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ALL-STAR WEEK: Robertson earns MVP while North gets sweep

St. James' T.R. Robertson was named the South MVP after a solid performance in Tuesday's All-Star game. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 19, 2017)

His night started with a strikeout on three pitches.

And while the next at-bat didn’t come until the seventh inning, T.R. Robertson made the most of his night in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week baseball game, collecting a hit in his final two at-bats while playing error-free ball at four positions in the field to collect most valuable player honors for the South squad on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.


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ALL-STAR WEEK: Robertson ready for anything in North-South baseball

T.R. Robertson of St. James will play in Tuesday's All-Star game at Riverwalk Stadium. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 18, 2017)

T.R. Robertson should be prepared for whatever happens in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week baseball games that will be held Tuesday evening at Riverwalk Stadium.

Whether he’s asked to play outfield, infield or pitch, he’s done it before. In fact, in 2015, the Saint James junior played every position on the diamond except first base.


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Annual Southeastern Shootout baseball event begins today at Troy

Contributed
(June 26, 2017)

The second- annual Southeastern Underclassman Shootout (SUS) will take place at Troy University today through Thursday at Riddle-Pace Field.


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Former Eastern Dixie Youth championship team celebrates coach

Former Dixie Youth coach Dinky Hughes and his wife Annette were honored by his former players at a recent dinner. (Photo courtesy of Patsy Hughes)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 19, 2017)

Summer league players are practicing and playing on all-star teams this week, getting ready for upcoming Dixie Baseball (and softball) tournaments, advancing through the ranks of the city, district and state tournaments in hopes of making it to the World Series.

Former players, who are old enough to remember the early years of Dixie Baseball, recall the Eastern League group that dominated the city’s baseball landscape in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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Bohannon officially announced as Tide baseball coach

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne (left) officially announced Brad Bohannon as the nead head baseball coach on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Combined Reports
(June 6, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Brad Bohannon was formally introduced as head baseball coach at The University of Alabama by Director of Athletics Greg Byrne at a press conference in the Mal M. Moore Athletics Facility Monday morning.


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Tide tabs Bohannon as new baseball coach

Contributed
(June 1, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –Brad Bohannon, the 2015 American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America National Assistant Coach of the Year, has been named head baseball coach at The University of Alabama, Director of Athletics Greg Byrne announced on Thursday. Bohannon, who becomes the 32nd head coach in Crimson Tide baseball history, will be formally introduced at a press conference on Monday.


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Auburn garners NCAA regional bid as one of the last in

Contributed
(May 30, 2017)

The Auburn Tigers return to the NCAA baseball regionals this week in Tallahassee, Fla. but apparently only by an eyelash.

Based on the NCAA rankings, the Tigers were one of the final teams to receive an at-large bid. They will face Central Florida in the regional opener on Friday.


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Goff removed as head baseball coach of Alabama

Greg Goff was removed as the head baseball coach at Alabama on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Staff Report
(May 24, 2017)

TUSCALOOSA – Greg Goff had ideas for the second year of his tenure as the head baseball coach for the University of Alabama.

New athletic director Greg Byrne had other plans.

After a controversial move in which Goff attempted to revoke the athletic scholarship of nearly every player on his team, he was relieved of his duties on Wednesday.


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Tide's Taylor name All-SEC

After leading Alabama in several offensive catagories, Chandler Taylor was named second team All-SEC on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Combined Reports
(May 24, 2017)

Former Alabama Christian Academy star and Alabama outfielder Chandler Taylor was selected to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. The postseason all-conference recognition is the second of Taylor’s career, with the sophomore being selected to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2016.


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HS PLAYOFFS: LAMP's playoff run ends

LAMP's Austin Clark is unable to field a throw at first during the Tigers' loss to UMS-Wright on Friday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 13, 2017)

LAMP’s magical run through the Class 4A playoff bracket came to a crashing halt at the hands of the defending state champions as the Golden Tigers ran out of gas and out of pitching on Friday afternoon at Paterson Field.

After battling UMS-Wright evenly through the first two games of the best-of-three semifinal series, the Tigers surrendered 11 unearned runs in an 18-0 loss to the Bulldogs that ended the season but did little to dampen their status as the region’s best team by reaching the semifinal round.


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HS PLAYOFFS: Julian's jewel lifts LAMP and forces Game 3 with UMS-Wright

LAMP second baseman Philip Julian leaps over UMS-Wright's Will Chapman in the first game of the Class 4A semifinals Thursday at Paterson Field. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 12, 2017)

After watching their ace get rocked for 10 hits in the opener, LAMP fans wondered whether their team could bounce back in the second game of the best-of-three semifinal series against UMS-Wright at Paterson Field.

Philip Julian and his Golden Tigers teammates were up to the challenge, turning back the Bulldogs 4-1 in a showcase of pitching and defense that evened the series and forced a third and deciding game on Friday at 11 a.m. at Paterson Field.


