Little’s three homer game highlights Bulldogs’ sweet weekend

Sweet Water (10-10) tangled with larger classification schools over the weekend, going 3-2 in the Tombigbee Classic.

Sweet Water 5, Thomasville 2

The Bulldogs opened the draw Friday night with a 5-2 win over long-time rival, Class 4A Thomasville. Lara Little swung the stick early and often to anchor the Sweet Water victory, homering three times in the contest.

Sara Irvin singled to start the game before Kamae Retic reached on an error. Little followed by hitting the second pitch she saw over the right field fence for the 3-0 Bulldog lead.

Thomasville climbed back into it with a two-run second inning, but Little was far from done. IN the top of the third, Little homered to center on a 2-2 pitch to make it 4-2 in favor of the Bulldogs. With two retired in the top of the fifth, Little made homered for the third straight at-bat when a solo shot to center on a 1-1 pitch for the 5-2 advantage.

Thea Luker made the lead stand up by striking out seven batters over five innings of work and allowing only five hits.

Avery Dement and Allie Newberry scored the Thomasville runs Brianna Crim had the lone Thomasville RBI.

Demopolis 6, Sweet Water 1

Sweet Water scuffled against in its second game Friday night, falling to No. 10 ranked Class 5A Demopolis 6-1. The Bulldogs gave up two runs in each of the first three innings while scoring its lone run in the top of the third when Little singled in Irvin.

Sweet Water tallied only five hits in the contest with two coming off the bat of Retic. Irvin, Little and Eva Myers each had a single in the game.

Sweet Water 8, Fruitdale 1

Sweet Water opened Saturday with a fury, downing Fruitdale 8-1. The Bulldogs scored three in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth for the win.

Myers opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when she singled home Natalie Luker for the 1-0 lead. Two batters later, BreAnna Ramsey drove in Kora Myers on a RBI grounder. Eva Myers then stole home for the 3-0 lead.

Sweet Water moved the lead to 4-0 in the third when Kora Myers doubled in Luker. Kayla Marshall singled to ignite the fourth-inning rally before stealing second and third. Ramsey drove her in with a single to push it to 5-0. Lindsey Davis followed with a single of her own to score Ramsey. Three batters later, Little doubled home Davis to set the lead at 7-0. Luker then doubled in Little for the 8-0 advantage.

Fruitdale’s lone run came on a Sweet Water error in the top of the fifth, erasing Irvin’s shutout bid. She finished with 11 strikeouts and one hit surrendered over five innings of work for the win.

Sweet Water 7, Jackson 2

The Bulldogs followed with a 7-2 win over Jackson in a game that saw them score in all five innings of play. Irvin doubled to open the contest and later scored on an error. Eva Myers stroked a solo shot in the second to put Sweet Water up 2-0.

Retic later singled in Elaina Mitchell to stretch it to 3-0. Kora Myers scored on an error in the third to lead the Bulldogs up 4-0 on the Class 5A Aggies.

The lead moved to 5-0 in the fourth when Irvin drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly to right. After Jackson scored on an error in the home half of the fourth, Kora Myers got back to wirk with a double to plate Madison Smith for the 6-1 lead. Two batters later, Eva Myers singled home Kora Myers for the final Sweet Water run of the game.

Thea Luker picked up the win in the circle, striking out eight over five innings of work while scattering six hits and allowing one earned run.

Demopolis 7, Sweet Water 0

Sweet Water scuffled in its final game of the weekend, losing 7-0 to Demopolis. The Bulldogs gave up four runs in the first inning and three in the second, including homers to Bria Brown and Abbey Latham.

The Bulldogs could not muster the offense to counter, getting only two hits in the game. Irvin and Kora Myers each singled to account for the entirety of the Sweet Water offense.

Sweet Water 10, Choctaw County 0

The tournament marked six games in three days for Sweet Water after the Bulldogs pounded Choctaw County 10-0 Thursday night. Thea Luker was little shy of scintillating in that contest, striking out 10 over six innings of work while surrendering just one hit.

Irvin proved the catalyst out of the leadoff spot in the first inning, tripling to open the bottom half of the frame. Retic followed with a grounder to third to drive in the run. Little and Natalie Luker hit back-to-back singles before the former stole home on the front end of a double steal. The score remained 2-0 in favor of the Bulldogs until Irvin doubled home Mitchell in the bottom fo the second.

Davis stole home in the fourth to put Sweet Water up 4-0. Irvin then scored on an error to make it 5-0. Thea Luker stretched it to 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth when she singled in Natalie Luker and Kora Myers. Three batters later, Irvin singled in Eva Myera and Mitchell. Kora Myers scored on an error in the sixth for the final run of the game.

Irvin highlighted the offensive showcase with a 4-for-4 day that included two doubles, a triple, a stolen base, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Sweet Water is scheduled to host Thomasville Monday before traveling to Fruitdale Tuesday.

Sweet Water baseball debuts at No. 1 in ASWA rankings

(Photo by Johnny Autery)

Five Marengo County teams land among the Top 10 of their respective classes in the first Alabama Sports Writers Association baseball and softball rankings of the 2017 season. Highlighting the group is Sweet Water, the No. 1 baseball team in Class 1A. The Bulldogs opened the season 10-0 before taking its first loss in a 6-5 setback to Clarke County last Saturday.

Marengo Academy sits at No. 7 in the AISA baseball rankings. The Longhorns’ female classmates sit at the same position among the softball rankings. Sweet Water also sees its softball team sitting in the debut rankings as the Tony Echols-led Lady Bulldogs are at No. 9 in Class 1A.

Demopolis softball is at No. 10 in the Class 5A softball rankings. Two of the Lady Tigers’ three losses are at the hands of Class 7A No. 4 Baker while the other is to Class 3A No. 10 American Christian Academy.



  1. Spain Park (15-0)
  2. Sparkman (17-2)
  3. Fairhope (16-1-1)
  4. Baker (20-3)
  5. Buckhorn (16-2)
  6. James Clemens (12-7)
  7. Tuscaloosa County (16-4)
  8. Mary Montgomery (16-5)
  9. Oak Mountain (9-9)
  10. Thompson (11-3)

Others nominated: Central-Phenix City (14-7), Hewitt-Trussville (5-8), Hoover (5-9-1).


  1. Chelsea (11-2)
  2. Oxford (15-1)
  3. Daphne (13-2)
  4. Gardendale (13-1)
  5. Southside-Gadsden (6-6)
  6. Hazel Green (12-3-1)
  7. Pell City (14-4)
  8. Austin (8-5)
  9. Northview (12-4)
  10. Hartselle (6-7)

Others nominated: Dothan (10-6), Helena (5-6), Robertsdale (11-5), Saraland (12-6), Muscle Shoals (8-4-1), Wetumpka (7-9).


