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Coverage Community softballers shine during AHSAA All-Star Week

Story by Griffin Pritchard | publisher

Photos by Brian Tannehill  | Directory of Photography

MONTGOMERY – Area high school softballers from in and around the Coverage Community gathered Wednesday night for an AHSAA doubleheader. The event featured an extra-inning opener and a very competitive nightcap.

“It’s a great experience, especially having the opportunity to play with kids that are committed to much bigger schools,” said Elmore County High’s Aubrey Allen. “It definitely gives you a little taste of what it’s going to be like playing at the next level.”

Aubrey Allen is joined by teammates from across the state:

  • Chloe Baynes                                                                             Tallassee
  • Marlie Giles (MVP of the doubleheader)                           Chilton County
  • Cat Henson                                                                                Beauregard
  • Taylor Harris                                                                               Benjamin Russell
  • Belle Haynes                                                                              Tallassee
  • McKinnon Howard                                                                     Central – Phenix City
  • Emily Russell                                                                               LAMP
  • Hannah Weishaar                                                                       Spanish Fort
  • Kristen White                                                                             Central – Phenix City

Giles added: “It was extremely fun. We got here (to Montgomery) early this morning and had an opportunity to start practicing and getting to know the girls and then when we went to lunch, we’d try to bond with them. Our team, I don’t know about the North, hit it off like we’d known each other forever. There are about 10 or so girls on this team that I’d heard of but never had the chance to meet until today.”

Where softball differs from other sports is in the offseason. Student-Athletes play travel ball, a sport that is transient in nature as rosters are fluid and the athlete isn’t locked to a location. That helps create friendships and also teaches the girls to make friends quickly.”

Allen: “It’s a good thing that when I got here I knew a lot of people from playing travelball with them. Then I got to meet some new people that I’ll be playing against when school ball starts. But it’s awesome to get out here and compete against new people.”

Newly christened Prattville High softball coach Brian Pittman was also on the roster serving as coach along with Nathan Rainey (Wicksburg) and Susan Barnes (Elbe).

While All-Star events are designed to bring together the state’s best and brightest, the doubleheader proved a competitive sweep by the north winning 11-8 in eight innings to kickoff the doubleheader and then 6-1 in the nightcap.

Giles put forth a herculean effort in the afternoon half of the twinbill, accounting for eight of South’s nine runs with a three-run homer and a Grandy in the first game and then a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the second game.

Belle Haynes poked a solo shot over the chain link fence to knot the game 8-9 in the bottom of the sixth. The North Stars rattled off three runs in the ninth to capture the win. In the second game, the North used four pitchers to stymie South batters and limit them to just three hits.

The AHSAA All-Star Sports Week concludes its North-South competition Thursday with the North-South Volleyball match at Cramton Bowl’s MultiPlex at 4 p.m. The NFHS Network will be livestreaming Friday’s AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon on Friday and the Coaches Championship Banquet Friday night. The Summer Conference continues with its coaching school and administrative instruction Thursday and Friday.

North-South Series All-Time Results

Softball (at Lagoon Park)

Game 1: North 11, South 8 (8 innings)

Game 2: North 6, South 1 (North leads series 27-23-3)

Cross Country (Gateway Park)

Girls: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (North leads series 2-1)

Boys: Wednesday, 6 p.m. (North leads series 2-1)

Soccer (at Emory Folmar Soccer Complex, AUM)

Girls: Wednesday, 5 p.m. (North leads series 15-3-1)

Boys: Wednesday, 7 p.m. (North leads series 12-4-1)

Volleyball (at Cramton Bowl MultiPlex)

Best 2-of-3 Match, Thursday, 4 p.m. (North leads series 14-8)

Tennis (at Lagoon Park)

Girls: North 6, South 3 (North leads series 2-0)

Boys: North 7, South 2 (North leads series 2-0)

Basketball (Cramton Bowl MultiPlex)

Girls:  North 66, South 61 (North leads series 21-3)

Boys: North 93, South 85 (North leads series 49-29)

Baseball (Riverwalk Stadium – Monday)

South 7-3, North 6-3, game 2 ended in a tie (North leads series 23-15-2)

Golf (Arrowhead Country Club – Monday)

Boys: North 20, South 10 (North leads series 2-0)

Girls: South 19.5, North 16.5 (Teams are even 1-1)

To Purchase any of the photos from All Star Week please visit AHSAA Photos

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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