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AISA CHAMPIONSHIP: Glenwood takes Class AAA title

Glenwood earns the AISA Class AAA state baseball title after the 10-0 shutout of Pike Liberal on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 12, 2017)

They rarely ever played a third game in a playoff series or needed a third pitcher but Glenwood School had Jarrett Carter available if they ever needed him.

So when the Gators played a third game in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AAA state baseball tournament at Paterson Field, it was Carter who took center stage, earning most valuable player honors by pitching a three-hitter and helping the Gators to a 10-0 win over Pike Liberal Arts on Thursday afternoon.


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Former ACA star Taylor named SEC Player of the Week

Chandler Taylor led Alabama to a sweep of Auburn last weekend. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept)

Staff Report
(May 8, 2017)

Former Alabama Christian Academy star Chandler Taylor was named the SEC Player of the Week after leading the Alabama Crimson Tide to a sweep of Auburn in this past weekend’s series.


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Marengo Academy beats Eastwood for Class A title

Eastwood completes its best season in baseball with a second-place finish in AISA Class A Tuesday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 10, 2017)

Marengo Academy had been here before and was wary of getting into an offensive shootout with its opponent. That’s why head coach Woodie Beck handed the ball to senior David Dunn.


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HS PLAYOFFS: LAMP sweeps Munford; Tallassee falls to UMS

Lamp's Parker Chavers slides into second on a stolen base during the Tigers' win over Munford Saturday. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle and Graham Dunn
RRS Correspondent& RRS Editor
(May 7, 2017)

It took LAMP three playoff rounds to find the right combination of hitting, defense and pitching, but it came together in the Class 4A quarterfinals as the Golden Tigers crushed Munford 16-2 and 8-2 to advance to the semifinals for the third time in school history.


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HS PLAYOFFS: LAMP advances in walk-off fashion

LAMP players celebrate their walk-off win in Game 3 of the series win over Holtville on Saturday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 29, 2017)

LAMP had led Holtville for the previous 10 innings of Friday’s doubleheader in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs, but the Bulldogs’ improbable sixth-inning rally for a 6-4 victory to force a third game in the series was the type of gut-wrenching loss that could tear a team apart.

Pruett Singleton drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to force in fellow senior Sawyer Batson with the game-winning run and send LAMP into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. LAMP (18-13) will play host to Munford next Friday in a best-of-three series beginning on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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HS PLAYOFFS: Macon East forces third game against Escambia

Escambia Academy's gets caught in a rundown between second and third base during the Macon East win on Thursday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 28, 2017)

CECIL – When you’re playing a lower-seeded team in a best-of-three playoff series at home, your hopes of cruising into the next round can sometimes get derailed by a good pitching performance.

That was the obstacle facing the Macon East Academy Knights, who never figured out Drew Parker in a 2-1 loss that left the Knights facing the possibility of ending their season on Thursday evening.


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HS PLAYOFFS: LAMP moves on to second round with win over Sipsey Valley

By Joey Chandler
Special to RRS
(April 23, 2017)

BUHL – A solo home run over the right field fence by LAMP senior Pruett Singleton was the difference in a 4-3 victory over Sipsey Valley on Saturday.


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HS PLAYOFFS: Brookwood pitching choice proves to be the end of Park Crossing playoff run

Jackson Tate slides into second on a stolen base under shortstop Dustin Dille in the first inning of Park Crossing's loss to Brookwood Saturday at Paterson Field. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(April 22, 2017)

Brookwood head baseball coach Jeff Bell waited until the last moment to decide on his starting pitcher in the crucial Game 3 of the Class 6A game against Park Crossing on Saturday.

His choice worked and it sent Brookwood into the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Panthers won, 5-2, on Saturday  earning a 2-1 series win.


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HS PLAYOFFS: Trinity advances with sweep of Oak Grove

Trinity's Jackson Davis is tagged out at third during the Wildcats' sweep of Oak Grove on Friday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 22, 2017)

After cruising to a 10-run victory in the first game of a doubleheader, the Trinity Wildcats found themselves locked in a late-inning thriller with Oak Grove in the nightcap.

Trinity answered the call twice, scoring a run in the sixth, then another in the seventh to subdue the Tigers 4-3 and complete the series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Jason Armstrong Field.

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HS PLAYOFFS: LAMP splits with Sipsey Valley

By Joey Chandler
Special to RRS
(April 22, 2017)

BUHL – Sipsey Valley High School forced a Game 3 in its Class 4A first round playoff series against LAMP on Friday.

After falling to the Golden Tigers 8-0 in Game 1, the Bears rallied back to win the second game, 5-2. Game 3 is scheduled for noon on Saturday.


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AHSAA PLAYOFFS: Park Crossing forces Game 3 behind ace

Game 2 starter Jaylon Long pitched Park Crossing into Saturday's series-deciding game against Brookwood in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.. (Staff Photo)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(April 21, 2017)

The Park Crossing Thunderbirds needed a big effort from their ace to stay alive in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs against Brookwood on Friday.

