Local Baseball And Softball Players Rank Among State’s Best At End Of Season

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Several local athletes finished the season ranked in the Top 20 in the final stats reported by the KHSAA.

In baseball Madison Central had a trio of players ranked. Carter Ruffner ranked 23rd in the state in runs scored with 46. The Indians placed two pitchers among the states best. Bradley Poynter was 9th in the state in wins with 9. He went 9-0 on the season. Poynter was also a workhorse on the mound ranking 17th in innings pitched with 63 and 1/3 in 11 games. Brett Campbell was among the state leaders in saves, he finished 4th with 4 saves.

As a team the Indians ranked in 16 in three offensive categories. They ranked 4th in team hits with 359 in 40 games. The Indians were among the best power team in the state putting 16 home runs over the fence for 16th best. In team RBI they ranked 12th with 257. The pitching staff also ranked 19th in strikeouts with 272 in 258 innings and an average of 7.37 a game.

Madison County also had its share of softball players ranked with Model’s Anniston Bray ranked in 4 categories. She ranked 9th in batting average at .606, 15th in runs scored with 56, She was also among the state leaders in drawing walks ranking 21st with 23. When she got on base she was speed demon stealing 53 bases in 54 attempts which was good for 16th in state. Madison Southern’s Tessa Juett ranked 7th in ERA with a 1.07 in 23 games and 8th in strikeouts fanning 222 hitters in 124 innings of work. She averaged 12.47 per game.

Team rankings saw the Lady Patriots rank in 2 offensive categories. They ranked 18th in team batting .394 and 16th in team stolen bases 145-146. Madison Southern’s pitching staff ranked in a pair of categories as well. Team era 1.57 allowing 45 earned runs in 200 innings and strikeouts 7th best with 338 and an average of 11.33 per game.

Madison Central softball was the only local team to not report stats this season.