Etowah Blue Devils on Tuesday.

“These were great wins for our program,” said a happy Titan head coach Todd Lamberth. The Gadsden City Titans improved their record to 7-5 on the early season. “These are big wins…

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Bluff rallies, hands Pats first loss

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Hokes Bluff High School rallied to score five runs in the final two innings of play to defeat West End High School, 8-5, in baseball on March 6 at Walnut Grove. The Eagles trailed at the end of the seventh inning, 5-3. Runs by Dylan McKee and Chase Jackiel knotted the
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Offense ignites, Pats remain unbeaten

 By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

West End High School defeated Fairview High School (Cullman County) on Feb. 27, 11-5, to improve its baseball record to 6-0.

Juniors Ryan Mashburn and Caleb Mayo led the Patriots’ offensive attack. 

Mashburn batted 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBI’s. Mayo tallied two hits on four at-bats with four runs and three stolen bases. Senior Skylar McCright batted…

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Stovall released by Braves, picked up by Royals

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Former Hokes Bluff baseball star Tyler Stovall was released by the Atlanta Braves organization in October 2011. The left-handed pitcher was picked up by the Kansas City Royals organization three days after being released by the Braves. Stovall was drafted by Atlanta in 2008 (#64 overall) and pitched for the Rome
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Westbrook splits in season opener

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Westbrook Christian High School opened its 2012 baseball season on Feb. 20, splitting a doubleheader at Boaz High School in the Sand Mountain Tournament. The Warriors dropped the opener to Class 6A Pell City, 5-3. John Mayfield pitched three innings in the opener against the Panthers, giving up five runs. Matthew
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Etowah falls in '12 opener

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Etowah High School dropped its 2012 baseball season opener to Guntersville on Feb. 20, 4-2.

Chris Steele scored in the first inning to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.

Etowah starting pitcher Josh Bobo blanked the Wildcats the first three innings. 

Guntersville loaded the bases in the fourth inning with no outs. The Blue Devils managed two outs without…

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Ledbetter leads Etowah Bees in opener

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Caleb Ledbetter batted 3-for-3 with a run and a stolen base as Etowah's junior varsity defeated Springville, 8-2, in the 2012 season opener on Feb. 20. The game was the first of a doubleheader at Attalla's Larry Foster Field.

Ledbetter slapped hits in the first, third and fourth innings. Braxton Woods scored two runs for the Blue Devils.

Right hander…

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Bright to lead Yellow Jackets on diamond

 By Joshua Price/Sports Editor If the Glencoe Yellow Jackets are to win baseball games this year, they may do so on the arm of senior Harrison Bright. Bright, who recently inked a baseball scholarship with Snead State Community College, won eight games the Yellow Jackets last year. But “Hurlin’ Harry” will be asked to do
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Hall, Kennedy anticipate close area race

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Etowah County baseball teams will have some tough competition in 2011. Comprised of Westbrook Christian, West End, Sand Rock, Pleasant Valley and Ohatchee, Area 13 is arguably one of the toughest areas in Class 2A. Westbrook finished the 2011 season with an impressive 26-10 record, before losing in the quarterfinals of
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Gaston skipper confident in inaugural season

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Gaston finished the 2011 baseball season with a 14-12 record before falling to the Ragland Purple Devils in the playoffs in a 3-game showdown.

Derrick Sewell took over Gaston’s baseball program after the resignation of veteran coach Mike Lamb last fall. Lamb accumulated a 66-47 record in five seasons as the Bulldog coach.

Gaston competes in Class 1A, Area…

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Titan hurler signs with Shelton

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Gadsden City High School senior pitcher John Hill signed a baseball scholarship with Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa) on Jan. 20 during a ceremony at GCHS. The Titan batted .330 during his junior campaign with 21 RBIs, seven doubles and a pair of home runs, but his skills on the mound
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Bright inks pact with Snead State

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor Glencoe senior Harrison Bright signed a baseball scholarship with Snead State Community College on Jan. 31 during a ceremony at Glencoe High School. GHS principal Charlton Giles spoke about Bright as a player and a person. “Not only is Snead getting a great pitcher, they are getting a great person. Harrison
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