Jalen Long made sure his team would live at least one more day, pitching a gem in an 8-4 victory.

The win forced a third and deciding game on Saturday, 1 p.m. at Paterson Field. Brookwood won the first game, 16-12, in a wild shootout.


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Former Russell County star Rasmus to rehab with Biscuits

Former Russell County star Colby Rasmus will have a rehab stint with the Biscuits beginning Saturday. (Photo courtesy Toronto Star)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(April 20, 2017)

Former Russell County star Colby Rasmus is headed "home" for a rehab stint with the Montgomery Biscuits.

Rasmus is rehabilitating a hip injury after undergoing surgery in October 2016. A 9 year MLB veteran, he has appeared in more than 1,000 games, with 156 career home runs. He was selected in the first round of the 2005 Major Leage Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and has played for three MLB clubs before joining the Rays in January.


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Local prep baseball teams set for postseason

Staff Report
(April 17, 2017)

The post season has arrived for high school baseball. But there are still a few holes to fill when it comes to opponents for teams in the River Region.

Over the weekend, several teams wrapped up playoff bids, including LAMP, which returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and the first time in Class 4A.


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LAMP earns playoff spot with win over ACA

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 15, 2017)

LAMP kept up its hitting barrage all game and Philip Julian pitched a complete game as the Golden Tigers gave Chad Smith and the five seniors their first trip to the state playoffs with an 11-5 victory over Alabama Christian on Friday afternoon at the AUM Dixie Baseball field.




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Biscuits '17 roster includes several returning players

Brent Honeywell is considered the second rated prospect in the Rays organization. (Photo courtesy MILB)

Contributed
(April 5, 2017)

Seven of the Tampa Bay Rays' Top 30 prospects will be featured on the Montgomery Biscuits 2017 Opening Day Roster, which was announced by the Rays on Tuesday.

Of the talented, young group that makes up nearly a quarter of Tampa Bay's top minor leaguers, the Rays No. 2 prospect, Brent Honeywell, and No. 9 prospect, Justin Williams, highlight the club.


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ACA sitting pretty after series win over St. James

ACA's Dillon Hutchinson is greeted at home plate after hitting a game-tying 2-run homer in Friday's win over St. James. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 1, 2017)

It’s not always the same person and not always the same situation, which makes Alabama Christian’s 4-0 start in area play not only surprising but satisfying to head coach Don Gilliam.

“It’s somebody different every day coming through, which is a good sign,” Gilliam said. “We keep preaching the little bitty things – it’s the bunt to get the runner over, when you get a guy on third it’s hitting the ball the other way. Because baseball turns on a dime.”

On Friday afternoon, the game between St. James and ACA turned on a 3-ball-1-strike pitch that Dillon Hutchinson sent sailing over the leftfield fence, wiping out a 2-0 St. James lead. Hutchinson also delivered the game winner, a sacrifice fly in the sixth to break the 2-2 tie and propel the Eagles to a 5-2 victory.


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Tigers knock off Tide again in Capital City Classic

Coaches Greg Goff and Auburn's Butch Thompson meet at home plate to exchange lineup cards prior to the Capital City Classic Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 29, 2017)

The MAX Capital City Classic is anything but predictable. Predictions of a defensive struggle turn into an offensive shootout and evenly matched squads often rout the other when Alabama and Auburn get together at Riverwalk Stadium.

Tuesday night’s matchup actually followed the script, however. Two very average teams were on display Tuesday and Alabama, which has struggled to do the little things right in a self-destructing season, continued that trend on Tuesday night. Auburn, which has found a way to unimpressively find ways to win, continued that trend as well, taking a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of 7,605, the largest to ever witness a game at Riverwalk Stadium and the second largest to ever watch a regular season battle between the Tigers and the Tide.


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Former St. James star Poe fulfilling dream at Alabama

Alabama senior catcher Taylor Poe gets his final shot at Auburn in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic on Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletics)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 27, 2017)

Taylor Poe grew up an Alabama fan and dreamed of playing baseball for the Crimson Tide.

Some of his earliest memories of his favorite college team came from watching the MAX Capital City Classic. They’re not good memories, however. Alabama has won each of the last five season series with the Tigers but only has one Classic victory over that same span.


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LAMP earns key series win over St. James in area baseball play

LAMP coach Chad Smith meets on the mound with pitcher Philip Julian and catcher George Lash during Friday's doubleheader with St. James. (Photo by Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 11, 2017)

St. James opened the door for LAMP with a crucial sixth-inning error.

There was no easy way to slam the door shut.


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Paterson Field not ready for 'prime time' despite Mayor's claims

Paterson Field has received renovation in two phases but a third is needed to bring it up to par for top conference tournaments. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 6, 2017)

Starting the project seems to have generated more feedback than doing nothing at all.

