Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography
MONTGOMERY — On a soggy night in Montgomery, the AISA’s top softballers laced up their spikes for one final fling. The league’s leading juniors and seniors – as voted by the Alabama Independent School Association Coaches – were split into two squads (American and National) and battled it out in a Juniors game and a Seniors game. The games – which was heavy on both competition and humor – saw the American Juniors win the opener and the National Seniors win the nightcap. While it served as one last fling for the student-athletes, it was also a great experience for the coaches.
“Coaching in an All-Star game is an honor,” said Elise McIntyre, coach of the Hooper Academy Lady Colts and on Tuesday night, the National Juniors and the American Seniors. “You get to coach not only your athletes again,but you get to coach and talk with all the other amazing athletes as well that you wouldn’t normally get to talk to. The All-star game is extremely laid back, and we get to have fun in a different kind of way.”
In the opener, the American Juniors (with players from Glenwood School, Patrician, Jackson, Chambers, Edgewood, Southern, Lakeside School and Abbeville Christian) defeated National Juniors (Clarke Prep, Hooper, Pike Liberal, South Choctaw, Springwood, Fort Dale, Autauga, Meadowview Christian and Russell Christian) 4-3.
Perdue and Brown coached the Junior Americans together and then were in opposing dugouts for the Seniors Game.
In the senior game, The National Team (Pike Liberal, Lowndes, Lee-Scott, Macon East, Monroe, Southern, Pickens and Glenwood) defeated the American Team (Edgewood, South Choctaw, Bessemer, Chambers, Coosa Valley, Autauga, Jackson and Hooper).
More than just the high schools represented – the rosters (both of them) – the senior game served as a showcase of things to come as a litany of college commitments were on the diamond representing AUM, Troy University, Central Alabama Community College and a host of others.
When the final out was made, that capped the AISA season.
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