By Gary Lloyd
A Pinson Valley pitcher and coach have garnered postseason baseball honors from the Jefferson County Baseball Coaches Association.
The association named senior Colby Wingard the county’s pitcher of the year. Wingard finished the season with a 10-1 record for a Pinson Valley team that reached the Class 5A semifinals. The Indians posted a 32-14 record.
“He was our workhorse,” said Pinson Valley head coach Shane Chappell, who was in his first season at the helm.
Wingard pitched in the big games for Pinson Valley, throwing a two-hit shutout against Class 6A runner-up Hewitt-Trussville and shutting out Class 5A No. 5 Southside-Gadsden in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
“Our guys had a lot of confidence in him and played really well behind him,” Chappell said.
Chappell was named the association’s coach of the year.
“It’s definitely an honor,” he said.
Chappell said he was fortunate to be blessed with a great group of players this season. Chappell said the award means a lot to him and the team because the county includes teams such as Clay-Chalkville, Gardendale, Mortimer Jordan and Hueytown.
“To be named that, I’m honored,” said Chappell, who has also coached at Clay-Chalkville, Corner and Northwest Shoals Community College.
The association’s player of the year award went to Garrett Suchey of Mortimer Jordan.
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