East Central Alabama is well-represented in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Baseball All-State team released Friday.
The Daily Home’s coverage area had nine players to earn All-State honors.
The Childersburg Tigers had two players to earn honorable mention All-State honors in Zack Lightsey and Peyton Logan.
Lightsey earned All-State honors as a second baseman. The junior had a stellar season on the mound and at second base for a Childersburg team that finished 35-4 on the season. On the mound he went 11-2 on the season with both of his losses coming in the Class 4A semifinals to eventual state champs Charles Henderson. On the season, he recorded 88 strikeouts and had an ERA of 2.40. At the plate, he had a .389 batting average with four home runs, 36 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Lightsey credited his coaches and his teammates for this accomplishment.
“It is a blessed feeling,” Lightsey said. “I couldn’t have done it without all of my teammates. “
Peyton Logan earned honor mention All-State honors as a designated hitter. The senior slugger put up career number this season at the dish. Logan had a .420 batting average with 17 doubles and eight home runs. He also drove in 44 RBIs and scored 40 runs for the Tigers.
“I saw the ball good all year,” Logan said. “I guess everything just came together, because last year I didn’t have the year I wanted to have. This year, I spent a lot of time in the off season in the cage working on my swing and my mechanics trying to get everything right for the season, so I could be as success as I could for the team.”
The Fayetteville Wolves had a pair of players to earn All-State honors from their semifinal team this season. Zane McGrady and Weston Brassell earned honorable mention honors for the Wolves.
McGrady had a huge year for Fayetteville. The sophomore had a .385 batting average with six home runs, 29 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
“It is a big honor to be named on the All-State team,”McGrady said. “That was one of my goals coming into the season: to be All-State, All-County and win a state championship but, we feel short on that one. But other than that I worked hard and accomplished my goals.”
Fayetteville head coach Morris Phillips said he is happy for his players.
“I am real proud of the boys,” Phillips said. “I am proud of Zane and his accomplishments this year. I am very glad that he was able to make All-State. That is a big accomplishment for him to get that after the very good season that he had for us this year.”
Weston Brassell earned honorable mention honors as first baseman. Brassell had a solid season for the Wolves as he recorded a batting average of .414 with 41 hits, nine doubles and two triples. He also drove in 29 RBIs and scored 32 runs.
“It is surprising really,”Brassell said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I made All-County, but I wasn’t really expecting this at all. It feels real good.”
Phillips said that Brassell, as well as McGrady, stepped up as leaders for the team this past season. Phillips is proud that Brassell’s play was acknowledged this season.
“Weston had a great year for us,” Phillips said. “I am very proud of him. Both of them are just sophomores this year and I am looking forward to the next two years with these guys. Weston did a great job of playing first base and closing. I am glad that he is getting recognized for his accomplishments on the field this year.”
The Winterboro Bulldogs had two players to earn All-State honors in Andrew Pitts and Colby Wheeler. Pitts earned honorable mention honors as an outfielder. He played a major role in leading the Bulldogs to their best record (10-9) in several seasons. Pitts led the team in batting average and in fielding this season.
“I think the last player we had to make the All-State team was my ninth grade year,” Pitts said. “You have to work at it; you just can’t show up and expect to make All-State. You have to go to practice every day. You can’t just go to practice every day and you have to give 100 percent to get there.”
Winterboro head coach Allan Beckett said that Pitts is very deserving of the honor.
“Coming in, I thought that these guys really love the game and really lived for baseball,” Beckett said. “Andrew fought through some shoulder injuries. I thought he hit the baseball really well and had a lot of extra base hits and had a really nice season. He had a nice season in the field as well and was a solid.”
Colby Wheeler earned honorable mention honors as a catcher.
“Colby probably struggled coming out of the gate with his swing, but the latter part of the year he was really hot at the end of the season,” Beckett said. “He was really on a tear. I thought he did well at catching. From what I understand that wasn’t his full time position coming up, but we needed a catcher and he had a really nice year. He was our leader, he was a real good base runner and he pitched some for us. It was a good reward for both of those guys.”
Wheeler said he was shocked when found out that he made the All-State team.
“I’ve made All-County, but I didn’t really expect to make All-State,” Wheeler said. “To make All State is a great honor, it feels great to be recognized,” Wheeler said. “I’ve had two pretty good seasons as far as batting goes. I am thrilled to make the All-State team.”
The Coosa Valley Rebels had an historic season, but they fell short of repeating as AISA Class AA state champions. The Rebels successful season didn’t go unrecognized as they had three players to earn a spot on the All-State team.
Colton Pate led the way for the Rebels. Pate had a 7-0 season on the mound. The Central Alabama Community College signee had 66 strikeouts, 10 walks, and he only allowed six earned runs this season. Pate was stunned when he learned that he was a member that he was a member of the All-State team.
“That is an honor, you can’t get any better than that,” Pate said right before playing a summer league baseball game. “Being told that you are one of the better players in the state- I don’t know what to say about it. I didn’t expect to get it. It is an honor I am excited right now. I am walking around the field smiling.”
“I actually threw my first no hitter at the beginning of the season and in the last game that I pitched in the state championship game, I threw a no hitter, so that was pretty cool,” Pate said. “I went 7-0 record wise and had an ERA of 1.25. I just listened to what coach Permenter had to tell me and I did what he said.”
Michael Mims had a .400 batting average with 42 hits, 49 runs, and 21 RBIs with a slugging percentage of .666. Out his 42 hits this season, he had a 13 doubles and six triples. This is Mims’ second season in a row making the ASWA AISA All-State team.
“I feel good about making All-State,” Mims said.
Will Pouncey earned All-State honorable mention honors as an outfielder. Pouncey had a .354 batting average for the Rebels with 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored. He also had a .960 fielding percentage
“We had a good season,” Pouncey said. “This was my first year starting in the field, I hit a lot better than I hit before. I batted around .350 this season and I had a pretty good year pitching as well. Honestly, everybody came together as a team and we all played really well. I think Colton, Michael as well as myself had good success, because of our teammates. We had some really good people playing with us that could just as easily made the All-State team such Niko Teofilo, Zack Spratlin and all those guys just as good or better than us. I feel like everybody really did a good job.”
CVA head coach Bobby Permenter is proud of what his three All-State players accomplished this season on the diamond.
“They were leaders and they stepped up and led us to where we went,” Permenter said. “Those three are good guys and they are good baseball players. Colton and Mikey signed to go play and Will has an academic scholarship to Troy.”