Montgomery, AL – The Softball All-Star Teams have been selected for the 2022 AHSAA North-South All-Star Sports Week, announced Brandon Dean, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
The teams, comprised of 2023 rising seniors, were chosen by a special coaches committee from nominations received from AHSAA member school coaches.
“Softball in the AHSAA continues to get stronger and stronger, and these two all-star squads reflect that fact. Both squads are filled with outstanding softball players and coaches from our member schools,” said Dean. “We look forward to watching them in the All-Star competition set for the All-Star Sports Week this summer.”
The AHSADCA, which operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA), also hosts annual North-South all-star games in baseball, volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cross country, tennis and golf during the All-Star Week. The annual North-South All-Star football game is now played in Mobile each December following the conclusion of the football season.
The AHSAA Summer Conference, annually attended by more than 4,000 coaches and administrators, will be held in Montgomery this summer.
The North-South All-Star softball coaches include: (North) Trent Patterson, Lauderdale County: Taylor Burt, Hewitt-Trussville; and Kent Chambers, Bob Jones (administrative coach); (South) Jenny Laird, Daphne; Mark Segrest, Elmore County; and Susan Barnes, Elba (administrative coach).
Burt coached Hewitt-Trussville to the Class 7A state championship in 2020 and 2021 and to a runner-up finish in 2022. Segrest directed Elmore County to the Class 5A state tournament this past season.
Highlighting the all-star softball rosters are seven players who participated in the 2022 State Softball finals or semifinals in 2022.
On the South 18-member squad are shortstop Madison Johnson of Class 4A Geneva, pitcher Kaylee Navarre of Class 1A Brantley, shortstop Brandy Phillips of Class 3A Beulah and Ainsley Watts, first baseman for Class 2A G.W. Long. Watts helped Long finish third this season. Phillips, who also pitches, helped Beulah finish 40-8, Navarre helped Brantley win the 2021 state title and finish third this season in Class 1A and Johnson played a key role in helping Geneva reach the Class 4A state finals.
Among the 18 players on the North squad are Hewitt-Trussville shortstop Kenleigh Cahalan and second baseman Hannah Dorsett, and Thompson pitcher and 7A state tourney MVP Chalea Clemmons. The Warriors finished 45-8-1 to claim Thompson’s third state title and first since 1999. Hewitt-Trussville finished 45-8-1 before falling in the 7A finals 2-0 to the Warriors.
The North All-Stars sweept last summer’s North-South softball competition winning 11-8 in eight innings in the opener and 6-1 in the nightcap. The North leads the series 27-23-3 heading into the 2022 competition. The series was first played in 1997.
|2022 NORTH-SOUTH SOFTBALL ALL-STAR TEAMS|
|NORTH SOFTBALL ROSTER|
|Mariah Bazile||Hazel Green||1B||5’6′|
|Payton Dunham||Pleasant Grove||SS||5’6|
|Katherine Flannery||Spain Park||SS||5′ 9|
|Jadyn Foster||Sand Rock||P||5’5|
|Alyssa Hastings||Buckhorn||SS||5′ 4|
|Willesha Lang||Hillcrest, Tuscaloosa||C||5’4|
|Cana Vining||Athens Bible||P||5’6|
|Trent Patterson||Lauderdale County|
|Kent Chambers||Bob Jones – Administrative|
|SOUTH SOFTBALL ROSTER|
|Taniyah Brown||Brewbaker Tech||P||5`7|
|Elizabeth Cross||Red Level||SS||5’2|
|Anna Segrest||Elmore County||IF||5’7|
|Brooke Tillman||Alma Bryant||C||5’8|
|Ainsley Watts||G. W. Long||1B||5’4|
|Emma Weatherford||Baldwin County||C||5’5|
|Mark Segrest||Elmore County|
|Susan Barnes||Elba – Administrative|