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Super 22 Deuces

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography and CAScoreboard community members

It’s a sign of accomplishment for parents. For the student-athletes it’s a measuring stick of how they rank amongst their peers. When we started the website, we knew that softball was going to be our first full season to cover and the way we treated it would dictate the way we approach coverage going forward. We wanted to create two lists to celebrate the work of student-athletes on different levels. The first we rolled out was the LEADERSHIP 11 (https://centralalabamascoreboard.com/2021/03/24/scoreboard-11-recognizing-leaders-in-and-out-of-the-box/) which recognized the work done off the field of play. What do you do to better your school, team or community and it was well-received. This list, though, the SUPER 22 focuses on what accomplishments have been made on the diamond and as we move forward it will be adjusted to accomplishments on the Gridiron or the Court (be it Volleyball or Basketball) or the Mat (yes wrestling coaches – we are going to publish a Top 22 grappler list in 2022). 

Having learned better ways to communicate with our more than 30 schools that are within the CAScoreboard Coverage Community – we reached out via email and through text message asking them to nominate the best and brightest from their bunch of softballers and we were actually overwhelmed with the response. Of the 34 high schools across the AHSAA, AISA and HomeSchool that we cover we had more than 20 respond and nominate more than 60 of their softballers. We had some coaches that we didn’t even know follow us, nominate players – which is fantastic and also gives us another opportunity to promote student-athletes who otherwise may go unnoticed. This was a tough list to put together as, again, more than 60 players were nominated. With the help of the Board of Directors, we sifted through – ranked, re-ranked and ranked again, walked away from the table and then came back to the CAScoreboard Central Office – to determine who we (and the spreadsheet) feel are some of the best players in the Central Alabama Scoreboard Coverage Community. 

We hope you enjoy reading it. We encourage you to share it, tweet about it and look for it to appear in print later this summer as we are planning on publishing the first CAScoreboard Softball Mag.

We’ve got a few other surprises in store as well. 

Thank you for supporting and believing in what we do 

— Grif & Brian | CentralAlabamaScoreboard.com Founding Fathers.

THE 2021 SUPER SOFTBALL 22 LIST

1. Ainsley Lambert – Senior | Spanish Fort | Pitcher | Oregon State

COACH SPEAK: Lauren Stewart: “Ainsley is a competitive player who plays a large role for us in the circle and at the plate. She is an Oregon State commit and a senior leader who pushes us to accomplish our set goals for 2021.

2. Taylor McKinney – Senior | Macon East | Infield/Pitcher | Troy University

COACH SPEAK (Glynn Lott): “Taylor is the best pure athlete I have ever had the pleasure to coach. Her knowledge of the game and work ethic is second to none and is a leader by example for her team.”

3. Landyn McAnally – Senior | Prattville Christian | Pitcher | Chipola College (Florida)

COACH SPEAK (Randy Stough): “Landyn has worked very hard to have a great season this year. She had tendinitis in her arm last fall and then broke her ankle in November. She has recovered well and has led our team all season.”

4. Kristen White – Junior | Central Phenix City | Centerfield

COACH SPEAK (Mitchell Holt): “One of the very best in the state. There isn’t anything she can’t do on the field. North/South Rep. Being recruited by Alabama.”

5. Caitlin Russell – Junior | LAMP | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Tony Norris): “Catlin is the best batter I have ever coached. She is in the top three pitchers to ever come through LAMP as well. All this while attending the #1 Academic Public school in the state, 14th ranked school in all the nation academically! Hard working young Lady!”

6. Alanna Aiken – Senior | Montgomery Catholic | Shortstop | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Whitney Toole): “Athletes like Alanna don’t come around very often. She could play anywhere on the field and be naturally good at it. She knows the game of softball so well and doesn’t hesitate to put the team on her back if needed. She’s been a huge part of this softball program for the last 5 years and I have no doubt she will be at the top of the record books for Catholic softball.

7. Lexi Love – Senior | Tallassee | Catcher | Chattanooga State

COACH SPEAK (Pat Love): One of the best catchers in the state. Has a 1.7 pop time. She has not given up many stolen bases all year. Only had 5 passed balls in 184 innings. Great leader on and off the field. Hardly ever gets pitched to. Has been intentionally walked a ton this year.

