AHSAA NEWS: STJ state golf champ; ACA’s Sager wins individual golf title; Shoals opens series with win
St. James won the Class 4A team championship with 3-over 287 Tuesday – beating runner-up UMS-Wright by 21 strokes for the title. The Trojans of Coach Aubrey Blackwell finished with a two-day 589 total. UMS finished at 610. White Plains was third at 625 and Haleyville was fourth at 679.
Walker Carr of St. James shot 1-under 71 Tuesday to finish seven strokes back at 140 for the state champs. Dustin Travis of White Plains carded even par 72 and finished third at 147. St. James’ Chase Hastey fired a 71 to finish fourth at 148. Trojans teammate Walker Wise had a 73 to finish tied for fifth with UMS-Wright leader Felix Ronderos at 150 – 17 strokes off Rabren’s winning pace.
Alabama Christian’s Hannah Sager won the individual championship in Class 4A-5A with a 71-77—148. Helena’s Grayson Gladden was second with 150 with two straight rounds of 75. White Plains’ Layne Dyar was third with 74-80—154.
Shoals Christian wins Game 1 of 1A playoffs
Winning pitcher Tanner Bozeman’s bases-loaded double in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night drove in two important runs and propelled Shoals Christian to a 7-2 win over Brantley as the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A state basketball championship series got underway here at Paterson Field.
The Flame (22-18) and Bulldogs (15-18) meet in game two as the best two-of-three series moves to Riverwalk Stadium Wednesday at 10 a.m. Should as third game be needed, it will start after the first game at approximately 1 p.m.
Tuesday’s opener started an hour late at 8 p.m. due to a brief rain that came prior to the scheduled 7 p.m. start.
Bozeman (7-3), a junior left-hander, allowed 11 hits and struck out five to pitch the complete game. Batting lead-off, he had two hits, scored a run and drove in three – two coming in the big sixth inning.
Brantley, which started its season for Coach Greg Evans at 1-9, trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the bases loaded when an attempted steal at home ended the inning. Coach Jason Anderson’s Flame rallied from that exceptional defensive play by catcher Johnathan Brock to score four runs and turned the one-run game into a 5-0 deficit. Trenton Gillis followed in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run homer over the left-field wall to extend the lead to 7-0.
The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the seventh to plate two runs on Jacob Free’s RBI double and Tate Tatum’s RBI single.
Centerfielder Riley Jobin had three hits to pace Brantley. Adrian Person and Spivey also had two hits.
The Class 2A championship series between Mobile Christian and Randolph County gets underway at 4 p.m. at Paterson Field Wednesday, and the Class 4A series opens at 7 p.m. with Trinity Presbyterian taking on Brooks, also at Paterson Field. All baseball series games are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Details on the broadcast can be found at www.ahsaa.com.