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Slate Alford graduates from the Bob Jones baseball with a college scholarship to Mississippi State, school records and being chosen to the ASWA Super All-State Team for 2021. Photo Contributed

High School All-State Baseball And Softball Teams Named

MADISON- Madison area schools are well represented in the 2021 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State baseball and softball selections. In addition, two of the elite student-athletes made the Super All-State Teams.

Those selected for the Super All-State Baseball team included Slate Alford of Bob Jones, a senior infielder who has signed with Mississippi State while junior pitcher Emma Rolfe, also from Bob Jones, was selected to be part of the Super All-State Softball team. Rolfe is a verbal commit to Auburn.

The ASWA 2021 All-State Baseball Team included Class 7A: C-Max Soliz, Bob Jones, Sr., IF- Slate Alford, Bob Jones, Sr., IF- A.J. Causey, Sparkman, Sr., OF: Jack Buening, Sparkman, So. Second Team selections include OF- Logan Hittle, Bob Jones, Sr., UT- Jakob Lewis, Sparkman, Sr., Hitter of the Year- Slate Alford, Bob Jones. Sr.

Class 5A: C-Jackson Hirschler, Madison Academy, Sr., OF- Alex Wade, Madison Academy, Jr. Those selected for second team were UT- Kai Watson, Madison Academy, Sr., DH- Avery Seaton, Madison Academy, Sr.

The ASWA 2021 All-State Softball Team included Class 7A: P-Emma Rolfe, Bob Jones, Jr., C-Aubrie Lisenby, Bob Jones, Sr., DH- Zahria Jones, Sparkman, Sr. Second-team selections were P- Megan Shurtz, Bob Jones, Sr., OF- Charlotte Herron, Bob Jones, Fr. Honorable Mention selections included IF- Cassie Reasner, Sparkman, So.

Class 4-A: IF- Mya Clark, Madison Academy, So. Second Team players included IF- Mackenzie Meadow, Madison Academy, Jr. Hitter of the Year- Mya Clark, Madison Academy, So.

For Alford, a nominee For Mr. Baseball for Alabama, he set school records in runs (62), home runs (14) and hits (64) during the 2021 season. He batted .464 with 49 RBIs and hit 17 doubles. He’s been approached by numerous professional scouts about his talents as third baseman and his hitting. He was selected as a Rawlings Sporting Goods Perfect Game All-American.

Rolfe has been an outstanding pitcher for the Lady Patriots since she was a freshman and helped Bob Jones to be ranked among the top teams in the nation during the 2021 season. She began playing softball at age four when she used a plastic bat in a small field new her home in Anniston. At one time as a recreational league player, she was the worst player on the team, but began developing quickly by age nine. Once joining a travel team at age 10 she began to blossom into a riveting pitcher and was chosen All-State as a pitcher when she played for Class 5A Alexandria in the seventh grade and a year later was selected All-State as a first baseman.

At Madison Academy, Clark had an enormous season for the Mustangs batting .627, with 47 hits, 10 doubles, five triples, 17 home runs with 54 RBI’s. She scored 58 runs and had 21 stolen bases. Her extraordinary talents as a sophomore have college recruiters waiting to approach her about her future in softball.

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