8. Rose Costanza – Senior | Alabama Christian | Third Base & Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Chris Goodman):  “Maybe the best third baseman we have ever had at ACA. She had to step in and be our No. 1 pitcher this season leading us to a Final 4. Such a smart player and a great team leader.”

9. Aubrey Allen – Junior | Elmore County | Pitcher | University of Montevallo (Verbal)

COACH SPEAK (Mark Segrest): “Aubrey has been a 2-year starter at Elmore County High School. She is a Montevallo commit and was All-State her sophomore year. She has been the lynchpin on the mound for Elmore County as they have compiled a 54-15 record over the last 2 seasons. She has led the team to a #1 4A ranking last season before the shutdown and currently stands as the #3 ranked 5A team. Aubrey volunteers her time at the hospital, mentors young pitchers, and volunteers at the local YMCA”.

10. Jenna Castleberry  – Senior | Coosa Valley Academy | Shortstop & Pitcher | Central Alabama CC

COACH SPEAK (Stoney Wesson): “Hard hitter, strong pitcher. Good kid, signed with CACC to play softball at the next level.”

11. Chloe “CoCo” Baynes – Junior | Tallassee | Centerfield

COACH SPEAK (Pat Love): “Best outfielder around. She’s very fast and can cover a ton of ground. Great lead off batter and great base runner with great instincts. Great teammate.”

12. Marlie Giles – Junior | Chilton County | Shortstop & Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Johnny Giles): “Mar has been a spark plug for us all year. Battling a bruised knee all year she has had to play multiple positions including missing 5 or 6 games. She leads through her grit and energy.”

13. Gabbie York – Sophomore | Brewbaker Tech | Shortstop

COACH SPEAK (Brian Pittman): “Gabbie is a do it all athlete that can hit for power and also has the ability to steal a base as well. She had an unbelievable season batting leadoff for us and playing shortstop as a 10th grader. Future is bright for her.”

14. Maggie Mitchell – Senior | Marbury | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Jason Easterling): “To be successful in our game you have to have a bulldog in the circle, and Maggie has been ours. Every time she steps into the circle you expect to see something great. She doesn’t get rattled and takes care of business.”

15. Ashlynn Campbell – Sophomore | Wetumpka | Shortstop

COACH SPEAK (Darryl Otwell): “Ashlynn has all the tools. Solid defense, great soft and power slap game, high base running IQ.”

16. McKay Yountz – Sophomore | Opelika | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Randy Belyeu): “McKay is a competitor that sometimes tries to do too much. When she’s relaxed- she’s tough to beat.”

17. Macey Pierce – 8th Grade | Chilton County | Catcher & Shortstop 

COACH SPEAK (Johnny Giles): “This kid is a coach’s dream. Absolutely loves the game and can literally play any position on the field very well except pitching. Offensively she has been huge for us in the lead off spot. Coaches always ask if this kid is really an 8th grader and I say yep!”

18. Linda Hill –  Senior | Trinity Presbyterian | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Stan Milton): “Linda is a huge part of our team offensively and defensively. She leads by example on the field and off. Linda will be missed next year!”

19. Bella Studdard – Junior | Reeltown | Pitcher & First Base

COACH SPEAK (Kelli Hilyer): “Bella Studdard is a two-sport athlete at Reeltown High School. Her dedication on the field, on the court, and in the classroom is top-notch. She is President of FCA at Reeltown, serves her community through the Church of the Highlands Serve Group, and is a member of Junior Lake Martin Leadership.”

20. Madison McDonald – Senior | Beauregard | Pitcher & Shortstop | Chattahoochee Valley CC

COACH SPEAK (Scott Meadows): “Signed a Softball scholarship with CVCC, 4.0 GPA and Class Rank of 4/136. A member of NHS, Student Council, Math Team, FCA Leadership, Key Club, Spanish Club, Belles and Beaus and Diamond Darlins. Volunteers for numerous things to help others including the Tornado cleanup and relief in March 2019. Mac is a great teammate and a hard worker and does not settle for average at anything she does…. We will certainly miss her!”

22. Lindsey Burnett – Junior | Thorsby | Pitcher

COACH SPEAK (Rachel Argent): “Lindsey is a worker on the field. She knows the game. Lindsey plays short when she isn’t pitching.”