  1. Springville (7-1)
  2. Rehobeth (17-2)
  3. Alexandria (4-2)
  4. Marbury (8-5)
  5. Lincoln (13-6)
  6. Mortimer Jordan (12-4-1)
  7. Hayden (7-4)
  8. Scottsboro (16-3)
  9. Moody (6-4)
  10. Demopolis (11-3)

Others nominated: Beauregard (9-8), Corner (14-6), East Limestone (5-5), Etowah (11-5), Eufaula (14-5), Faith Academy (6-2), Lawrence County (14-8).


  1. Westminster Christian (22-1)
  2. Alabama Christian (20-2)
  3. Northside (14-5-1)
  4. Hale County (5-3)
  5. Central-Florence (11-1)
  6. Satsuma (17-3)
  7. Handley (8-7)
  8. Cordova (10-2-1)
  9. Wilson (6-0)
  10. Thomasville (12-3)

Others nominated: Danville (9-3), LAMP (5-3), Leeds (7-5), Montgomery Catholic (4-0), Oneonta (7-4), Priceville (9-4).


  1. Plainview (10-1)
  2. Pisgah (5-5)
  3. Prattville Christian (6-3)
  4. Colbert Heights (7-0)
  5. East Lawrence (11-5)
  6. J.B. Pennington (14-3)
  7. Mobile Christian (6-8)
  8. Pleasant Valley (10-3-1)
  9. Geneva (9-3)
  10. American Christian (10-6)

Others nominated: Carbon Hill (7-3), Gordo (6-4), Hanceville (9-4), Locust Fork (5-0), Opp (11-3), West Morgan (3-5-1).


  1. Hatton (7-5)
  2. Ider (3-7)
  3. Leroy (9-2)
  4. Collinsville (12-5)
  5. Lamar County (5-1)
  6. Fyffe (7-5-1)
  7. Ariton (9-6)
  8. Tanner (1-1)
  9. Mars Hill Bible (4-3)
  10. Cottonwood (7-5)

Others nominated: Verbena (1-2).


  1. Sumiton Christian (6-2)
  2. Brantley (12-2)
  3. Billingsley (2-3)
  4. Spring Garden (4-1)
  5. Skyline (8-2-1)
  6. Cedar Bluff (6-3)
  7. Tharptown (7-5)
  8. Pleasant Home (5-3)
  9. Sweet Water (6-8)
  10. Berry (6-5)

Others nominated: Decatur Heritage (4-8), Kinston (5-3), Wadley (1-1), Waterloo (5-5).


  1. Macon-East (25-3)
  2. Pickens Academy (9-3)
  3. Autauga Academy (NA)
  4. Edgewood (19-9)
  5. Abbeville Christian (19-5)
  6. Patrician Academy (11-3)
  7. Marengo Academy (12-9)
  8. Glenwood (16-8)
  9. Northside Methodist (11-7)
  10. Clarke Prep (16-3)

Others nominated: Wilcox Academy (5-4).



  1. Hewitt-Trussville (13-2)
  2. Sparkman (8-4)
  3. Theodore (9-3)
  4. Grissom (11-4)
  5. Auburn (8-3)
  6. Hoover (10-3)
  7. McGill-Toolen (9-4)
  8. Central-Phenix City (9-6)
  9. Buckhorn (8-6-1)
  10. Enterprise (9-3)

Others nominated: Bob Jones (8-8), Lee-Montgomery (9-3), Mountain Brook (8-5), Oak Mountain (9-5), Smiths Station (8-6), Spain Park (8-5), Thompson (8-7), Vestavia Hills (5-4).


  1. Cullman (11-3)
  2. Spanish Fort (14-1)
  3. Decatur (9-1)
  4. Helena (9-3)
  5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-5)
  6. Florence (10-4)
  7. Hartselle (6-8)
  8. Hazel Green (9-4)
  9. Chelsea (9-4)
  10. Southside-Gadsden (6-6)

Others nominated: Gardendale (6-4), McAdory (7-3), Northview (11-4), Oxford (8-4), Saraland (9-5), Walker (10-3).


  1. Briarwood Christian (11-1)
  2. Faith Academy (8-4)
  3. Russellville (5-5)
  4. Calera (8-3)
  5. Etowah (8-1)
  6. St. Paul’s (11-1)
  7. Mortimer Jordan (8-4)
  8. Alexandria (6-4)
  9. Scottsboro (10-2)
  10. Jackson (10-1)

Others nominated: Curry (8-5), Guntersville (8-3), Headland (7-3), Pleasant Grove (6-5), Rehobeth (6-6).


  1. Randolph (9-2)
  2. Cherokee County (9-2)
  3. UMS-Wright (6-7)
  4. Oneonta (6-4)
  5. Jacksonville (7-1)
  6. Hokes Bluff (8-1)
  7. Wilson (10-3)
  8. Trinity (7-1)
  9. Sipsey Valley (7-2)
  10. Madison Academy (5-6)

Others nominated: Dale County (7-6), Madison County (7-6), Munford (7-4), Satsuma (10-5), White Plains (6-3)


  1. T.R. Miller (12-0)
  2. Cottage Hill (11-5)
  3. American Christian (7-3)
  4. Oakman (11-3)
  5. Geneva (6-3)
  6. Mobile Christian (5-6)
  7. Piedmont (4-4)
  8. Bayside Academy (8-2)
  9. Ohatchee (6-4)
  10. Colbert Heights (5-1)

Others nominated: Colbert County (5-3), Gordo (4-0), Houston Academy (6-6), Montgomery Academy (6-4), Prattville Christian (6-5), Providence Christian (6-6), Wicksburg (7-5).


  1. G.W. Long (11-3)
  2. Leroy (9-3)
  3. Mars Hill (6-4)
  4. Fyffe (7-1)
  5. Phil Campbell (8-3)
  6. Luverne (9-2)
  7. Reeltown (8-0)
  8. New Brockton (6-1)
  9. Vincent (6-4)
  10. Thorsby (6-3)

Others nominated: Cottonwood (7-4), Red Bay (6-4), St. Luke’s (4-5).


  1. Sweet Water (10-1)
  2. Cedar Bluff (7-2)
  3. Brantley (5-3)
  4. Decatur Heritage (4-5)
  5. Athens Bible (5-2)
  6. Millry (9-5)
  7. Coosa Christian (8-1)
  8. Victory Christian (7-1)
  9. Sumiton Christian (8-2)
  10. Highland Home (7-2)

Others nominated: Hackleburg (4-7), Houston County (8-6), Maplesville (6-2), Pleasant Home (4-5), Spring Garden (6-2).


