AHSAA Baseball Spotlight
MONTGOMERY -- McGill-Toolen Catholic High School hurler Chandler Best registered the 30th win of his prep career with a five-inning one-hitter to beat Fairhope 10-0 and moved into the AHSAA Baseball Spotlight for this week in the process.
Best, a Southern Miss signee, is now 30-1 for his career and 5-0 on the season. He struck out nine and homered in Game 1 of the doubleheader sweep and teammate Nathan LaRue, an Auburn signee, homered to highlight the game two 3-1 win. Luke Williams and Spencer Hadley also homered in the first game for the Yellow Jackets. |
Best has 78 strikeouts in 44 innings this season with just 11 walks. He career totals after the win included 272 strikeouts in 202 inning pitched. His only loss was to Fairhope 2-1 last year.
“Chandler just exudes confidence on the mound,” McGill-Toolen head coach Tim Becker told Al.com reporter Ben Thomas. “The whole team plays with a different demeanor when he is out there, a different confidence. I think it kind of encourages him when those guys come out,” Becker said. “I think he likes it. But Chandler comes to pitch every day. He is focused and on every time he takes the mound. It is one of the things I really admire about him.”
In other highlights reported this week:
BRADY JAMES, OPP: Hurled a one-hitter and struck out five as the Bobcats downed Straughn 6-0. He faced just 23 batters in the seven-inning game as Opp (14-7) recorded its 10th straight win.
COLE CHEATHIAM, DANVILLE: Pitched his second no-hitter of the season as the Hawks blanked Priceville 50. He threw just 81 pitches, 50 for strikes, struck out nine and walked three.
WILLIAM THOMAS, NEW HOPE: Hurled a five-inning perfect game no-hitter as New Hope beat Brindlee Mountain 21-0. He faced just 15 batters and recorded 12 strikeouts. Teammate Dominic Banas allowed only one hit and whiffed 14 in a one-hit 13-0 shutout win in game two. He also had a triple and double and drove in four runs.
MICHAEL FOWLER, HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE: Tossed a one-hitter and struck out 13 to shut out Vestavia Hills.
A.J. CAUSEY, SPARKMAN: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter to beat Grissom 11-1. He struck out eight. Offensively, he slugged two home runs and finished with three hits overall.
DEVIN GOOCH, ROGERS: Tossed a complete-game 5-1 win to beat Central-Florence. He struck out 13. Ben Hartzog clubbed a triple to plate two runs and Remington Bradley doubled and had two RBIs for the Pirates.
HUNTER McGRIFF, HAZEL GREEN: Tossed a five-I inning no-hitter and whiffed13 as the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans beat Lee-Huntsville 15-0.
LUKE DANIEL, WILSON: Allowed no hits and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings as the Warriors downed Deshler 9-3. He walked eight. He also had two singles and two RBIs at the plate.
CADE ABERNATHY, ATHENS BBILE: Hurled a one-hit shutout to beat St. Bernard 13-0. He struck out 13 in the win.
RHETT LEMAY, PRICEVILLE: Pitched a two-hitter in Priceville’s 9-1 win over Danville, striking out 10.
GREYSON LAYTON, BRANTLEY: Had a home run, three RBIs and scored three runs in a 12-11 win over Class 5A Charles Henderson. The victory was the Bulldogs’ ninth in a row.
JORDAN WHITLOE, REELTOWN: Had six RBIs in a 23-1 win over Coosa Central – smashing two two-run doubles, an RBI single and sacrifice fly. The Rebels won game one of the doubleheader 5-3.
B.J. BRADAM, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators overcome a seven-run outburst in the top of the seventh inning by Grissom to take an 9-8 lead by slugging a game-ending grand slam homer in the bottom of the seventh to seal a 12-9 win.
GAVIN HOLDEN, ROGERS: Homered twice, including a grand slam, and totaled six RBIs in a 9-1 win over Lexington.
BRYANT RUSHING, LUVERNE: Had four hits, three runs scored and four RBIs as the Tigers downed Zion Chapel 17-1.
CAM HILL, BOB JONES: Was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and pitched six shutout innings to get the mound win in a 6-0 win over Austin in game one of a twinbill sweep. He added a home run, double and two walks and drove in four runs in game two’s 19-9 win.
DERRICK JACKSON, BUCKHORN: Poked a grand slam to lead the Bucks to a 14-0 win over Maw Jemison.
BRANTLEY HOLDEN, FLORENCE: Singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Falcons an 8-7 win over James Clemens in the second game of a double-header sweep over the Jets. He also had two hits and scored twice in a 5-3 win in game one. Teammate Zeke Bishop had a single and three RBIs for the big hit in a three-run fifth-inning rally.
PEYTON WILSON, HOOVER: Had nine hits, including two doubles and two triples, and also stole three bases in five games. He also had the game-winning hit to drive in the winning run in the eighth inning to lift the Bucs past Austin.
JAKE HOLIFIELD, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two hits and two RBIs as the Saints rallied in the top of the seventh inning to score twice to nip UMS-Wright 5-4. He also pitched the final inning to get the save.
BREYDON EMONDSON, THOMPSON: Collected nine hits in 15 at bats with two doubles, two home runs, three RBIs and five runs in five games.
CARTER SAMPLE, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a home run and drove in four runs in the Eagles’ 11-3 win over East Lawrence. He also picked up the mound win with six strikeouts over six innings.
JOHN ROBERT AUSTIN, HOLY SPIRIT CATHIOLIC: The junior slugged his first grand-slam home run and finished with five RBIS as the Titans beat South Lamar 13-3. The homer came in a nine-run first inning for Holy Spirit.
GARY WILLIAMS, AMERICAN CHRISTIAN: Had three hits and five RBIs in a 12-0 win over Northside.
JADEN PAGE, BUCKHORN: Collected three doubles to spark a 13-6 win over Deshler.
Jack Knight, Bayside Academy: Pitched a complete game, allowing one run over seven innings, as Bayside Academy defeated St. Michael 7-1 in Class 3A, Area 1 action. Knight allowed four hits and struck out five. He didn’t walk a batter. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI at the plate. In a 6-5, series-clinching win over St. Michael on Saturday, he had a two-out, two-run single to put his team ahead to stay. He also drew a pair of bases-loaded walks to finish with four RBIs.
Landon Mura, J.U. Blacksher: Pitched a shutout and struck out 17 in Game 1 of a doubleheader sweep of Elberta and homered in the second game. He was 3-for-5 at the plate for the day.
Trenton Brannan, Saraland: Hit a grand slam as the Spartans defeated Faith Academy 10-1 in the third game of their Class 6A, Area 1 championship series to claim the title. Brannan also had two hits and an RBI in a 7-3 Saraland win in Game 2 on Saturday.
Bryce Eddington, St. Luke’s: Earned three wins for the week with 11 innings pitched, 20 strikeouts, two walks and no runs allowed. Also went 11-of-20 at the plate with five doubles, seven RBIs and three stolen bases.
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