22. Harleigh Anderson – Senior | Edgewood | Pitcher & First Base | Marion Military Institute

COACH SPEAK (Kim Brown): “Harleigh has been a rock for us in the circle this season.  She has pitched 3/4’s of our innings played and done a tremendous job for us in the circle.  Our defense is stronger & more confident with Harleigh in the circle & her pitching will definitely be missed next year.  Harleigh is furthering her education & softball career at Marion Military Institute.”

The Next Generation List
The student-athletes on this list may not be quite old enough to have a learner’s permit, but they have played significant varsity minutes and had key moments that resulted in victories. They are the Next Generation of student athletes and will only get better with age and experience on the diamond. 

  1. Macey Pierce – 8th Grade – Chilton County
  2. Izzy Warrick – 8th Grade – Alabama Christian
  3. Gerritt Griggs – 8th Grade – Central-Phenix City
  4. Tyeisha Williams – 9th Grade – Chilton County
  5. Emily Needham – 7th Grade – St. James
  6. Macie Knox – 8th Grade – Benjamin Russell 
  7. Makinley Turner – 9th Grade – Thorsby
  8. Reagan Taylor – 9th Grade – Horseshoe Bend
  9. Lindsey Brown – 9th Grade – Edgewood
  10. Bria Allen – 9th Grade – Central-Phenix City
  11. Ella Watson – 9th Grade – Wetumpka 

The Movin’ On Up List
These student athletes have fulfilled their commitment to their respective high schools and have signed (or in some cases committed) to play softball on the collegiate level. 

  1. Ainsley Lambert – Oregon State
  2. Romona McLeod – Chattanooga State
  3. Aubrey Allen – Montevallo (Verbal)
  4. Madison Britt – Wallace-Dothan CC
  5. Landyn McAnnally – Chipola College
  6. Asia Brown – Texas College
  7. Carmen Lovett – CACC
  8. Jenna Castleberry – CACC
  9. Ebone Pierson – Wallace-Dothan CC
  10. Samantha Melton – CACC
  11. Kirsten Stroud – Miles College
  12. Jaliyah Brown – Miles College
  13. Makenzie Norton – Georgia Southwestern State University
  14. Brooke Burkett – Chattahoochee Valley CC
  15. Alexus Milford – Stillman College
  16. Mallory Hildebrand – Carson Newman (Verbal)
  17. Maci Curlee Wallace – Dothan CC
  18. Katie Morris – University of West Georgia (Verbal)
  19. Kenzie Hornsby – LaGrange College
  20. Bentley BreAnne Baker – Southern Union CC
  21. Harleigh Anderson – Marion Military Industry
  22. Haylee Brown – AUM
  23. Faith Wheat – AUM
  24. Taylor McKinney – Troy
  25. Devyn Debardelaben – Shelton State CC
  26. Kaden Ward – Florida State College
  27. Mikayla Williams – Chattahoochee Valley CC
  28. Madison McDonald – Chattahoochee Valley CC
  29. Taylor Yeager – UAB
  30. Lindsey Smith – UAB
  31. Lexi Love – Chattanooga State

The You Dropped the Bomb on Me List
Everyone on this list brings power to the plate and can hit the ball a ton. They step in the box and swing for the fences. 

  1. Taylor McKinney 12th Grade – Macon East 18 
  2. Marlie Giles 11th Grade – Chilton County 16
  3. Alanna Aiken 11th Grade – Montgomery Catholic 14
  4. Lexi Love 12th Grade – Tallassee 13 
  5. Macey Pierce 8th Grade –  Chilton County 12
  6. Tye’Isha Williams 9th Grade – Chilton County 12
  7. Bria Allen 9th Grade – Central PC 10
  8. Gabbie York 10th Grade – Brew Tech 8
  9. Avary Lumpkin 11th Grade – Tallassee 8
  10. Taniyah Brown 10th Grade – Brew Tech 6

Honorable Mention

  1. Brooke Milliner – Horseshoe Bend
  2. Sarah Williams – Prattville Christian
  3. McKenzie Wilson – Brew Tech
  4. Madison Britt – Elmore County

The You Can’t Touch This List
The Queens of the Chalked Circle make their living collecting strikeouts and refusing to give up runs. Some of them are speedballers and just blow it by the batters others are crafty and make the ball move like it’s on a string as they baffle batters. This list celebrates the student-athletes who either have a high K Count or an astonishing low Earned Run Average or both. 

