Brett Pitts and Jake Outlaw were the most obvious standouts on Tallapoosa County’s baseball teams this season, and they both got their rightful recognition this weekend when the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its all-state baseball teams.
Pitts, a junior for Benjamin Russell, and Dadeville senior Outlaw were named to the Class 6A and 3A first teams, respectively.
By doing a little bit of everything for the Wildcats, Pitts earned a spot as a first-team utility player. Pitts played three different infield positions and pitched this season, but most importantly, he was the team’s top hitter. He batted .385 on the season with a team-leading 28 runs, and he tied for first with 25 RBIs. He was a true power hitter for the Wildcats, as nearly half his hits went for extra bases. He had 24 singles, 17 doubles and four home runs.
On the mound, Pitts threw 43 1/3 innings and finished with an ERA of just 1.454. He allowed only 28 hits and just nine of the 18 runs he gave up were earned. Pitts gave up 20 walks but struck out 52 batters.
For the Tigers, Outlaw served as mostly a closer but the one time he went a full game, he fired a one-hit shutout against Horseshoe Bend to close out the regular season. Like Pitts, Outlaw had staggeringly good numbers at the plate. He had a batting average of .495, and his OPS was off the charts, finishing the season with a 1.397. Outlaw racked up 46 hits, including 14 doubles, four triples and three home runs.
Outlaw, a shortstop, was also one of the most reliable infielders for Dadeville this year.
The only other local player to earn a spot on all-state was Horseshoe Bend’s Grant Taylor, who was named to the Class 2A second team in a utility spot. Similarly to both Pitts and Outlaw, Taylor was a jack of all trades for the Generals. He also led his squad in batting average with a .466 and paced HBS in doubles (11), triples (4), home runs (1) and RBIs (19).
Firing 46 innings, Taylor had an ERA of 3.5 with 19 walks and a team-leading 55 strikeouts. As a catch, Taylor caught 11 runners attempting to steal.