City workers completed the first two phases of a renovation project involving Paterson Field but have stalled on the biggest portion of the renovation while awaiting funding. That has led to some grumbling among local fans who see cosmetic changes but no significant modernization of the 68-year-old facility.


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HS BASEBALL: Trinity's season opener gets mixed reviews

Andalusia's Sebastian Stallworth scored the game's first run on a wild pitch. Catcher San Nunn retrieves the ball as pitcher Trace Bright covers the plate. (Photoby Drew Gayle)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 21, 2017)

If it looks like a rebuilding year for Trinity baseball, don’t be too concerned. Longtime Wildcat coach Ken Whittle has seen it before.

“If we’re playing our best baseball right now, I’m going to be very disappointed at the end,” Whittle said. “I still believe there’s three seasons – the beginning of the year, area play and the playoffs. We hope we can get to the playoffs.”

The Wildcats didn’t look too potent in their 2017 season opener, using some miscues from Andalusia for a 7-1 victory before dropping a late-afternoon game to Brewbaker Tech 3-2 on Monday afternoon at Jason Armstrong Memorial Field.


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Tickets for annual Capital City Classic now on sale

Contributed
(January 23, 2017)

The ninth-annual MAX Capital City Classic returns to Riverwalk Stadium on March 28 when the Auburn Tigers take on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Conville selected as small college coach of the year

Contributed
(January 20, 2017)

Huntingdon baseball coach D.J. Conville is one of three college head coaches being recognized by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association at this year’s Alabama Baseball Coaches Association awards banquet.


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SIGNING DAY 2016: Chavers signs with East Tennessee

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(November 10, 2016)

Loveless Academic Magnet Program shortstop Parker Chavers signed a letter of intent to play baseball at East Tennessee State University on Wednesday afternoon in the school library, choosing the Bucs over Jacksonville State.


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Tide, Tigers baseball dates announced; Capital City Classic set for March 28

New Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff will bring his team to Montgomery on March 28 to face Auburn in the annual Capital City Classic. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Staff Report
(September 20, 2016)

The ninth annual Max Capital City Classic will be held on March 28, 2017 at Riverwalk Stadium, featuring second-year Auburn coach Butch Thompson and new Alabama coach Greg Goff.

Officials at both schools released their 2017 baseball schedules this week and both schedules include new opponents as well as one of the nation’s best attended college games in Montgomery.


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Door opens for return of NCAA D-II Baseball Championship to Capital City

Paterson Field was once the home of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. After an announcement earlier this week, the city of Montgomery may attempt to lure it back again. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(September 13, 2016)

Is Montgomery back in the market for the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship?

The city hosted the event from 1985 to 2007, first at Paterson Field and later at Riverwalk Stadium, before it relocated in 2009 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. But in the wake of the NCAA’s decision to pull all championship events out of North Carolina because of that state’s stance on the LGBT community, Montgomery suddenly finds itself as one of the logical choices to host the 2017 championship.


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Paterson Field gets facelift but more work to come

While the upgrade to Paterson Field is all but complete, there are still plans to improve other parts including the press box at a later date. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(July 17, 2016)

Workers have neared the end of their work on Paterson Field, waiting on city leaders to supply the revenue needed for the final renovation stage of the 67-year-old facility.

The work started more than a year ago with the replacement of the chain-link fence surrounding the top and sides of the grandstand and has progressed toward replacing a similar-style fence on the main concourse over the last two months.


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New Tide baseball coach has developed winning attitude at previous stops

New Alabama head baseball coach Greg Goff speaks during his press conference on Friday. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 18, 2016)

He grew up in Jackson, Tenn., a little bit of an outcast considering his collegiate ties.

“As a kid growing up in Tennessee, I was an Alabama fan but you couldn’t say that very much,” said Greg Goff moments after he was introduced as Alabama’s new baseball coach. “This is my dream job. This is where I always wanted to be. When I was here (in the state) working and watching from afar at Montevallo, seeing coach (Jim) Wells and what they were doing, it was just a dream job for me.”


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Hornets make history with visit to FSU in NCAA Regionals

The old baseball field at Alabama State was home to the first ASU team to reach the NCAA tourney. (Photo contributed)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(June 3, 2016)

While the 2016 Alabama State University baseball team is making history as the first Hornet team to ever win the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament and earn an automatic invitation to the NCAA Regionals, they’re not the first ASU team to play in an NCAA tournament.


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Hornets in, Crimson Tide out of NCAA Regionals

Alabama State baseball players react to the announcement that they will face Florida State in the first game of the Tallahassee Region later this week. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama State Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 30, 2016)

Two state teams made history on Monday when the NCAA selection committee announced their selections for this week’s regionals.

Alabama State, which was sent to Tallahassee, Fla., to face host Florida State on Friday evening, made history with the program’s first selection to the NCAA Regionals.