  1. Ainsley Lambert 12th Grade – Spanish Fort 274 Strikeouts / 0.77 ERA
  2. Landyn McAnally 12th Grade – Prattville Christian 174 Strikeouts / 0.76 ERA
  3. Caitlin Russell 11th Grade – LAMP 225 Strikeouts / 1.22 ERA
  4. Aubrey Allen 11th Grade – Elmore County 206 Strikeouts / 1.48 ERA
  5. Maggie Mitchell 12th Grade – Marbury 190 Strikeouts / 2.13 ERA
  6. Emily Needham 7th Grade – St. James 113 Strikeouts / 2.10 ERA
  7. Harleigh Anderson 12th Grade – Edgewood 152 Strikeouts / 2.45 ERA
  8. McKay Yountz 10th Grade – Opelika 123 Strikeouts / 2.01 ERA
  9. Rose Costanza 12th Grade – Alabama Christian 148 Strikeouts / 2.79 ERA
  10. Alanna Aiken 11th Grade – Montgomery Catholic 73 Strikeouts / 2.08 ERA
  11. Madison McDonald 12th Grade – Beauregard 138 Strikeouts / 3.22 ERA

Honorable Mention

  1. Jen Castleberry  Coosa Valley Academy
  2. Ella Watson Wetumpka 
  3. Taylor Harris Benjamin Russell
  4. Chloe Davidson Tallassee

The Great Balls of Fire List
They bring the heat and make the mit sing. No matter where the pitch comes in, it sounds like a strike. These blink and you miss it fastballers light up radar guns. 

  1. Landyn McAnally – 12th Grade – Prattville Christian – 64 MPH
  2. Emily Needham – 7th – Grade St. James – 62 MPH
  3. Caitlin Russell – 11th Grade – LAMP – 62 MPH
  4. Ella Watson – 9th Grade – Wetumpka – 61 MPH
  5. Chloe Davidson – 11th Grade – Tallassee – 61 MPH
  6. Taniyah Brown – 10th Grade – Brew Tech – 61 MPH
  7. Maggie Mitchell – 12th Grade – Marbury – 61 MPH
  8. Aubrey Allen – 11th Grade – Elmore County – 61 MPH
  9. McKay Yountz – 10th Grade – Opelika – 60 MPH
  10. Romona McLeod – 12th Grade – Brew Tech – 59 MPH
  11. Madison McDonald – 12th Grade – Beauregard – 59 MPH

HONORABLE MENTION

  1. Rose Costanza Alabama Christian
  2. Emma Deason Chilton County

The Lisa Hernandez List of Top Hitters
Coaches crack a smile and breathe a sigh of relief because they know when these student-athletes step into the box, in a sport based on failure, the odds are ever in their favor. In crafting this list – we looked at the batting average / the on-base percentage / slugging percentages and ranked them based on those numbers.  

  1. Jen Castleberry – 12th Grade – Coosa Valley – .635 .721 1.33
  2. Taylor McKinney – 12th Grade – Macon East – .604 .697 1.248
  3. Linda Hill – 12th Grade – Trinity – .632 .612 .875
  4. Marlie Giles – 11th Grade – Chilton Co. – .560 .617 1.190
  5. Caitlin Russell – 11th Grade – LAMP – .536 .606 .975
  6. Kristen White – 11th Grade – Central PC – .598 .616 .795
  7. Bella Studdard – 11th Grade – Reeltown – .547 .594 .895
  8. Lindsey Burnett – 11th Grade – Thorsby – .536 .612 .875
  9. Carmen Lovett – 12th Grade – Coosa Valley – .536 .600 .893
  10. Cat Henson – 11th Grade – Beauregard – .479 .626 .775
  11. CoCo Baynes – 11th Grade – Tallassee – .570 .611 .676
  12. Macey Pierce – 8th Grade – Chilton Co. – .464 .514 .680
  13. Haley Ingram – 12th Grade – ACA – .520 .564 .680
  14. Ashlynn Campbell – 10th Grade – Wetumpka – .518 .572 .655
  15. Sara Vinson – 11th Grade – Marbury – .450 .554 .717
  16. Gabbie York – 10th Grade – Brew Tech – .434 .548 .596
  17. Alana Aiken – 12th Grade – Catholic – .413 .500 .946
  18. Sarah Williams – 10th Grade – PCA – .454 .490 .722
  19. Devyn Debardelaben – 12th Grade – Macon East – .423 .563 .677
  20. Belle Haynes – 11th Grade – Tallassee – .449 .527 .638
  21. Gerritt Griggs – 8th Grade – Central PC – .500 .548 .596
  22. Alexis Coker – 11th Grade – Hooper – .453 .482 .689

