See the best scenarios for the high school softball season
After the COVID-19 pandemic ended softball and all spring sports in March 2020, last year’s full season ending in championships was well received.
The 2022 season begins on Thursday with familiar teams set to battle for titles and plenty of coaching changes.
Below are some of the main storylines for the 2022 softball season.
Hewitt-Trussville won their second consecutive title, although the previous win was in 2019 as there were no 2020 championships, while no other team repeated their 2019 championship.
Here are last year’s champions:
Class 7A-Hewitt-Trussville; Class 6A-nut green; Class 5A-Satsuma; Class 4A-North Jackson; Class 3A-Plainview; Class 2A-Orange Beach; Class 1A-Brantley; AISA-Bessemer Academy, South Academy, Abbeville Christian.
Teams to watch
It’s pretty much the same cast as usual with the best teams in each class.
Class 7A: Auburn, Bob Jones, Central-Phenix City, Fairhope, Hewitt-Trussville, Hoover, Spain Park, Sparkman, Thompson, Vestavia Hills
Class 6A: Athens, Buckhorn, Hartselle, Hazel Green, Helena, Mortimer Jordan, Saraland, Spanish Fort, Springville
Class 5A: Alexandria, Ardmore, East Limestone, Elmore County, Hayden, Satsuma, Tallassee
Class 4A: American Christian, Brooks, Curry, Etowah, North Jackson, Northside, Rogers
Class 3A: Beulah, Danville, Flomaton, County Lauderdale, Opp, Plainview, Prattville Christian
Class 2A: GW Long, Hatton, Ider, Leroy, Mars Hill Bible, Lamar County, Pisgah, Sand Rock, Spring Garden, Sumiton Christian
Class 1A: Appalachia, Athens Bible, Brantley, Holy Ghost, Pleasant Home, Skyline, South Lamar, Woodland
AISA: Autauga Academy, Clarke Prep, Edgewood, Glenwood, Macon East, Southern Academy
No team this season
UMS-Wright will not field a team as there were not enough players to fill the roster.
Coaching changes are inevitable, but this season seemed to bring more than usual. Here are some of the new coaches this season:
Alabama Christian-Lauren Veach; Arabic – Jared Moore; Ardmore – Jacob Sparkman; Boaz-David Stanford; Brewer – Braeden Netherton; Center-Florence – Carmen Whitfield; Chelsea-Sara Gallman; Lemongrass – Kaitlyn Wood; Danville- Christy Ferguson; Eufaule – Allison Warrick; Falkville- Mallory Jones; Fayetteville – Chris Sherbert; Florence-Elizabeth Fuller; Gardendale – Kyndall White; Glencoe-Drew Hall; Glenwood-Josh McConnell; Hartselle – Christopher Reeves; Hayden-Laura Jill Dowd; Homewood – Arica Moss; Madison County – Aaron James; Prattville-Brian Pittman; Station Smiths-Michael King; Sparkman- Lindsay Vanover; Springville- John Taruc; Theodore – Lacey Bosarge; Wicksburg – Josh Cox.
Players to watch
This is certainly not a complete list, but below you will find some of the best players in each class per team.
Baker: Emily Mizelle
Bob JonesEmma Rolfe
Centre-Phoenix City: Kristen White
Fairhope: Alea Johnson, Ryley Harrison
Hewitt-Trussville: Kenleigh Cahalan, Hannah Dorsett, Riley Tyree
Vacuum Cleaner: Bella Foran, Campbell Hecklinski
Mary MontgomeryJayden Sawyer
Spain Park Ella Reed, Katie Flannery
Theodore: Jayden Sawyer
Thompson: Eleanor DeBlock, Ella Pate, Chalea Clemmons
Sparkman: Cassie Reasner
Vestavia Hills: Miah Simmons
Athens: Emily Simon, Morgan Stiles
Baldwin County: Madilyn Byrd
Buckhorn Alyssa Hastings
Chilton County: Marlie Giles
Chelsea: Kathryn Bryars, Olivia Trout
Gulf Coast: Kailin Parker
Hartselle: Larissa Preuitt, Karsi Lentz, Blayne Godfrey
Green hazelnut: Caroline Cartron
Saraland: Bre Hughes, Gracie Dees
Satsuma: Madison Sawyer
Strong Spanish: Haley Hart
Alexandria: Rylee Gattis, Chloe Gattis
Ardmore: Ella Singletary, Bo Riley
John CarrollMacey Ogle
Tallassee: Chloe Baynes
Hayden: Becca Benton
Brooks: Ellie Partrick
Cleburne County: Jayci Boozer
Curry: Linley Tubbs, Alayna Key, Kylee Trotter
Madison Academy: Mack Meadows
Plainview: Tessa Word
Rogers: Hannah Price
North Side: Kinley Pate, Becca Leigh Chadwick
Flomaton: Jalia Lassiter
Orange Beach: Ava Hodo, Teagan Revette, Daigle Wilson
Pisgah: Molly Heard, Lila Kate Wheeler
Leroy: Marisa West
Southern Lamar: Maddie Thompson
Spring Garden: Neely Welsh, Kayley Kirk, Spring Garden
Athens Bible: Cana Vining
Brantley: Kayden Dunn, Kaylee Navarre, Shanta Barginere, Campbell Hawthorne
Skyline: Olivia Treece
Ragland: Sammie-Day Jones, Addie Campbell