  1. Glenwood (14-2)
  2. Monroe Academy (11-4)
  3. Lowndes Academy (9-3)
  4. Northside Methodist (15-5)
  5. Autauga Academy (10-4)
  6. Clarke Prep (13-3)
  7. Marengo Academy (10-3)
  8. Pike Lib (10-4)
  9. Fort Dale (10-4)
  10. Macon-East (12-6)

Others nominated: Bessemer Academy (10-9-1), Chambers Academy (7-2), Escambia Academy (5-3), Kingwood (10-5), Morgan Academy (4-3)

Luker almost flawless against Fruitdale

(photo by Johnny Autery)
Thea Rae Luker dominated yesterday against the Fruitdale. The Coastal Alabama signee pitched her second career no hitter striking out 13 of the 15 batters she faced in 5 innings, Sweet Water sailed past the Pirates 11-0.

Thea Luker was almost perfect Thursday. The Sweet Water senior saw her team hang five runs on the board in the bottom of the first and never looked back en route to a 11-0 victory against Class 1A, Area 1 foe Fruitdale.

Luker struck out the side in the first and third innings and would have repeated the feat in the second if not for a hit batsman that proved the Pirates’ lone baserunner of the contest. She ended the day with a no-hitter while striking out 13 batters over five innings of play on only 75 pitches.

Sara Irvin started the first-inning rally for Sweet Water with a double to left. Two batters later, Lara Little singled to center to plate Irvin for the 1-0 lead. While that would prove to be all the run support Luker needed, she would get plenty more.

Kora Myers later tripled in Natalie Luker and Madison Smith for the 3-0 lead. Eve Myers then drove in Kora Myers on a groundball. Four batters later, Irvin singled home Eve Myers for the 5-0 lead.

Eve Myers did more damage in the bottom of the second inning when she singled Kora Myers home for the 6-0 advantage. Lindsey Davis scored on a Kamae Retic grounder for the 8-0 lead.

Kora Myers singled in Smith for the 10-0 lead. Shakedra Brothers tripled in Thea Luker in the home half of the fourth to cap the scoring at 11-0.

Sweet Water was aggressive on the basepaths in the game, stealing 15 bases on the day. Irvin, Retic, Kora Myers and BreAnna Ramsey each swiped three bags apiece. Davis stole two while Littla stole one.

Irvin finished 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored. Retic scored a run and drove in a run. Little was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Natalie Luker went 2-for-3 with a double. Smith scored a pair of runs.

Kora Myers went 2-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. Eve Myers was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Thea Luker went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brothers finished 1-for-1 with a triple and one RBI. Ramsey scored a run. Davis finished 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Sweet Water (6-8) is scheduled to play again Monday when it hosts Clarke County.

Marengo, Linden advance in 1A, Area 4 girls tourney

LINDEN – The high seeds advanced through the first round of the Class 1A, Area 4 girls tournament Monday evening. Marengo High, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, opened with a thrilling 61-57 win over county rival A.L. Johnson.

In a game that saw Marengo open a nine-point lead early, Akayla McGhee continually pulled her team back into the contest. The sophomore pulled off a steal with 2:28 to play in the game and dished off to Dinecia McGhee for a layup to cut it to 57-52. She then hit a free throw and later connected on a put-back layup to make it 57-55. The Lady Eagles could pull no closer as LaKisha Lucy hit a free throw with 5.7 left to put the game away for Marengo. Lucy previously made a buzzer-beating three to end the third quarter and stretch the advantage to nine points.

Freshman J’Mya Hall paced Marengo with 27 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Iesha Bouler added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kadijah Crispin added six points, 11 rebound and six steals.

Akayla McGhee spearheaded the effort for ALJ with 24 points and 25 rebounds. Danicia McGhee added 13 points and four rebounds. Ja’Lani Mair had nine rebound and five steals.

A.L. Johnson ends its season at 4-9. Marengo (6-12) heads to the title game Friday night where it will face top-seeded Linden.

Linden 66, Sweet Water 26

The Lady Patriots romped in their first round win over Sweet Water, downing the Lady Bulldogs 66-26. Linden relied upon its press to storm out of the gate to a 20-0 lead. Linden led 26-3 after one quarter of play and stretched the advantage to 47-11 at half. Linden played its starters sparingly after the first quarter.

Amber Richardson finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tomysha Boykin had 20 points. Imiya Agee had six points and six assists. Dajia Miller had six points and five steals.

Sweet Water gave heavy minutes to all six of its players. Gabby Cassity led her team with 14 points including four three-pointers. She also had three steals. Skylar Robertson had 13 rebounds while Shakedra Brothers grabbed 12 boards.

Sweet Water finishes its season at 4-12. Linden (19-4) eyes an Area 4 title tilt with Marengo Friday.

Latham wins Class 5A Hitter of Year; 8 county players make all-state

LathamDemopolis catcher Abbey Latham earned Class 5A Hitter of the Year as well as First Team All-State honors following a junior campaign that saw her hit .571 with 12 homers and 57 RBIs while scoring 50 runs in only 39 games. Latham also tallied 20 doubles, three triples and 20 walks while amassing a .638 on-base percentage and going a perfect 18-for-18 on stolen bases.

An Ole Miss commit, Latham also earned her way into the AHSAA North-South All-Star game earlier this spring.

Latham heads a list of eight players from around Marengo County that earned All-State honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Demopolis third baseman Courtney Smith took honorable mention distinction in Class 5A after having batted .435, scored 40 runs and stole 19 bases during her junior year.

Sweet Water’s Kayla Marshall received the First Team nod at first base in Class 2A after hitting .468 with a pair of homers and 21 runs scored.

Second Team distinction at the Utility spot went to Emily Black, who hit .346 with 26 RBIs while also going 13-8 as a pitcher.

Sara Irvin hit .407 on the season and took home honorable mention recognition in Class 2A at shortstop for the Lady Bulldogs.

Marengo Academy’s Mary Grace Sheffield earned Second Team honors in the outfield following her eighth grade season. Sheffield hit .463 while stealing 23 bases and scoring 29 runs.

Macey Petrey took Second Team honors at designated hitter after batting .545 with a homer, 29 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 16 stolen bases.

Ryan Hale earned Honorable Mention honors at second base after hitting .408 with 17 stolen bases and 28 runs scored.

2016 ASWA All-State Softball Team


First Team

P – Emily Jacklin, James Clemens, Sr.

P – Aubrion James, James Clemens, Sr.

P – Kailey Stoker, Sparkman, Jr.

P – Zoie Emrick, Buckhorn, Jr.

C – Abby Tissier, Hoover, Jr.

1B – Victoria Ortiz, Baker, So.

2B – Mackenzie Nutt, Sparkman, Jr.

3B – Shelby Booker, James Clemens, Jr.

SS – TJ Webster, Sparkman, Fr.

OF – Carmyn Greenwood, Oak Mountain, Sr.

OF – Mary-Hannah Smith, Baker, Sr.

OF – Jamie Gregg, Hoover, So.

DH – Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park, Jr.

DH – O’Neil Roberson, Oak Mountain, Jr.

