The Alabama Sports Writers Association named its 2018 All-State Softball Players, and there were several from St. Clair County.
Springville's Abby Swaney is a four-time selection, including four straight seasons as the Class 5A Pitcher of the Year. Springville has won four straight Class 5A championships behind Swaney.
Not only was Swaney named Pitcher of the Year, she was also named Player of the Year for Class 5A, and named to the Super All-State Softball Team.
Swaney finished the year with a record of 35-5, with 32 complete games. She had an ERA of 1.12.
In the 40 games she pitched in, Swaney worked 237.2 innings and gave up 38 earned runs on 153 hits. She walked 106 and struck out 295. She pitched 16 shutouts and had two no-hitters.
Also making First Team All-State were first baseman Lindsey Richardson and second baseman Sidney Wagnon, both from Moody. Richardson was named Hitter of the Year for Class 5A.
Wagnon hit .476 this past season with four home runs and 28 RBIs. She led the team in runs scored (72), and stolen bases (51). This was her fourth time to make the All-State Team, and third year in a row to make the First Team.
In her high school career, Wagnon finished in the Top 15 in Alabama all-time in batting average, hits, runs scored and stolen bases.
Richardson hit .475, with 19 home runs and 81 RBIs.
Named Coach of the Year for Class 5A was Moody’s Becky Seymour.
Seymour said she wanted to thank her family, particularly her husband, Dusty, and their two children, Kolby and Carter.
“I thank them for all of the sacrifices that they make throughout the year by allowing me to live my dream of being a coach,” Seymour said. “I am greatly humbled and honored to have received this nomination. However, I truly feel it should be awarded to everyone on my coaching staff. The program that I am trying to build would not be half as successful as it is without the continuous support of my assistant, Bubba Wagnon, and his love and dedication to the girls. This nomination is also a direct reflection of my Junior Varsity and Junior High coaches, as they continue to build up my younger generation of athletes. Finally, I would like to say thank you to my players, both former and current, that have bought into our ideas and are working to develop one of the best programs in the state. So you see, this is not an individual award, but it is one that I share openly and respectfully with those that helped to get the program where it is today. Again, I am honored and blessed to be the head coach at Moody High School. I would like thank the sports writers association for their nomination, as it is honor to receive.”
As for her players who made All-State, Seymour said she is proud of Wagnon, Richardson and Madison Sanders, who made Honorable Mention. Sanders finished the season 24-10, with an ERA of 2.42. The 24 wins by Sanders is the most by a Moody pitcher in a season.
“They are three of the hardest working players on the team,” Seymour said. “I have watched them all grow into their individual roles on the team, all the while continuing to place the needs of the team above their own. I am so happy that their hard work is being recognized. Sid has continued to lead us both offensively and defensively in many categories, while Madison has risen to many challenges in the demanding position in the circle. I would also like to recognize Lilly Crowe for her All-State Tournament Team selection, as she was a huge part of our success in Montgomery this year. Another congratulations goes to Lindsey Richardson as she was selected 5A Hitter of the Year. I am so proud of her because I know how much passion and drive she has for that part of her game. She is one of the best hitters I have ever stepped on the field with, coaching or playing.”
Making the All-State Second Team included utility player Emily Butts from 6A Pell City and utility player Mckenzie Brown from 5A Springville.
Brown had a batting average of .494. She had 78 hits, including three home runs, drove in 41 runs and scored 62 runs.
Butts hit .421 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs and 11 runs scored. She also picked up 24 wins, had 167 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA.
Making Honorable Mention with Sanders were catcher Makalyn Kyser, shortstop Kaylee Chapman andoutfielder Piper Long, all from 5A Springville.
Kyser had a batting average of .376, with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Long had a .417 batting average, with one home run and 30 RBIs.
Chapman had a .382 batting average, with six home runs and 55 RBIs.
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