One of the amazing stories in The Decatur Daily’s coverage area is the wealth of talent in softball and baseball.
This year’s All-State selections by the Alabama Sports Writers Association prove it. The list includes 24 softball players and 16 baseball players from this area.
Nine local softball players made first-team All-State. Five are from Morgan County. They are Hartselle senior outfielder Kylie Winton, Brewer senior catcher Madisen Adams, Priceville sophomore catcher Reagan Walter, Priceville senior outfielder Destinee Hargrove and Danville junior Emma Broadfoot as a designated hitter.
The other first-team selections are Hatton senior infielder Emma Latham, Hatton junior pitcher Ashley Berryman, Ardmore junior pitcher Sydney Hall and Elkmont junior infielder Haven Kirby.
Two area baseball players made first-team All-State. They are Decatur Heritage outfielder Carter Sample and Athens Bible catcher/pitcher Cade Abernathy as a utility player.
In softball, Hatton’s Berryman is the Class 2A Pitcher of the Year. Berryman and Latham have two more teammates on the second team. They are senior pitcher Cloey Lovelady and sophomore infielder Mallory Lane.
Morgan County appears to be a hot spot for softball catchers. Brewer’s Adams was a first-team at that position in 5A. Priceville’s Walter was first-team in 4A. Broadfoot, who catches for Danville, was first-team at designated hitter in 4A. Hartselle’s Emily Cowart was second-team in Class 6A.
Here’s a breakdown of the other All-State selections from this area:
Baseball: Austin senior Grayson Throneberry is an honorable mention selection in the infield.
Baseball: Decatur senior Trentin Dupper is a second-team selection at utility player. He is joined on the second team by Hartselle freshman Brodie Morrow at designated hitter.
Softball: Hartselle senior infielder Kalli Cartee joins Cowart on the second team. Decatur junior Olivia Wilborn made second team as a utility player. Athens senior Gracie Green is an honorable mention selection at designated hitter.
Baseball: Ardmore junior Hogan Whitt is an honorable mention selection as a utility player.
Softball: East Limestone junior pitcher Emily Crouch is an honorable mention selection along with Ardmore junior L.B. Smith as a utility player.
Baseball: West Morgan junior Ashton Owens is a second-team selection in the outfield. Priceville senior Nick Walker is an honorable mention selection in the outfield.
Softball: Danville seventh grade pitcher Blayne Godfrey made second team. West Limestone catcher Raegan Clem is an honorable mention selection.
Baseball: East Lawrence senior Clay Pilgrim is a second-team selection at pitcher.
Softball: East Lawrence junior Briley Pitt is a second-team selection at designated hitter.
Baseball: Decatur Heritage has second-team selections in junior pitcher Baker Wilson and senior infielder Heath Bolton.
Softball: Hatton eighth grader Bradyn Mitchell is an honorable mention selection as a utility player.
Baseball: Athens Bible senior pitcher Gage Johns made second team. Falkville senior outfielder Austin Smith is also a second-team selection. Making the honorable mention list are ABS senior pitcher Matthew Usery and Falkville sophomore designated hitter Wyatt King.
Softball: Three from Morgan County made second team. They are Decatur Heritage junior infielder Katie Jones, Falkville sophomore pitcher Sydnee Fitzgerald and Falkville sophomore infielder Makenzie Veal.