UTL – Bailey Murphy, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr.

UTL – Briana Chappell, Tuscaloosa Co., Jr.

Second Team

P – Lauren Hayden, Buckhorn, Jr.

P – Taylor Adams, Prattville, Jr.

P – Annabelle Widra, Spain Park, 7th

P – Jordan Holifield, Baker, Sr.

C – McKenna Ray, Bob Jones, Sr.

1B – Elizabeth Franklin, Mary Montgomery, So.

2B – Delaney Thomas, Baker, Jr.

3B – Katie Webb, Central-Phenix City, Sr.

SS – Ashlee Sanders, Oak Mountain, Sr.

OF – Rylie Anna Sharp, Huntsville, Sr.

OF – Dalilah Benton, Foley, Fr.

OF – Taylor Davis, Sparkman, So.

DH – Charlee West, Prattville, Sr.

DH – Kynadi Tipler, Spain Park, Sr.

UTL – Brooke Miller, Buckhorn, Sr.

UTL – Sara Chappell, Tuscaloosa Co., Jr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Gracie Deaton, Central-Phenix City, So.; Lily Calvert, Sparkman, Fr.; Jessica Perley, Vestavia Hills, Jr.

Catcher: Aly Smith, Smiths Station, Sr.; Hannah Borden, Hewitt-Trussville, Fr.

First base: Keaton Barnes, Huntsville, So.

Second base: Jadia Jones, Central-Phenix City, Jr.

Third base: Katelyn Cotton, Mary Montgomery, Jr.

Shortstop: Caroline Payne, James Clemens, Sr.

Outfield: Mykaela Watt, Prattville, Sr.; Riley McWaters, Tuscaloosa Co., So.

Designated hitter: Maddie Dorsett, Hewitt-Trussville, Sr.; Nicole Buccieri, Bob Jones, Jr.

Utility: Alexa Nemeth, Auburn, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Aubrion James, James Clemens

Hitter of the Year: O’Neil Roberson, Oak Mountain

Player of the Year: Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park

Coach of the Year: Dale Palmer, Sparkman



First Team

P – Sarah Cespedes, Chelsea, So.

P – Savanna Yancey, Southside-Gadsden, Sr.

P – Rylee Waldrep, Oxford, Jr.

P – Olivia Schwaiger, Cullman, Jr.

C – Aspyn Godwin, Daphne, So.

1B – Kendall Palmer, Saraland, Sr.

2B – Katie Young, Opelika, Jr.

3B – Karsen Mosley, Saraland, So.

SS – K.K. Crocker, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr.

OF – Haley Lyner, Oxford, Jr.

OF – Carlee McCondichie, Gardendale, Fr.

OF – Lauren Hunt, Southside-Gadsden, Fr.

DH – Claire Jenkins, Cullman, Sr.

DH – Caroline Burns, Gardendale, Sr.

UTL – Kryslin Chappell, Fort Payne, Sr.

UTL – Abby McKee, Pell City, Sr.

Second Team

P – JoJo Skinner, Oxford, Jr.

P – Cydney Sizemore, Dothan, Jr.

P – Makenna Pierce, Daphne, So.

P – Ellison Barrett, Florence, Sr.

C – Ashton Hill, Austin, Jr.

1B – Lakien Dillard, Florence, Sr.

2B – Lindsay Hodge, Pell City, Sr.

3B – Hannah Morton, Cullman, Jr.

SS – Alexis Sydnor, Opelika, Sr.

OF – Mia Griffin, Walker, Fr.

OF – Taiya Ponder, Cullman, Sr.

OF – Kaley Warren, Arab, So.

DH – Kelsie Cornelius, Wetumpka, Jr.

DH – Skylar Birdyshaw, Walker, So.

UTL – Allie Miller, Chelsea, So.

UTL – Macy Kate Petriske, Scottsboro, Jr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Hannah Morris, Athens, Jr.; Kat Hazelwood, Pell City, Jr.

Catcher: Alex Rios, Muscle Shoals, Sr.

First base: None.

Second base: Taylor Ellison, Oxford, Sr.

Third base: Kenzi Piper, Pell City, Sr.

Shortstop: Rachel Walz, Briarwood, Sr.; Venice Sanders, Homewood, Jr.

Outfield: Brooke Ingram, Fort Payne, Jr.; Lexi DiLorenzo, Pell City, Jr.

Designated hitter: Chaney Phillips, Gardendale, So.; Morgan Gaither, Brookwood, Jr.

Utility: Emily Sinclair, Robertsdale, Jr.; Kayla Davis, Hueytown, So.

Pitcher of the Year: Rylee Waldrep, Oxford

Hitter of the Year: Aspyn Godwin, Daphne

Player of the Year: Claire Jenkins, Cullman

Coach of the Year: Heather Mitchell, Chelsea


First Team

P – Bailie Barnes, Beauregard, Jr.

P – Layton Murphy, Marbury, Jr.

P – Lauren O’Dell, Alexandria, Sr.

P – Abby Swaney, Springville, Fr.

C – Abbey Latham, Demopolis, Jr.

1B – Rian Brown, Springville, Sr.

2B – Sidney Wagnon, Moody, So.

3B – Savannah Woodard, Hayden, Fr.

SS – Lacey Fincher, Faith Academy, So.

OF – Schylur Edwards, Alabama Christian, Jr.

OF – Madison Grant, Etowah, Sr.

OF – Talia Truitt, Rehobeth, Jr.

DH – Morgan Maze, Mortimer Jordan, So.

DH – Carlee Mullinax, Lincoln, Jr.

UTL – Catelynn Howell, Alexandria, Jr.

UTL – Lauren Rase, Rehobeth, So.

Second Team

P – Avery Barnett, Helena, Fr.

P – Raygan Larson, Rehobeth, Sr.

P – Allie Beilstein, Alabama Christian, Sr.

P – Haley Pittman, Alabama Christian, 8th

C – Ashlyn Perrin, Springville, Jr.

1B – Kendall Tucker, Beauregard, Sr.

2B – Hope Crawford, Central-Clay County, Jr.

3B – Lauren Hopper, Lawrence County, So.

SS – Chloe Kirkland, Hayden, Jr.

OF – Shatima Smith, Central-Clay County, Sr.

OF – Mekhi Mayfield, Helena, Jr.

OF – Meg Sullivan, Springville, Sr.

DH – Katie Lively, Helena, Fr.

DH – Kaylee Chapman, Springville, So.

UTL – Emma Jones, Etowah, Jr.

UTL – Tiffany York, Faith Academy, Jr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Ali Grace Shelton, Lawrence County, Sr.

Catcher: Karla Hice, Ardmore, Fr.; Maggie Blanton, Helena, Jr.

First base: Taylor Robinson, Faith Academy, So.; Alyssa Howard, Etowah, Sr.

Second base: Anna Smith, Faith Academy, Fr.

