Bears’ Senior Captures AHSAA Softball Spotlight
MONTGOMERY – Lincoln High School senior Christavia Curry reached perfection as a lead-off hitter for the Bears at the Gulf Coast Classic softball tournament last week. She tied an AHSAA state record by reaching base safely on 18 straight plate appearances as Lincoln, coached by Chad Mullinax, rolled to a 4-2 record in the tourney.
The incredible batting performance propelled the senior who has signed already to play collegiately at the University of Montevallo into the AHSAA Softball Spotlight for this week. She tied the record (18) set by Chandler Dare of American Christian in 2013. She had 15 hits and three walks during the streak, scored 11 runs, had seven RBIs and was 6-of-6 on stolen bases.
“This was an amazing three days for this kid,” said Mullinax. “Setting these kinds of records don’t happen every day.” He said her lead-off role is essential to Lincoln’s success. “When your lead-off batter gets on in softball, they usually find a way to come around and score,” he said. “Getting an early lead is always big.” The Class 4A Bears emerged from the Gulf Coast Classic (25-12).
Curry has a .535 batting average with 53 hits in 98 at bats on the season. She also has 18 RBIs and owns a 20-of-23 success rate in stolen bases. Her 15 hits in a row in “official at bats” is also An AHSAA record (not counting walks). The record for hits in a row in plate appearances (14) was established by Krista Mayes of Three Springs in 2002. Moody’s Sid Wagon had 13 in a row in 2013.
Curry’s incredible streak was as follows: She was 3-for-3 in a 7-2 win over Slocomb; 3-for-3 in a 3-1 win over Lawrence County; walked in her first at bat and then had two straight hit in a 7-4 loss to Normal West (IL); was 3-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Sullivan East (TN); walked in her first at bat and then had two hits in a 12-7 win over Glenbrook (IL); and closed the week with two hits before drawing a walk in her final at bat in a 5-2 loss to John Carroll. The streak ended with a ground out in her first at bat against Springville last Monday.
Other top performances and milestones submitted include:
ACA’s GOODMAN, PITTMAN REACH MILESTONES: Alabama Christian Academy ace pitcher and University of Florida commitment Haley Pittman hurled a 1-0 shutout win over Geneva in the Sidney Cooper Invitational Tourney earlier this season to present Eagles head coach Chris Goodman with his 500th career softball win – all at ACA. Goodman has a 513-180 record since taking over the Eagles’ softball program in 2007. His teams have won two Class 4A state championships and have finished runner-up three times. The 2017 team was 58-7.
Pittman, a junior, registered the 1,000th strikeout of her outstanding pitching career last week. She is 15-5 this season for the Eagles (17-7) with a 0.87 ERA with 197 strikeouts in just 97 innings. In last week’s action she hurled a four-inning no-hitter and struck out 10 to beat Jeff Davis 9-0; list a 2-1 decision to G.W. Long with seven strikeouts and just three hits allowed; beat Andalusia 9-0 with nine strikeouts over four innings; hurled a five-inning one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to beat Trinity 14-0; and hurled a seven-inning perfect game striking out 13 of 21 batters she faced in a 5-0 area win over Montgomery-Catholic. Pittman finished 4-1 for the week with 25 innings pitched, five hits allowed, one earned run and 50 strikeouts.
Goodman has also served as head baseball coach, girls’ and boys’ basketball at times during his tenure. His baseball teams compiled a 389-192 record, his boys’ basketball team were 216-168, and girls’ basketball teams, 225-93. His overall record in all sports is 1,343-633.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES
LIBBY BAKER, G.W, LONG: The senior tossed a perfect game in a five-inning 10-0 win over Providence Christian. She struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced for the Rebels (19-0).
McKENZIE NEWCOMB, HAZEL GREEN: Was 5-0 for the week with 48 strikeouts, one walk and only 16 hits allowed and compiled a 0.88 ERA competing in the Upper Cumberland (TN) Classic tourney. The Trojans finished 5-1. Newcomb also hit two of Hazel Green’s six homers collected during the tourney.
MONTANNA MASHBURN, WEST END: Slugged three doubles in a 14-4 win over Southeastern as the Patriots clinched a share of the Class 2A, Area 10 regular season title. She also drove in three runs.
