G.W. Long Matt Snell

G.W. Long's Matt Snell, shown pitching in the state championship series, was named to the ASWA Super 10 team. Providence Christian's Grayson Stewart also made the Super 10 from the Wiregrass.

G.W. Long’s Matt Snell and Providence Christian’s Grayson Stewart had standout baseball seasons this spring in all phases of the game and help lead their teams to state titles.

Their performances didn’t go unnoticed by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

The two were named to the state Super 10 baseball team by the ASWA, which revealed both its baseball and softball Super 10 teams Sunday after announcing its Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball winners at a banquet in Tuscaloosa.

Snell and Stewart were the lone Wiregrass players on the baseball Super 10 team.

G.W. Long’s Libby Baker, the state’s Miss Softball winner, was the lone Wiregrass representative on the softball Super 10 team.

Snell, who helped G.W. Long to the Class 2A state title and a 34-6 record, was one of the contenders for the state’s Mr. Baseball award. Morgan Academy’s Gunnar Henderson, an Auburn signee who was picked in the second round of last week’s MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, was voted the Mr. Baseball winner.

During the 2019 season, Snell, a senior, starred as a pitcher, as a third base and a hitter on offense for G.W. Long.

The Troy signee finished 12-1 as a pitcher, earning the most wins in the state in AHSAA. He earned a Wiregrass-high 104 strikeouts over 70 innings and had a 1.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP (13 walks/49 hits in 70 innings).

Offensively, Snell had a .536 batting average and .654 on-base percentage, both tops in Class 2A with a minimum of 75 at-bats. He belted 12 homers, second most in the state (all classes), and drove in 63 runs and scored 64 runs. He also hit 11 doubles, walked 28 times, was hit by 12 pitches and struck out only eight times in 154 at-bats.

He was named the Class 2A Player and Pitcher of the Year by the ASWA.

Providence’s Stewart, a junior, helped lead the Eagles to a 30-9 record and to the Class 3A state title. Like Long’s Snell, he excelled in every area – in pitching, at third base and at the plate.

He finished with a 9-1 pitching record, one save, a 1.94 ERA and 0.95 WHIP (19 walks/50 hits in Wiregrass-high 72 1/3 innings). He struck out 85 and pitched five shutouts, including a two-hit complete-game blanking of Piedmont in a 2-0 opening-game victory in the state finals.

Stewart also hit .355 and had a .486 on-base percentage with 24 RBIs and 31 runs scored on offense.

He was named the Class 3A Pitcher and Player of the Year by the ASWA.

Super All-State Baseball

(listed alphabetically)

Jordan Beck, Hazel Green

Chandler Best, McGill-Toolen

Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian

Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy

Braden Hughes, Springville

Jackson Kimbrell, Oak Mountain

Pico Kohn, Chilton County

Dylan Ray, Bob Jones

Matt Snell, G.W. Long

Grayson Stewart, Providence Christian

Super All-State Softball

Libby Baker, G.W. Long

Hannah Borden, Hewitt-Trussville

Kaylyn Dismukes, Holtville

Alea Johnson, Fairhope

Madisyn Kennedy, Macon-East

Ainsley Lambert, Spanish Fort

Carlee McCondichie, Gardendale

Haley Pittman, Alabama Christian

Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley

Savannah Woodward, Hayden

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