Third base: Courtney Smith, Demopolis, Jr.; Megan Hill, Lawrence County, Jr.

Shortstop: Brittany Williams, East Limestone, Sr.; Courtney Blackwood, West Point, Jr.

Outfield: Taylor Houck, Lincoln, Jr.; Hannah Page Clayton, Randolph, Sr.

Designated hitter: Christavia Curry, Lincoln, Fr.; Laura Nickolson, Alabama Christian, Jr.

Utility: Kenzie Bayer, Marbury, Fr.; Madilyn Seymour, Faith Academy, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year: Abby Swaney, Springville

Hitter of the Year: Abbey Latham, Demopolis

Player of the Year: Lauren Rase, Rehobeth

Coach of the Year: Heidi Kouveras, Helena


First Team

P – Annie Willis, Westminster Christian, Jr.

P – Sally Jordan, Clarke County, Sr.

P – Reagan Watkins, LAMP, Jr.

P – Ashlee Swindle, Curry, Sr.

C – Anna Hood, Locust Fork, So.

1B – Justus Perry, Curry, Sr.

2B – Reagan Malone, Northside, Sr.

3B – Brookley Knowles, Satsuma, Jr.

SS – Elissa Brown, Elmore County, Sr.

OF – Anna Kate Segars, East Lawrence, So.

OF – Hannah Ingram, Cordova, Jr.

OF – Jaycie Walker, Headland, Sr.

DH – Haley Barnette, Northside, Sr.

DH – Rebekah Inman, Elkmont, Sr.

UTL – Kiara Akles, Cleburne County, Jr.

UTL – Heather Irons, Thomasville, Sr.

Second Team

P – Savannah Stamps, Northside, So.

P – Laken Distefano, Central-Florence, Jr.

P – Maria Mask, Wilson, Jr.

P – Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville, Fr.

C – Emily Aaron, Curry, Sr.

1B – Riley Grace Honeycutt, Northside, So.

2B – Kyndra Richard, Curry, So.

3B – Taylor Brown, Wilson, Fr.

SS – Kaylee Horton, Curry, Sr.

OF – Mary Kilpatrick, Cordova, So.

OF – Shanda Pugh, Clarke County, Sr.

OF – Shay Henson, Cleburne County, Sr.

DH – Chelsea Parker, Cleburne County, So.

DH – Catherine Robinson, DAR, Sr.

UTL – Ashley Daffin, Clarke County, So.

UTL – Josie Thompson, North Jackson, Fr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Michaelyn Foster, Montgomery Catholic, Jr.; Amber Parker, Cleburne County, Jr.

Catcher: Brandi Bentley, Elkmont, Sr.

First base: Kristen Peavy, Straughn, Sr.

Second base: Jordan Criswell, Oneonta, So.

Third base: Chloe Kleffman, DAR, So.

Shortstop: Molly Stewart, Straughn, Jr.

Outfield: Madison Winchester, W.S. Neal, Sr.; Madison Daniel, Wilson, Sr.

Designated hitter: MaKailey Speegle, Good Hope, Fr.

Utility: Chloe Deerman, West Blocton, So.; Taylor Cassidy, LAMP, Fr.

Pitcher of the Year: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

Hitter of the Year: Elissa Brown, Elmore County

Player of the Year: Ashlee Swindle, Curry

Coach of the Year: Anthony Norris, LAMP


First Team

P – Brooklyn Pennington, Lamar County, 8th

P – Stephanie Schoonover, Pisgah, 8th

P – Paisley Wilson, Prattville Christian, Fr.

P – Savanna Holmes, Hale County, So.

C – Maegan Walding, Dale County, Sr.

1B – McKinley Parris, Pleasant Valley, So.

2B – Paige Norris, Sand Rock, So.

3B – Kara Perry, Pleasant Valley, Jr.

SS – Brooke Perrigin, Gordo, So.

OF – Kayle Vaught, Pisgah, Fr.

OF – Sissy Atchley, Prattville Christian, Fr.

OF – Brylie St. Clair, Sand Rock, Fr.

DH – Harley Stokes, Hale County, Jr.

DH – Kathryn Fallen, Prattville Christian, Fr.

UTL – Amy Woodham, Slocomb, Jr.

UTL – Hannah Rogers, Dale County, Jr.

Second Team

P – Hayden Law, Prattville Christian, So.

P – Taylor Hamm, Ohatchee, Sr.

P – Magen Rich, Sand Rock, Jr.

P – Cierra Brown, Gordo, Jr.

C – Madison McCullough, Sand Rock, Sr.

1B – Kylie Bolton, Oakman, So.

2B – Emma James, Colbert Heights, Fr.

3B – Macy Anderson, Pisgah, Fr.

SS – Savannah Sudduth, Lamar County, So.

OF – Claire West, Madison Academy, Fr.

OF – Keeli Bobbitt, Lamar County, Jr.

OF – Kaylee Raines, Geneva, Jr.

DH – BreAnna Barlow, Excel, Fr.

DH – Savannah Williams, Pleasant Valley, Fr.

UTL – Brittany Todd, Beulah, Jr.

UTL – Torre Roberts, Piedmont, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: None

Catcher: Katelyn Crawford, Madison Academy, So.

First base: None.

Second base: Atleigh Brannon, Pleasant Valley, Jr.; Makayla Dorroh, American Christian, Sr.

Third base: Ariyon Hightower, Opp, So.; Madalyn Oliver, Sand Rock, Sr.

Shortstop: Shelbie Burbage, Prattville Christian, Jr.

Outfield: Samantha Sisco, Dale County, Jr.; Brooke Perkins, Hale County, Sr.

Designated hitter: Kayleigh Williams, Piedmont, Jr.; Kennedy Barron, Pisgah, 7th.

Utility: Keliegh Tovey, Madison Academy, So.; Madison Green, Beulah, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year: Savanna Holmes, Hale County

Hitter of the Year: Amy Woodham, Slocomb

Player of the Year: Harley Stokes, Hale County

Coach of the Year: Nicole Dutton, Dale County


First Team

P – Kamree Lay, Sumiton Christian, Jr.

P – Abbi Gooch, Mars Hill Bible, Sr.

P – Brittany Lee, New Brockton, Sr.

P – Kayla Norman, Ider, Sr.

C – Meredith McPherson, New Brockton, Jr.

1B – Kayla Marshall, Sweet Water, Jr.

2B – Sophie Page, Washington County, 7th

3B – Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian, Jr.

SS – Josie Page, Washington County, Jr.

OF – Kendall Beth Sides, Sumiton Christian, Jr.

OF – Sydney Smith, Leroy, Jr.

OF – Alex Hallmark West End, Sr.

DH – Holly Murray, Sumiton Christian, Sr.

DH – Kaitlyn Williams, Hatton, So.

UTL – Haley Malone, Tharptown, Sr.

