Baseball Records: Last week, I did some play-by-play for the Class 7A state baseball championship between Auburn and Hewitt-Trussville at Riverwalk Stadium.
While thumbing through the media guide, I spotted the AHSAA's updated all-time records. For instance, G.W. Long has the most state titles with 13. Vestavia Hills and Hokes Bluff have nine each. Tallassee has seven.
Tallassee's 40 consecutive regular season wins in 1990 and 91 ranks second to only Cottonwood's 54 from 1985-88.
That Cottonwood team was pretty good. Ask Reeltown. They beat the Rebels 43-0 in 1986, the largest margin of victory in AHSAA history.
Tallassee's 1.38 Earned Run Average in 1995 is fourth best in the state by a team. The lowest ERA by one pitcher belongs to Britt Burns of Huffman in 1977. It was 0.00. A minimum of 50 innings is required.
Courtney Thornton had a THS best 0.58 ERA in 1994. Jonathon Rivers has Tallassee's career record at 1.58.
The career strikout leader in Alabama is Tyler Stovall of Hokes Bluff with 683 over five seasons. Jeri Goodman is Tallassee's record holder from 1987-90 with 259. Jed Carter, now producing strikeouts at AUM, is the purple and gold's single season "K" leader with 117.
The fewest strikeouts of zero of by a batter belongs to several players in the AHSAA archives. Mark Baynes (1988) would be included on that list, but his 50 at-bats did not meet the minimum requirement of 60.
Craig Vaught (1990), Shannon Graham (1992) and Tommy Weisner (1986) all had two strikeouts each for season lows.
The AHSAA's best single-season batting average is .726 in 2008 by Berry's Hunter Collins. Former Alabama quarterback Brody Croyle is also among the leaders. The qb could swing the stick too. He hit .672 at Westbrook Christian in 1999. Who it Tallassee's leader for a season? Jonathan Johns (.521 in 1988).
The state's homerun king is Nick Masonia of Brooks, who hit 66 from 2007-11. Single-season leaders are Wade Miller (G. W. Long, 30 in 2000) and Colby Rasmus (Russell County, 24 in 2005). Rasmus is still hitting dingers for the Houston Astros.
Tallassee's all-time leader for homers is Brent Milner with 29 from 1993-96. J.C. Atkins hit the most in a season with 14 in 2000.