Alabama, which was not selected, became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to post a .500 record or better record three times in conference play (under the 64-team format) and not be selected. The Crimson Tide responded to the snub by announcing veteran coach Mitch Gaspard had resigned.


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Gaspard out as Bama baseball coach

Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard announced his resignation on Monday. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(May 30, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama baseball head coach Mitch Gaspard has resigned from his position effective immediately, Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced Monday.

The announcement came shortly after the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tourney field was announced which excluded Alabama. It was the second straight season the Crimson Tide has missed the field.


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Edgewood continues dominance in baseball; Abbeville sweeps Class A

The Edgewood Academy Wildcats celebrate their eighth-straight state title in baseball. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 11, 2016)

Edgewood Academy won its eighth consecutive Alabama Independent School Association state championship in baseball, but it didn’t come without some anxious moments on Tuesday evening at Paterson Field.


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Hawks beat Maryville twice to earn USA South baseball title

Contributed
(April 18, 2016)

WILSON, N.C. – The Huntingdon baseball team won twice on Sunday to capture its first USA South Athletic Conference championship.


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COLUMN: Biscuits home opener features big-time prospects, still lacks splash

Biscuits shortstop Willie Adames fields a throw at second as M-Braves shortstop Ozzie Albies slides to the bag in the home opener for Montgomery on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Cory Diaz/Wetumpka Herald)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 13, 2016)

There were a few things missing on Tuesday night at Riverwalk Stadium.

The Montgomery Biscuits held their 13th home opener on a slightly chillier than normal opening night and dropped the Mississippi Braves 7-2 but it didn’t quite have the same feel as most previous home openers because a few things were missing.


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Camacho leads Hornets baseball to solid SWAC start

Alabama State starter Joseph Camacho has led the Hornets to a perfect SWAC record. (Photo courtesy ASU)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(April 8, 2016)

It wasn’t like Joseph Camacho’s pitching talent was a secret.

Camacho posted a school-record nine wins in 2012, his senior season at Franklin High, and his 1.55 earned run average was a large reason why the Cougars won 28 games that season, the second most in school history.


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Biscuits 2016 roster loaded with top prospects

Willy Adames is one of the top prospects in the Tampa organization and will begin the season with the Biscuits. (Photo courtesy MILB)

Staff Report
(April 5, 2016)

Nine of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Top 30 prospects will feature on the Montgomery Biscuits 2016 Opening Day Roster, which was announced by the Rays on Tuesday morning. Of the talented, young group that makes up nearly a third of Tampa Bay’s top minor leaguers, the Rays number three prospect, Willy Adames, and number five prospect, Jake Bauers, highlight the club.


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Auburn hammers Tide in Capital City Classic

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 30, 2016)

If there’s one lesson that has been learned from the MAX Capital City Classic, it’s that the game never follows the script.

Except for the part where the script calls for an Auburn victory.
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CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC: Former ACA star Taylor returns home

After playing several games at Riverwalk as a member of the Alabama Christian Academy Eagles, Chandler Taylor comes to Montgomery as a member of Alabama this evening. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Athletic Dept.)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 29, 2016)

For years, Chandler Taylor came to Riverwalk Stadium to watch the MAX Capital City Classic as a fan. Tonight, he’ll be on the field for the Alabama Crimson Tide as they take on the Auburn Tigers.

“The only one I missed was my sophomore year (at Alabama Christian Academy) when we were playing on the road,” he recalled. “That would have been the March before I committed (to Alabama) in May and I was kind of disappointed I didn’t get to go to that one but every other year they’ve played it I’ve been there. I’ve gotten to talk to the team and things like that so it’ll be pretty cool to be able to be a player instead of a fan now.”


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Taylor continues hot start with record-breaking night in Tide rout

Chandler Taylor broke the single-game record for hits with five in Alabama's win over Nicholls State on Wednesday. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(February 25, 2016

TUSCALOOSA – Former Alabama Christian Academy star Chandler Taylor continued his torrid start as a freshman on Wednesday.

Taylor led the offense, finishing a perfect 5-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored in Alabama's 13-1 win over Nicholls State at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.


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Former ACA star Taylor leads Bama to opening-season win

Former Alabama Christian Academy star Chandler Taylor cracked a solo home run in the first inning and added a run-scoring single to lead the Crimson Tide to a season-opening win on Friday. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(February 20, 2016)

TUSCALOOSA. – After a year away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama baseball claimed its first victory inside the newly renovated Sewell-Thomas Stadium on the night of the stadium’s Grand Reopening. With the win, Alabama improves to 1-0 overall, including a 5-2 mark in season openers under head coach Mitch Gaspard.

In the second pitch of his first collegiate at-bat, freshman Chandler Taylor kicked off the night’s scoring with a solo home run to right field. Taylor would go on to notch one more RBI in the bottom of the sixth and would finish the day perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a pair of walks in four plate appearances.