UTL – Rilee White, Cold Springs, Sr.

Second Team

P – Ayriana Stoneback, Reeltown, So.

P – Libby Baker, G.W. Long, Fr.

P – Kynsley Blasingame, Horseshoe Bend, Jr.

P – Brittney Minor, Leroy, Sr.

C – Morgan Long, G.W. Long, Jr.

1B – Madison Leger, Providence Christian, Jr.

2B – Shelby Hawkins, Ider, Jr.

3B – Brooklyn Minor, Leroy, Sr.

SS – Loghan Cripple, G.W. Long, Sr.

OF – Makenzie Hughes, Ider, Sr.

OF – Savanah Langston, Sumiton Christian, Jr.

OF – Tania Timmons, West End, Jr.

DH – Mallory Stiefel, Fyffe, Jr.

DH – Emma Latham, Hatton, Fr.

UTL – Emily Black, Sweet Water, Sr.

UTL – Hannah Calhoun, Goshen, Fr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Ashley Berryman, Hatton, 8th; Sydney Golden, Houston Academy, Sr.

Catcher: Destiney Butts, West End, Sr.

First base: Lakin Pratt, Ariton, Fr.

Second base: Haleigh Dewberry, Zion Chapel, So.; Sara Irvin, Sweet Water, So.

Third base: Kaitlyn Vandiver, Tharptown, Sr.

Shortstop: Hannah Peters, Ariton, Jr.; Bailey West, Cold Springs, Sr.

Outfield: Carmen Kelly, Goshen, Sr.; Kaylee Bain, Tharptown, Jr.

Designated hitter: Sagen Thomas, Fyffe, Jr.; Carlee Colbert, Providence Christian, Fr.

Utility: None.

Pitcher of the Year: Abbi Gooch, Mars Hill Bible

Hitter of the Year: Jenna Ergle, Sumiton Christian

Player of the Year: Kendall Beth Sides, Sumiton Christian

Coach of the Year: David Hughes, Ider


First Team

P – Chandler Sparkman, Decatur Heritage, Jr.

P – Leanna Johnson, Brantley, So.

P – Katlyn Childress, Billingsley, Jr.

P – Mack Tidwell, Lynn, Sr.

C – Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley, Fr.

1B – Olivia Jones, Brantley, Fr.

2B – Jessica Smart, Spring Garden, Sr.

3B – Casey Headley, Billingsley, Fr.

SS – Payton McGinnis, Spring Garden, Fr.

OF – Anna Elmore, Kinston, Sr.

OF – Alex Wilcox, Brantley, Jr.

OF – Karlie Milligan, Berry, Sr.

DH – Kerstin Bryant, Spring Garden, So.

DH – Ryon Dodd, Lynn, Sr.

UTL – Alaina Hampton, Coosa Christian, Jr.

UTL – Taylor Jones, Berry, Sr.

Second Team

P – None

C – Destinie Grace, Cedar Bluff, Sr.

1B – Bailee Kerr, Spring Garden, Sr.

2B – Madelyn Mitchell, Gaylesville, Fr.

3B – Payton Traffanstedt, Spring Garden, So.

SS – Carol Garmany, Coosa Christian, Fr.

OF – Kelsie Elrod, Billingsley, Fr.

OF – Madison Sides, Spring Garden, Sr.

OF – Hayley Williams, Spring Garden, Sr.

DH – Natalie Watkins, South Lamar, So.

DH – Lexie Gann, Covenant Christian, So.

UTL – Abby Hester, Vina, So.

UTL – Lauren Hammett, Gaylesville, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: None.

Catcher: Brianna Cagle, Decatur Heritage, Jr.

First base: Morgan Hardin, South Lamar, Sr.

Second base: Mattie Newman, South Lamar, Sr.

Third base: Lainey Wells, Brantley, So.

Shortstop: Abby Tindol, Billingsley, So.

Outfield: Michelle Hawkins, South Lamar, Sr.

Designated hitter: None.

Utility: None.

Pitcher of the Year: Leanna Johnson, Brantley

Hitter of the Year: Alex Wilcox, Brantley

Player of the Year: Alex Wilcox, Brantley

Coach of the Year: J.T. Lawrence, Billingsley


First Team

P – Paxton Searle, Macon-East, Sr.

P – Tyler Armistead, Patrician, Jr.

P – McKenna Gillespie, Glenwood, Jr.

P – Bailee Dempsey, Northside Methodist, Jr.

C – Kirstin Reynolds, Glenwood, Jr.

1B – Kelsey Lewis, Patrician, Jr.

2B – Kaylee Pullin, Macon-East, Jr.

3B – Madisyn Kennedy, Macon-East, Fr.

SS – Abby Ray, Lowndes Academy, Jr.

OF – Hope Gullatt, Glenwood, Fr.

OF – Sommer Sears, Macon-East, Jr.

OF – Kayla Dendy, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.

DH – Jesi Garrett, Macon-East, Sr.

DH – Bethanie Daniels, Lowndes Academy, Sr.

UTL – Megan Brooks, Clarke Prep, Sr.

UTL – Samantha Yarbrough, Pike Liberal Arts, So.

Second Team

P – Sarah Anna McIntosh, Lowndes Academy, Sr.

P – Shelby Lowe, Pickens Academy, 8th

P – Megan Garst, Cornerstone Christian, Sr.

P – Frankie Ammons, Lakeside, Sr.

C – Cameron Cooper, Wilcox Academy, Jr.

1B – Sydney Sessions, Wilcox Academy, Jr.

2B – Bailey Reid, Patrician, So.

3B – Laura Beth Franklin, Cornerstone Christian, Sr.

SS – Kacy Noland, Pickens Academy, Jr.

OF – Allison Johnson, Clarke Prep, Jr.

OF – Kinsey Brown, Glenwood, Sr.

OF – Mary Grace Sheffield, Marengo Academy, 8th

DH – Macey Petrey, Marengo Academy, Jr.

DH – Savannah Jordan, Jackson Academy, Jr.

UTL – Carle Hampton, Glenwood, Fr.

UTL – Taylor King, Lowndes Academy, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Pitcher: Bailey Rushing, Pike Liberal Arts, So.

Catcher: Dawn Johnson, Macon-East, Fr.; Kassidy Tyson, Patrician, Jr.

First base: Brooke Morris, Lakeside, Jr.

Second base: Parker Slappey, Glenwood, Jr.; Ryan Hale, Marengo Academy, Sr.

Third base: Carmen Till, Lowndes Academy, Sr.

Shortstop: Nataley Whitner, Cornerstone Christian, 8th; Lydia Lewis, Patrician, So.

Outfield: Neely Austin, Glenwood, 8th; Abbey Knight, Northside Methodist, 8th.

Designated hitter: Madison Meigs, Springwood, Sr.