HONORABLE MENTION

  1. Lexi Love Tallassee
  2. Asia Brown Hooper 
  3. Izzy Warrick ACA
  4. Macie Knox Benjamin Russell
  5. Kenzie Hornsby Reeltown
  6. Kelbi Johnson Stanhope Elmore
  7. Kiara Childs Russell County
  8. Jersee Carter PCA

The Danielle Cox List of Base Stealers
You can’t coach speed. That’s something the student-athletes on this list might need to keep in mind as this bunch has collectively stolen around 500 bases. 

  1. Kristen White – 11th Grade – Central PC – 63 Stolen Bases
  2. CoCo Baynes – 11th Grade – Tallassee – 57 Stolen Bases
  3. Ashlynn Campbell – 10th Grade – Wetumpka – 46 Stolen Bases
  4. Faith Wheat – 12th Grade – Edgewood – 41 Stolen Bases
  5. Reagan Taylor – 9th Grade – Horseshoe Bend – 37 Stolen Bases
  6. Chloe Walden – 12th Grade – Catholic – 33 Stolen Bases
  7. HG Griggs – 12th Grade – St. James – 33 Stolen Bases
  8. Alana Aiken – 12th Grade – Catholic – 30 Stolen Bases
  9. Belle Haynes – 11th Grade – Tallassee – 28 Stolen Bases
  10. McKenzie Norton – 12th Grade – Catholic – 28 Stolen Bases
  11. Haley Ingram – 12th Grade – Alabama Christian – 25 Stolen Bases

HONORABLE MENTION

  1. Kelley Green Elmore County
  2. Jersee Carter Prattville Christian
  3. Haylee Brown Edgewood
  4. Marlie Giles Chilton
  5. Caitlin Russell LAMP

The Driving Force List of Run Producers
The ability to reach base and steal base are key elements to an offense’s success. But you need those big sticks that are going to barrel up a pitch and drive some run homes. 

  1. Lexi Love – 12th Grade – Tallassee – 71 RBIs
  2. Alana Aiken – 12th Grade – Montgomery Catholic – 70 RBIs
  3. Macey Pierce – 8th Grade – Chilton County – 59 RBIs
  4. Devyn Debardelaben – 12th Grade – Macon East – 52 RBIs
  5. Taylor McKinney – 12th Grade – Macon East – 47 RBIs
  6. Alexis Coker – 12th Grade – Hooper Academy – 42 RBIs
  7. Bella Studdard – 12th Grade – Reeltown – 42 RBIs
  8. Belle Haynes – 12th Grade – Tallassee – 40 RBIs
  9. Avary Lumpkin – 11th Grade – Tallassee – 40 RBIs
  10. Sarah Williams – 10th Grade – Prattville Christian – 38 RBIs
  11. BreAnn Morrison – 12th Grade – Macon East – 35 RBIs
  12. Carissa Gilbert – 12th Grade – Montgomery Catholic – 34 RBIs
  13. Jenna Castleberry – 12th Grade – Coosa Valley – 34 RBIs
  14. Mackenzie Wilson – 12th Grade – Brew Tech – 33 RBIs
  15. Landyn McAnnally – 12th Grade – Prattville Christian – 33 RBIs

HONORABLE MENTION:

  1. Lindsey Burnett Thorsby
  2. Kelbi Johnson Stanhope Elmore
  3. Sara Vinson Marbury
  4. Tyra Johnson Brew Tech
  5. MaKinley Turner Thorsby

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