Braden Booth of Bob Jones High has been named Mr. Baseball by The Alabama Sports Writers Association. The super-talented pitcher-shortstop was also named to the Super All-State Team. Photo Contributed

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

MADISON- When you’re good the accolades many times are never ending. Such is the case for Braden Booth who just completed his senior season of baseball at Bob Jones as the post-season awards keep rolling in.

Booth led Bob Jones to its first ever State Championship with State Tournament MVP honors. Now, he’s been named Class 7A All-State Player and Pitcher of the Year and Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year. If that’s enough, he’s also been selected Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Mr. Baseball for 2024 and Super All-State Team.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Mississippi State signee right-handed pitcher and shortstop led the Patriots to a 44-9 record. He compiled a 13-1 record with a 1.51 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 83 innings on the mound. He averaged 10.7 strikeouts per game. On offense, he batted .429 with 10 homers, 49 RBIs and scored 57 runs.

“Bob Jones has had countless candidates for the award and that has motivated me to be the best I can be,” said Booth, the first Mr. Baseball chosen from Madison. “This feels good and it’s more than just me winning the awards. It’s the program. This is an amazing award for me and Bob Jones.”

Bob Jones catcher Zack Johnson was named Class 7A Hitter of the Year and to the Super All-State Team. The junior Alabama commit hit .384 with 56 hits, 65 RBIs, 11 doubles, three triples and five homers. His fielding percentage was a near perfect 0.986.

Madison schools swept the top Class 7A honors as Coach of the Year went to James Clemens head coach Johnny Johnson. The Jets finished second to Bob Jones in Area 8, but pushed the eventual State Champions to three games in the Class 7A semi-finals. The Jets completed their season 33-12. Johnson completed his sixth season as head Jet.

The list of local players making the ASWA Class 7A All-State include:

First-Team- P, Braden Booth, Bob Jones, 6-1,190, Sr., C, Zack Johnson, Bob Jones, 6-0, 185, Sr., OF, Carson Loosier, James Clemens, 5-4, 130, Sr.; Second-Team- IF, Jacob Pearl, Bob Jones, 5-6, 160, Sr.; Honorable Mention- IF, Gresham Baker, Bob Jones, 6-0, 170, Sr.

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