Utility: Joiner Hughes, Lakeside, Fr.; Mallory Whitehead, Jackson Academy, Jr

Pitcher of the Year: Paxton Searle, Macon-East

Hitter of the Year: Abby Ray, Lowndes Academy

Player of the Year: Paxton Searle, Macon-East

Coach of the Year: Greg Lewis, Patrician

Luker nearly flawless in Sweet Water win

(Photo by Johnny Autery)

(Photo by Johnny Autery)

Thea Luker was almost perfect Friday as her Sweet Water Bulldogs downed area rival Southern Choctaw 10-0. Luker tossed a no-hitter, facing 22 batters in the contest. She walked one and saw one batter reach on an error.

Kora Myers led the offensive effort, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Charlie Sturdivant went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Bailey Brunson finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

Sweet Water, Marengo Academy teams in first ASWA polls of season



  1. Baker (12-2)
  2. Hoover (17-3)
  3. Sparkman (18-6-1)
  4. James Clemens (18-4)
  5. Spain Park (13-6)
  6. Tuscaloosa County (13-6-1)
  7. Buckhorn (18-7-1)
  8. Oak Mountain (11-4)
  9. Hewitt-Trussville (13-5-1)
  10. Thompson (13-8)

Others nominated: Central-Phenix City (8-8-1), Huntsville (11-9-1), Mary Montgomery (10-9), Vestavia Hills (7-8).


  1. Southside-Gadsden (7-3)
  2. Gardendale (19-3-1)
  3. Chelsea (13-3)
  4. Oxford (10-3)
  5. Pell City (18-3)
  6. Florence (9-1)
  7. Athens (8-5-1)
  8. Daphne (7-5)
  9. Hartselle (5-6)
  10. Arab (8-6)

Others nominated: Cullman (5-6), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6-9-1), Hueytown (7-10), Scottsboro (9-7), Walker (8-5), Wetumpka (13-12).


  1. Rehobeth (23-1)
  2. Springville (12-4-1)
  3. Hayden (6-3)
  4. Faith Academy (6-1)
  5. Alexandria (9-2)
  6. Marbury (14-4-1)
  7. Alabama Christian (12-8)
  8. Beauregard (18-4)
  9. Etowah (10-7)
  10. Moody (7-5)

Others nominated: Corner (9-6), Demopolis (10-3), East Limestone (7-6), Eufaula (10-7), Helena (7-6), Lawrence County (10-9-1), Lincoln (16-6).


  1. Curry (11-0)
  2. Westminster Christian (19-4)
  3. Northside (21-2)
  4. LAMP (18-2)
  5. Cleburne County (15-2)
  6. Clarke County (6-3)
  7. Handley (16-8)
  8. Cordova (7-3)
  9. West Blocton (10-6)
  10. Headland (10-10)

Others nominated: Elmore County (7-9), Holtville (8-9), North Jackson (9-9), Oneonta (5-4), Rogers (10-4), Thomasville (9-7), UMS-Wright (12-6).


  1. Hale County (9-4-1)
  2. Prattville Christian (26-3)
  3. Pisgah (9-4)
  4. Colbert Heights (5-0)
  5. West Morgan (12-7)
  6. Pleasant Valley (14-3)
  7. Gordo (14-4-1)
  8. Plainview (8-2)
  9. Slocomb (15-3)
  10. American Christian (8-7-1)

Others nominated: Dale County (10-5), Madison Academy (6-5), Oakman (8-8), Opp (4-2), Piedmont (11-5), Sand Rock (9-4).


  1. Sumiton Christian (10-1)
  2. Hatton (10-7)
  3. Ider (9-3)
  4. Leroy (18-4)
  5. Mobile Christian (5-4)
  6. G.W. Long (9-3)
  7. Collinsville (13-6)
  8. Sweet Water (10-7)
  9. Tharptown (8-3)
  10. New Brockton (7-3)

Others nominated: Cold Springs (7-2), Fyffe (4-6), Goshen (6-4).


  1. Brantley (11-3)
  2. Spring Garden (4-3)
  3. Coosa Christian (9-5)
  4. Marion County (9-2)
  5. Skyline (8-9)
  6. Pleasant Home (7-5)
  7. Kinston (6-9)
  8. Decatur Heritage (2-4)
  9. Appalachian (11-8)
  10. Lynn (7-7)

Others nominated: Berry (6-4), Jefferson Christian (3-1), Ragland (6-6).


  1. Glenwood (22-3)
  2. Macon-East (20-4)
  3. Edgewood (14-6)
  4. Pickens Academy (9-1)
  5. Patrician Academy (9-3)
  6. Clarke Prep (8-3)
  7. Marengo Academy (7-3)
  8. Pike Liberal Arts NA
  9. Abbeville Christian (17-11)
  10. Bessemer Academy (10-8)

Others nominated: Lee-Scott (7-10-1).



  1. Sparkman (13-3)
  2. Vestavia Hills (15-1)
  3. Auburn (14-3)
  4. Hoover (11-8)
  5. Bob Jones (17-6)
  6. Huntsville (8-8)
  7. McGill-Toolen (11-2)
  8. Mountain Brook (9-3)
  9. Central-Phenix City (12-7)
  10. Smiths Station (12-7)

Others nominated: Baker (6-6), Fairhope (6-4), Theodore (8-9).


  1. Florence (17-4)
  2. Hartselle (15-7)
  3. Decatur (19-4)
  4. Cullman (15-4)
  5. Muscle Shoals (13-1)
  6. Spanish Fort (9-5)
  7. Opelika (11-9)
  8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (12-4)
  9. Northview (15-4)
  10. Oxford (12-3)

Others nominated: Brookwood (6-0), Benjamin Russell (11-3), Chilton County (9-5), Gardendale (10-6), Hueytown (10-3), Northridge (8-6), Pell City (8-4), Russell County (12-9), Saraland (7-8), Scottsboro (13-7).


  1. Russellville (14-1)
  2. Charles Henderson (15-1)
  3. Helena (12-6)
  4. Faith Academy (13-3)
  5. St. Paul’s (9-1)
  6. Tallassee (12-4)
  7. Rehobeth (14-3)
  8. Guntersville (13-2)
  9. Alexandria (6-4)
  10. Alabama Christian (11-5)

Others nominated: East Limestone (10-4), Etowah (10-6), Jemison (14-5), Madison County (10-5), Randolph (17-1).


  1. UMS-Wright (9-5)
  2. St. James (9-3)
  3. Deshler (10-2)
  4. Trinity (8-6)
  5. Brooks (4-7)
  6. Oneonta (7-4)
  7. Jacksonville (8-2)
  8. Headland (9-6)
  9. Hokes Bluff (10-2)
  10. Haleyville (7-4)

Others nominated: Holtville (10-5), North Jackson (7-5), Sardis (11-5), Sipsey Valley (4-3).

