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ASWA poll: Hewitt-Trussville softball, baseball rank high

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE – The Hewitt-Trussville softball team remains on top while the baseball team comes in at No. 3 in this week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association poll. On the softball diamond, the Lady Huskies (24-3) hope to keep momentum on their side next week when they clash with Class 7A, Area 6 foe No. 3 Spain Park. [caption id="attachment_20840" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hewitt-Truss ...

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Jody Graves brings production, leadership to Pinson Valley

By Kyle Parmley PINSON -- Great leaders and productive players don’t always come in the same package. But they go hand in hand when describing Pinson Valley first baseman Jody Graves, a junior in his first season on the varsity squad. “He’s one of those guys that is the reason you get into coaching,” Pinson Valley head coach Shane Chappell said. “He does everything you ask and works his tail off.” During hi ...

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Hewitt-Trussville wins tournament opener

By Erik Harris BRADENTON, Fla. – Top-ranked Hewitt-Trussville got the IMG Academy National Classic off to a strong start with a 3-2 win over South Hills (Calif.) on Monday. Center fielder Quin Jackson scored two of the Huskies’ runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh inning. After starting the final frame with a single, Jackson worked his way over to third before freshman Ed Johnson lif ...

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Cougars, Indians gunning for playoff spots

By Kyle Parmley CLAY -- There’s only one series remaining to determine which teams will earn a postseason berth from Class 6A, Area 12. Clay-Chalkville, Pinson Valley and Shades Valley are all pining to earn their spot among the top two teams from the area, and there will be no shortage of drama for the final games to be played April 7 and April 9. [caption id="attachment_20494" align="alignleft" width="200 ...

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Hewitt-Trussville needs ‘whole team’ to survive Area 6

By Erik Harris TRUSSVILLE -- Some have said, including the Alabama Sports Writers Association, that there is no tougher path to the state playoffs than the one winding thorough Class 7A, Area 6. The area, like others throughout the state, is comprised of four teams fighting for two postseason slots. A closer look reveals that unlike other areas in the state, Area 6 is occupied entirely by top 10 teams. Acco ...

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Cougars split to begin Mountain Brook tournament

By Kyle Parmley MOUNTAIN BROOK – Clay-Chalkville was on the opposite end of run-rule games Saturday afternoon. The Cougars took their show to the annual Mountain Brook Spring Break Tournament and split a pair of games against Carver-Birmingham and Mountain Brook, the second-ranked team in Class 7A. Mountain Brook took the latter game of the day, shutting out the Cougars 10-0. The Cougars could not get the b ...

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Baseball: Etowah 6, Clay-Chalkville 1 

By Erik Harris CLAY – Etowah outhit host Clay-Chalkville in a 6-1 decision Friday night. The Cougar bats were only able to manage three hits to the visitors’ seven, and didn’t reach their first base runner until the fourth inning when Tyler Duke found first via walk. Duke was sent across shortly thereafter on a Jeremy Rhodes single that triggered a throwing error by the Blue Devils. That run sent Clay-Chalk ...

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Hewitt-Trussville blanked by Vestavia Hills

By Erik Harris VESTAVIA HILLS – The Class 7A, Area 6 baseball season is officially under way, but No. 1 Hewitt-Trussville “just didn’t come ready to play” against No. 7 Vestavia Hills on Thursday. Those words, spoken by Huskies’ center fielder Quin Jackson, couldn’t be more justified as he stepped away from Sammie Dunn Field with a 7-0 final beaming from the scoreboard. Thursday’s road loss came in the wake ...

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Softball, soccer teams in action Thursday

By Kyle Parmley TRUSSVILLE – Thursday night featured plenty of action across the area. Here is how some of the local schools fared: SOFTBALL Hewitt-Trussville 15, Gardendale 0: The top-ranked Lady Huskies had no issue dispatching Gardendale. Their record improves to 24-3 with the win. [caption id="attachment_20451" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hewitt-Trussville's Abigail Inmanphoto courtesy of Hewitt-Trus ...

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13-run inning pushes Pinson Valley to sweep of Huffman

By Kyle Parmley PINSON – A 13-run inning usually does the trick. Pinson Valley blew the cap off a close game against Huffman with a huge fourth inning in the first game of a two-game set Thursday in the matchup of Class 6A, Area 12 squads. The Indians (15-10, 3-1) took the first game by a margin of 15-1, using a few stellar offensive performances to fuel the victory. Jody Graves went 2-for-3 and drove in fo ...

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