P: Colton Pate
Jr., 6-1, Lincoln
Noteworthy: Pate led the Golden Bears with a 1.48 ERA and also struck out 83
batters. At the plate, he hit .310.
P: Spencer Gibbs
Jr., 5-9, Ranburne
Noteworthy: Gibbs led the Bulldogs on the mound with a perfect 9-0 record
and a 0.79 ERA. The junior also struck out 56 batters in 53 1/3 innings. He
played third base as well.
P: Grant Benefield
Jr., 5-10, Spring Garden
Noteworthy: Benefield led Spring Garden with a 2.01 ERA and 70 strikeouts as
the Panthers made the Class 1A playoffs. The senior also hit .346 with 42
runs, 36 RBIs and a .507 on-base percentage.
C: Clayton Young
Sr., 5-10, Ranburne
Noteworthy: Young led the Bulldogs in nearly every offensive category,
including a .465 batting average and .565 on-base percentage. The senior hit
six doubles and three home runs while driving in 27 runs.
INF: Jared Edwards
Sr., 6-0, Ranburne
Noteworthy: Edwards hit .366 for the Bulldogs, which made it to the
quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs. The senior drove in 19 runs and
scored 32 times. He also won nine games on the mound with a 1.34 ERA.
INF: Brad Benefield
Sr., 6-0, Randolph County
Noteworthy: Benefield led the team with a .507 on-base percentage while
hitting .346. The senior hit seven doubles and recorded 42 runs and 36 RBIs
on 36 hits.
INF: Brady Padgett
So., 6-0, Cleburne County
Noteworthy: Padgett led the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A
playoffs with a .467 batting average and .621 on-base percentage. The
sophomore also had a 6-0 pitcher record with a 3.07 ERA.
INF: Lance Daniel
Sr., 6-1, Randolph County
Noteworthy: Daniel played a large role for the Tigers, hitting .346 with a
team-high 37 hits. The senior hit 13 doubles and recorded 33 runs and 34
OF: Mark David Smith
Jr., 5-11, Ranburne
Noteworthy: Smith hit .391 with 34 hits for the Bulldogs. A North-South
All-Star selection, he also scored 29 runs and had 22 RBIs.
OF: Clay Upchurch
Sr., 5-8, Munford
Noteworthy: Upchurch put on a show for the Tigers, hitting .571 with 28
RBIs. The senior also reached base safely 28 straight at-bats at one point
during the season.
OF: Tanner Johnson
Sr., 6-4, Cherokee County
Noteworthy: Johnson led the Warriors at the plate, hitting .371. The junior
recorded 11 runs and six RBIs.
UTIL: Logan Sims
Sr., 6-0, Lincoln
Noteworthy: Sims led the Golden Bears with a .567 on-base percentage, while
hitting .295. The senior scored 18 times and only made one error throughout
DH: Blake Haynie
Sr., 5-11, Munford
Noteworthy: Haynie provided a good season for the Tigers at the plate,
batting .487. The senior hit two home runs and recorded 22 RBIs.
Randolph County -- Colton Lovvern; Woodland -- Jon Wes Adcock; Spring Garden -- Will Ivey, Will Penton; Cherokee County -- Logan Pierce, Zach Bedwell.