Class 3A

  1. American Christian (9-2)
  2. Bayside Academy (10-1)
  3. Geneva (7-5)
  4. Colbert Heights (11-0)
  5. Madison Academy (11-5)
  6. Ohatchee (6-3)
  7. Winston County (5-2)
  8. New Hope (7-4)
  9. Pisgah (7-1)
  10. T.R. Miller (6-2)

Others nominated: Colbert County (5-3), Hale County (5-3), Hanceville (6-6), Opp (7-4), Piedmont (6-4), Westbrook Christian (6-6), Wicksburg (8-5)

Class 2A

  1. Mobile Christian (8-3)
  2. Fayetteville (16-2)
  3. Houston Academy (15-5)
  4. Mars Hill Bible (6-4)
  5. G.W. Long (12-5)
  6. Sweet Water (10-4)
  7. St. Luke’s (7-4)
  8. Fyffe (6-4)
  9. Providence Christian (14-5)
  10. Highland Home (9-2)

Others nominated: Cleveland (4-5), Collinsville (6-5), Red Bay (8-5), Thorsby (8-7)


  1. Decatur Heritage (7-2)
  2. Athens Bible (10-2)
  3. Shoals Christian (2-8)
  4. Brantley (11-2)
  5. Coosa Christian (13-1)
  6. Maplesville (10-2)
  7. Lynn (7-1)
  8. J.U. Blacksher (7-7)
  9. Vina (8-1)
  10. Cedar Bluff (5-8)

Others nominated: Covenant Christian (3-0), Gaylesville (7-6), Hackleburg (7-5), Isabella (4-4-1).


  1. Glenwood (16-0)
  2. Edgewood (18-3)
  3. Autauga Academy (16-5)
  4. Monroe Academy (16-4)
  5. Marengo Academy (9-1)
  6. Abbeville Christian (19-7)
  7. Northside Methodist (16-6)
  8. Tuscaloosa Academy (8-10)
  9. Clarke Prep (7-4-1)
  10. Macon-East (14-6)

Others nominated: Cornerstone Christian (10-5), Jackson Academy (11-8), Pickens Academy (6-1)


Sweet Water softball wins pair in weekend tourney

Sweet Water (7-4) took two of its five games against stiff competition at the Trojan Classic Tournament.

Holtville 1, Sweet Water 0

Sweet Water opened play Friday with a 1-0 loss to Holtville that saw the lone run of the contest come in the bottom of the fourth inning. The loss came despite a dominant complete game effort from Emily Black that saw her strike out six and scatter five hits over five innings of work. Black was bested only by Kaylyn Dismukes, who fanned 12 batters over five innings and surrendered just one hit in the game.

That hit went to Sara Irvin, who also stole a base in the game.

Prattville 5, Sweet Water 3

Sweet Water took its second loss of the weekend during an 8:40 a.m. start Saturday when it fell to Class 7A Prattville 5-3.

Locked in a 2-2 tie, the Lady Lions scored three runs in the top of the seventh to move into position for the win. Sweet Water responded with just one run in the bottom of the seventh.

Thea Luker struck out six over seven innings, scattering four hits and three earned runs in the game.

Irvin and Victoria Washington each scored a run while Emily Black went 1-for-2. Bailey Brunson finished 1-for-3 with one RBI. Charlie Sturdivant scored and stole a base. Peyton Singley and Kamae Retic each drove in a run.

Sweet Water 16, Highland Home 1

The Lady Bulldogs followed with an offensive explosion in which they scored in all four innings of a 16-1 thrashing of Highland Home.

Black worked one inning, striking out one and giving up no hits and exiting with a 9-0 lead. Irvin tossed three innings while striking out three and giving up just two hits and one run.

Sweet Water scored three runs in the first, six in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth. The Lady Bulldogs also tallied nine stolen bases in the game with Kayla Marshall swiping three and Washington taking two. Brunson, Irvin, Black and Kora Myers each stole a base.

Irvin went 2-for-4 with two runs while Washington was 1-for-1 with three runs scored. Lara Little finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. Black was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Retic finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four driven in.

Sturdivant finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Brunson was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Myers scored a run. Marshall went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Haley Glass was 1-for-1 with two RBIs.

Sweet Water 6, Thomasville 4

The Lady Bulldogs moved on to pick up a 6-4 win over Thomasville. All of the Lady Tiger offense came in the bottom of the fifth but Black proved able to slam the door and preserve the victory. She threw five innings, striking out three and giving up two earned runs in the game.

Sweet Water proved adept on the base paths again, sealing eight bags in the game. Little and Washington each swiped two while Singley, Irvin, Washington and Black stole one apiece.

Irvin went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Black and Singley each scored a run. Little drove in a run. Brunson was 1-for-3 while Sturdivant was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Retic finished 1-for-2 while Washington was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.

Prattville 12, Sweet Water 2

Prattville overpowered Sweet Water in the final game of the weekend, scoring in every inning for a 12-2 victory.

The Lady Bulldogs scored their only runs of the game in the top of the third inning. Irvin went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Black finished with one RBI. Little was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Retic finished 1-for-2. Marshall drove in a run while Washington finished 1-for-1 with a run scored.

Sweet Water returns to the field Monday at Thomasville.

Black fans 10 in Lady Bulldog win

Sweet Water’s Emily Black was almost untouchable Monday in a 3-0 win over Choctaw County. Black tossed a complete game shutout, holding the Tigers to three hits and one walk while striking out 10 in the effort.

Despite her pitching dominance, Black still saw her team scuffling through a scoreless tie until the the Sweet Water offense scratched three runs together. Bailey Brunson doubled to center to score Kamae Retic and Emily Black, putting the Lady Bulldogs up 2-0. Charlie Sturdivant then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Brunson and give Black some breathing room for the game’s final six outs.

Choctaw County threatened in the home half of the seventh when it loaded the bases before Black shut the door for the win.

Retic went 3-for-4 with a run scored out of the Lady Bulldogs’ leadoff spot. Black finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Brunson was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Sara Irvin went 2-for-3 with a triple while Sturdivant drove in a run.

Sweet Water is set to play at Demopolis Tuesday.

Lady Bulldogs hold off Thomasville for 1-0 win

Sweet Water scored its lone run of the game in the third inning Thursday, but gave Emily Black enough run support to anchor a 1-0 victory over Thomasville.

Lara Little singled home Kayla Marshall, who walked to start the inning, to account for all of the Lady Bulldog offense in the contest.

Black scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six for the complete game win.

Peyton Singley, Sara Irvin and Victoria Washington each finished 1-for-2 while Kamae Retic and Little went 1-for-3 in the win.

The result set Sweet Water at 3-0 on the young season following a 9-1 win over Jackson and an 11-1 win over Millry.

Sweet Water is set to visit Choctaw County Monday before traveling to Demopolis Tuesday.