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
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