Three earn All-State nodsPublished 10:27am Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The 2014 Alabama Sports Writers Association released this season’s All-State baseball and softball teams, and three of this area’s finest have earned selections to the team.
In Class 5A, Benjamin Russell ace Zac Rogers capped his banner year by earning first-team honors for his work on the mound.
The dominating right-hander went 8-2 on the season, putting up a sparkling 1.20 ERA on the season.
The senior was a nightmare for opposing hitters, as he sat down 83 batters via strikeout.
All in all, Rogers accounted for almost one-third of the Wildcats’ 25 wins, as he was one of the anchors for Benjamin Russell’s run to the second round of the playoffs.
The University of Alabama commit’s 1.20 ERA marks the second time that he has put up an ERA lower than 2.00 during his time in the maroon and white.
As for softball, two local standouts received honorable mention selections to the ASWA All-State teams.
In Class 5A, Benjamin Russell’s Cookie Kelley received the nod for her play at second base.
After ending her junior season prematurely due to injury, Kelley bounced back and as one of the few seniors on the squad, became the Lady ‘Cats most potent bat in the lineup.
Kelley hit .405 on the season, smacking four over the fence and driving in 12 runs. The senior’s marks in batting average and home runs led the team.
She put up a team-high .643 slugging percentage, scored 21 runs _ which accounted for 20 percent of BRHS total runs scored – and swiped 11 bags during the Wildcats’ 2014 campaign, which ended in the second round of the Class 5A South Central Regional playoffs.
In addition to the previously mention categories, Kelley led the Lady ‘Cats in hits and doubles.
In Class 2A, Horseshoe Bend’s freshman fireballer K-Rae Blasingame garnered an honorable mention for the All-State team.
In leading the Lady Generals within one game of a trip to Montgomery, Blasingame put up a 23-13 win/loss record on the season.
With a sparkling 1.30 ERA, Blasingame was dominant throughout the season, as nearly half (11) of her 23 wins on the season came via shutout.
Blasingame won all but two games for the Lady Generals, and struck out 276 batters during her campaign.
The Lady Generals’ No. 1 arm in the circle also got it done at the plate, as she led the team with a .355 batting average and drove in 21 runs.