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Gators the favorite in SEC baseball; Tigers, Tide at the bottom in West

Contributed
(February 18, 2016)

The University of Florida has been predicted to win the 2016 Southeastern Conference baseball championship as voted by the league’s 14 head coaches in the 25th-annual preseason poll. The Preseason All-SEC First and Second Teams, as determined by the head coaches, were also announced on Thursday.


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Former Hawks catcher gets MLB invite

Contributed
(January 26, 2016)

Former Huntingdon catcher Joseph Odom is one of 27 non-roster invitees to the Atlanta Braves’ major league spring training.


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AHSAA adopts new pitch count rule

Contributed
(October 22, 2015)

The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current pitching rule for baseball from innings pitched to a pitch count, beginning with the 2017 AHSAA baseball season.

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Much-needed facelift slow process for Paterson Field

Paterson Field is in the middle of a renovation which means the removal of the old facade high above street level. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(August 17, 2015)

Workers will resume dismantling the awning that has covered the seating at Paterson Field since its construction in 1949, the first phase of a renovation project designed to modernize the city’s baseball facility.

“Right now, they’re taking down some asbestos,” said Scott Miller, director of leisure services for the city, “and next week should start on the awning. Then we’ll reevaluate where we are on money and go from there. Because of the asbestos and some unexpected things, there were some unexpected expenses so we’re going to reevaluate.”

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AUM Dixie baseball teams headed to state tourney

Three teams from the AUM Dixie Youth League recently earned District championships including Minors (AAA - ages 9-10). Coach Pitch (ages 7-8) and Ozone Rookie. (Photos contributed)

Contributed
(July 7, 2015)

Three teams from the AUM Dixie Youth Baseball recently won District Championships.

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River Region readies for Southern League All-Star night

Combined Report
(June 23, 2015)

It's billed as the game to "Experience the Future."

The 2015 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Wind Creek Hospitality returns to Montgomery after nine years on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium.

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MLB Draft: Local players get their shot

Combined Reports
(June 11, 2015)

Auburn Montgomery pitcher Rock Rucker was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 20th round, the 595th overall pick, Wednesday during the 2015 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

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Faulkner eliminated from title run

Contributed
(May 29, 2015)

LEWISTON, Idaho - The three up-the-middle senior starters embraced, each trying to console one another. The tears flowed for catcher Robert Llera, shortstop Edgar Figueroa and centerfielder Chris Madera - their Faulkner careers having come to a close two wins shy of their ultimate goal.


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Faulkner wins shootout over homestanding Lewis-Clark in NAIA WS

Dario Polanco reacts to his first-inning home run with a look back at Faulkner dugout in the Eagles' 12-10 win over Lewis-Clark on Tuesday in the NAIA World Series.(Photo contributed)

Contributed
(May 27, 2015)

Behind the hard-throwing Patrick McCarthy's gutsy performance on the mound and an offense sparked by Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year Chris Madera, Faulkner battled back from early three- and four-run deficits to grab a pulsating 12-10 victory to remain unbeaten in the 59th edition of the NAIA's showcase event.

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Faulkner gets second seed in national tourney

Contributed
(May 18, 2015)

While other top seeds suffered upsets, Faulkner rolled through the Montgomery Bracket of the Baseball National Championships Opening Round and has been rewarded with the No. 2 seed in the 59th annual Avista-NAIA World Series which begins next week at historic Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho.

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Trinity wins another title but breaks out of 4A drought

Trinity players Robert Adams, Charlie Leisy and Trace Johnston along with coach Ken Whittle field questions after their championship victory over Brooks on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium.(Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 15, 2015)

It might not be his last masterpiece, but it was certainly one of Ken Whittle’s best coaching jobs.

Trinity turned offensive on the final day of the 2015 season, pounding out 13 hits on the way to a Game 2 win, 8-5, and complete a two-game sweep of Brooks High School to win the Class 4A state baseball championship at Riverwalk Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
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2015 AHSAA State Baseball Finals

Compiled by RRS Staff


Results and schedule of the 2015 Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball championships held at Riverwalk Stadium and Paterson Field. Games continue through Saturday.


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First-year coach leads Monroe Academy to sweep of Autauga Academy

After a sweep of Autauga Academy, Monroe Academy celebrates their first-ever state title in baseball. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 7, 2015)

It’s a nice way to close out your first year as head baseball coach.

Adam Hood stepped in for Monroe Academy coach Mitchell Turberville when the veteran coach announced he wanted to concentrate fully on his role as the Volunteers’ football coach. After Hood coached the program to its first-ever state championship with a sweep of Autauga in the Alabama Independent School Association’s Class AAA series, he doesn’t plan on handing it back.