AINSLEY LAMBERT, SPANISH FORT: Hurled a no-hitter and struck out five to beat Satsuma in the finals of the Pat Hicks Classic softball tourney and also struck out 10 to beat McGill-Toolen 4-1 in the semifinals. She socked two two-run homers to account for all four Toros runs and had three hits versus Satsuma in the championship game.
KATHRYN FALLEN, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Was 8-of-15 batting for the week with 13 runs batted in as the Panthers went 4-1 earned co-champion honors with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the tourney cut short by inclement weather. Teammate Landyn McAnnally fired a no-hitter and struck out 14 in a regular-season win over Montgomery Catholic.
KIRSTEN STROUD, PIKE ROAD: Was 7-of-8 in two wins for Pike Road. The Patriots beat Lee-Montgomery 11-0 and Brewbaker Tech 11-6.
MAKAYLA MILLER, LAUDERDALE COUNTY: Pitched a five-inning no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Clements 12-0. She struck out six and did not walk a batter and had a double, scored three runs and collected four RBIs. Morgan White added a home run to highlight an eight-run first inning.
EMMA HOUSTON, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had two hits, including a grand-slam home run, and finished with five RBIS as PCA downed Houston Academy 13-0.
EMILY SIMON, JAMES CLEMENS: Had a home run and three RBIs in a 7-6 win over Plainview. She hurled a three-hitter and struck out 12 in the game. She also struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Athens.
ELISE WALKER, MAE JEMISON: Slugged three doubles and drove in five runs in a 19-8 win over Lee-Huntsville and also had a homer and double for three RBIs in a 14-6 loss to Randolph.
KRISTY FINLEY, NEW HOPE: Had a triple and collected three RBIs in a 15-1 win over Vinemont and added a two-run homer in s 5-4 loss to Brewer.
HYLAN HIGDON, GLENCOE: Pitched a 5-2 win over the Blue Devils allowing two hits and striking out 12.
JOANNA VEGA, RANDOLPH: The pitcher had a triple and single and four RBIs in the Raiders’ 11-4 win over Lee-Huntsville and drove in two runs in a 14-6 win over Mae Jemison.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 3, 2019) — Rules related to minimizing risk of injury to dance and cheer team members are among 29 rules revisions for the 2019-20 high school spirit season.
The rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“We’re trying to create a safer environment for activities to occur in cheer and dance and make the rules book as clear as possible,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and liaison to the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee.
Rule 3-3-3 was changed to make it consistent with other braced inversion rules. It now allows for the inverted person to be caught by new catchers as long as the new catchers remain close to the original bases, are in place before initiation of the inversion, and do not pose increased safety risk to the top person.
Rule 3-3-5 was changed to allow a braced front flip to be performed just as it is on the ground while using one bracer behind the top person holding both hands. Both of the top person’s hands/arms must be in continuous contact with a bracer and the bracer must be in a multi-base prep with a spotter. The top person must be to the side or in front of the bracer, and only one bracer is necessary. This allows similar visuals for smaller teams and removes the need for an additional bracer to hold the wrist of the top person.
Another change related to inversions was made to Rule 3-3-6, which now restricts releasing from an inversion with a stunt that has twists at any level, even in the presence of a spotter. Previously, inversions could release with a stunt at prep level or below.
“This change affects how someone moves from upside down. This change is significant because of risks [associated with twists],” Weaver said.
Rule 2-1-5 now states that props made of hard material or sharp edges cannot be released by a top person and must be placed by someone on the ground. This reduces risk of injury from falling props.
In other changes, Rule 3-5-5 was revised to clarify the intent of the rule and better describe the connection between the bracer and the top person. Rule 4-3-3 was also changed to clarify that as long as someone is gripping, it is not important whether it is the top person or the bracer.
A complete list of spirit rules changes is located on the spirit page of the NFHS website, www.nfhs.org, under “Activities and Sports.”
According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, competitive spirit is the ninth-most popular sport for girls with 162,669 participants in 6,877 schools around the country.
This press release was written by Kirsten Adair, an intern at the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50-member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org.
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