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Solid pitching forces Macon East-Edgewood series to third game

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(May 5, 2015)

After 14 innings of stellar pitching performances, neither Edgewood Academy nor Macon-East Montgomery were able to settle which team was the best in Alabama Independent School Association’s Class AA, so the two teams will go back out on Wednesday afternoon and play for seven more innings.

Logan Coleman pitched a gem in the opener to give the Knights a 3-2 victory before Hunter Elliott came back in the second game with a three-hit shutout and a 2-0 win for the six-time defending state champions.

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2105 AHSAA 2nd Round Baseball Playoffs results

Compiled by RRS Staff

Results of the second round of the 2015 Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball playoffs. All series Winners advance to Friday's quarterfinal round. River Region teams in bold.


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2015 AHSAA First Round Baseball playoffs results

Compiled by RRS Staff


Results of the first round of the 2015 Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball playoffs. All series Best of 3 . River Region teams in bold.


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Biscuits announce opening roster

Contributed
(April 6, 2015)

The Tampa Bay Rays' top two prospects, Justin O'Conner and Daniel Robertson, highlight the Montgomery Biscuits 2015 Opening Day Roster as announced by the Rays on Monday.


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FCA Tourney features 25 teams for 2015

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent

(March 9, 2015)

The 22nd annual FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Classic kicks off on Monday with three games at Riverwalk Stadium and two more at Paterson Field, attracting some of the best baseball teams in south Alabama to the weeklong event.

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2015 FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tourney results and schedule

Compiled by RRS Staff
(March 13, 2015)

Results and schedule for the 22nd Jason Armstrong FCA Baseball Classic held at multiple sites in Montgomery.

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Golloway, Gaspard pull out all the stops for Capital City Classic

Jake Hubbard started for Alabama in Tuesday's loss to Auburn. Although he is not a "weekend" starter for the Crimson Tide, Alabama went with the other key bullpen pitchers after the fourth inning. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 4, 2015)

If you think the Max Capital City Classic doesn’t mean anything to the two head coaches, consider their strategy in Tuesday’s matchup at Riverwalk Stadium.

Auburn coach Sunny Golloway pitched the two best starters on his staff. Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard countered with the two best relievers on his.

Golloway’s starter proved to be the difference as Keegan Thompson struck out 12 batters and kept the Crimson Tide bats in check for a 5-3 victory in front of 6,219 fans.

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Thompson keys Auburn win in Capital City Classic

Auburn ace Keegan Thompson pitched into the eighth inning, scattering three runs and seven hits in the Tigers' win over Alabama on Tuesday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(March 4, 2015)

For the sixth time in seven tries, the Auburn Tigers ruled the annual Capital City Classic.

The Tigers sent the ace of their pitching staff to the mound and he delivered. Keegan Thompson pitched seven-plus solid innings to lead his team to a 5-3 win over arch-rival Alabama in front of an announced crowd of 6,219 fans Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium.

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Tide hopes to regroup in Tuesday's Capital City Classic

Alabama third baseman Chad Vincent makes adjustments to make a play during this weekend's series versus Louisiana-LaFayette. (Photo courtesy Unv Alabama Media Relations)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(March 2, 2015)

When Auburn (9-3) and Alabama (7-4) square off in the seventh annual Max Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium on Tuesday night, there’s certain to be more offense because of NCAA-mandated changes in the baseball that produce a livelier result. But Gaspard says his offense is livelier simply because of the lineup, which includes three-year starters Georgie Salem in center field, Kyle Overstreet at second, Mikey White at shortstop and Chance Vincent at first.

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Taylor signs baseball scholarship with Alabama

With family, teammates and coaches looking on, ACA's Chandler Taylor recently signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama. (Photo contributed)

Combined Reports
(February 24, 2015)

Alabama Christian Academy outfielder/pitcher Chandler Taylor recently signed a baseball grant-in-aid with the University of Alabama at a special gathering on the high school campus.


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City becomes destination for makeup tourneys

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 20, 2015)

The cold weather has made Montgomery a popular destination.

The Capital City will play host to college teams this weekend who were forced to move their games because of snow-covered fields.

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Southern League All-Star game returning to Riverwalk in 2015

Contributed
(September 30, 2014)

The 2015 Southern League All-Star Game returns to Montgomery after nine years on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Festivities will begin Monday, June 22.

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Local players taken in MLB Draft

Contributed
(June 7, 2014)

Faulkner pitchers Jay Gause and Thomas Dorminy were both selected in the 10th round of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft Friday, becoming the second and third Eagle players to go in the top 10 rounds in the past three years.


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Dirtbags 12-under competes in Fultondale

The 12-Under Dirtbags recently placed second in the Super NIT Tourney in Fultondale. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(June 5, 2014)

The Dirtbags used power at the plate to place second at the 12-Under AAA Super NIT in Fultondale recently.


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Lowe to step down as AUM baseball coach

AUM head baseball coach Q.V. Lowe will step down this summer after leading the Senators/Warhawks since the team's inception in 1987. (Photo courtesy AUM Athletics)

Contributed
(May 23, 2014)

Q.V. Lowe, the only head baseball coach the Auburn University Montgomery program has ever known, has announced his retirement effective July 31, 2014.


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Faulkner wins two to stay alive in SSAC Tourney

Contributed

(May 3, 2014)

Thomas Dorminy overpowered the Auburn Montgomery Warhawks in a Southern States Athletic Conference tournament elimination game Friday at Paterson Field, allowing just three hits while striking out 11 as the fourth-ranked Eagles stayed alive with a 6-0 victory over their cross-town rivals.


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AUM upsets Faulkner in SSAC baseball tourney

Contributed
(May 1, 2014)

P.J. Leto struck out 11 Faulkner hitters and stranded 14 base runners to help the Auburn Montgomery baseball team past the No. 4 Eagles 5-4 in the opening round of the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday at Paterson Field.


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All-Star Sports Week baseball rosters announced

Combined Reports

(April 21, 2014)

The 2014 North-South all-star baseball teams for the 18th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition were announced Monday.


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Keller lifts Tide to sweep of No. 9 Ole Miss

Ben Moore finished with six hits in Alabama's sweep of Ole Miss this weekend. (Photo courtesy Unv. Alabama Athletic Dept.)

Contributed
(March 30, 2014)

TUSCALOOSA – Jon Keller threw a complete game and held ninth-ranked Mississippi to one run, as the No. 30 Alabama Crimson Tide completed a series sweep over the Rebel with a 3-1 Southeastern Conference victory on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

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2014 FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tourney results and schedule

Compiled by RRS Staff

Schedule and results for the 2014 FCA Jason Armstrong Memorial Baseball Tournament held at Paterson Field and Riverwalk Stadium, through Saturday. (Second team listed will be the home team.)


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2014 River Region High School Baseball Schedules

Staff Report


Baseball schedules for high schools in the River Region have been posted for 2014. Schedules for a few select schools were not posted due to unavailability. Some schedules are incomplete. To have a schedule added, send it to gmd@riverregionsports.com.


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NOTES: Troy-UAB renews rivalry; ABCA clinic-dinner set

Combined Reports
(January 28, 2014)


The Troy and UAB football series has been extended by two years through the 2016 season, both schools announced Tuesday afternoon. The two schools have met every year since 2009 with Troy winning four of the five games… The Alabama Baseball Coaches Association will host its fifth-annual First Pitch Dinner & Silent Auction as well as the youth league baseball/softball clinic this Saturday.


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Williams to lead Biscuits

Combined Reports
(January 27, 2014)

For the first time in eight years, a new manager will lead the Montgomery Biscuits.

Brady Williams will serve as Biscuits skipper in 2014 and become the third manager in Biscuits history while Ozzie Timmons and R.C. Lichtenstein return as hitting and pitching coach respectively with Kris Russell also returning to Montgomery as the athletic trainer.


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Auburn, Miami, Fla. highlight ASU 2014 baseball schedule

Contributed
(January 13, 2014)

Head baseball coach Mervyl Melendez and the Alabama State University baseball team has released its 2014 baseball schedule. The Hornets have a 56-game regular season, which includes 26 home dates to be played at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.


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Dirtbags 12-under named state champs

Members of the 12-under Dirtbags include: Back row from left - Maddux Herring, Coleman Wright, Jackson Blair, Cole McWhorter, Campbell Cleveland. Front row from left - Copeland Hilyer, Payne Griffin, Will Aaron, Zak Haynes. (Photo contributed)

Contributed
(November 12, 2013)

The 12-Under Dirtbags went 12-3 in the fall of 2013 and were named the USSSA 12U Major State Champions.


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Tampa Bay Rays schedule exhibition game at Riverwalk

Combined Report
(September 19, 2013)

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming.

The Montgomery Biscuits will play an exhibition game against the parent club at Riverwalk Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. on March 29, 2014.

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2013 Dixie Baseball Tournament results

Results and schedules for the Dixie Baseball tournaments for 2013. Dates and times are subject to change.

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Three teams from River Region survive AHSAA first round

LAMP pitcher Chris Dunn picked up a win and a save in the Tigers' series win at Dale County last weekend. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(April 25, 2011)

When the AHSAA state baseball playoffs opened on Friday, 10 teams from the River Region were in contention.

After completing just one round, only three remain.

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AHSAA Baseball Playoffs first-round results

Compiled by RRS Staff


Results for the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state baseball playoffs. River Region teams in bold.

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HS BASEBALL: River Region teams win playoff berths

Stanhope Elmore swept Wetumpka on Friday to keep its playoff hopes alive. (Photo by Brian Finley)

Staff Report
(April 11, 2011)

Several teams clinched a playoff berth over the past weekend. Several more will try to do the same this week as area play in AHSAA concludes.

Here is a recap of games reported to River Region Sports.

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