Matt Snell / G.W. Long
2019 Baseball Player of the Year
>> Background: Snell was a senior pitcher and third baseman for G.W. Long and head coach Drew Miller. He has signed to play next year at Troy University.
>> 2019 stats: Snell finished with a .536 batting average and a .634 on-base percentage, both second-best in the Wiregrass. He led the Wiregrass in homers (12), runs batted in (63), runs (64) and hits (60). He also hit 11 doubles and 1 triple. He was walked 28 times (second-most in Wiregrass), hit by 12 pitches, and struck out only eight times in 154 at-bats. On the mound, he was 12-1. The 12 wins are the most in the state (AHSAA). He had a 1.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP (13 walks/49 hits in 70 innings) with a Wiregrass-high 104 strikeouts in 70 innings and hit only three batters in 282 faced. Snell helped G.W. Long to a 34-6 record and to the Class 2A state title.
>> Thoughts on being Dothan Eagle Baseball Player of Year: I just want to thank my coaches, my teammates, my friends and family because I couldn’t do it without them. It is an honor to be player of the year.
>> What were your preseason goals? For one thing, to win the state championship. That was the main goal. Individual goals were to hit .500 and have 10 home runs. I got both of those, so it was a good year.
>> So you didn’t have any pitching goals? No sir, not really. Just go out there and win as many games as I could for my team and to throw strikes.
>> What did you do in offseason to improve your game? Just get stronger in the weight room, getting a little bigger and trying to get faster. That was all, really. In pitching, I tried to get my velocity up a little faster and command the zone more.
>> Did you get your velocity up? Yes sir, a little bit, a couple of miles per hour (topping out at 90 now).
>> What will your role be at Troy next year? I will do both – pitch and hit. I am not sure position-wise. We will see when I get there.
>> What position do you want to play? Whatever gets me on the field. Wherever they want me to play is good with me.
>> Do you have goals at Troy? Just get up there and get my degree and do the best I can.
>> Miller on Snell: Matt has been a guy who we have counted for the last three or four years and he always delivered. He is a kid that has put a lot of hard work and time into it. He took his game to another level this year and had one of the best statistical years in G.W. Long history when you combined what he did on offense and his pitching abilities. It was off the charts. He is an outstanding player, an even better student-athlete and better person. Troy University is getting a great player.
2019 Dothan Eagle Super 12 Baseball Team
Matt Snell, G.W. Long
Senior pitcher/third baseman
Player of the Year
12-1 record, 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 104 strikeouts; .536 avg., .654 OBP, 12 HRs, 63 RBIs, 64 runs, 11 doubles, 28 walks
Slade Simmons, G.W. Long
.397 avg., .516 OBP, 2 HRs, 40 RBIs, 55 runs, 22 doubles 23 walks
Blake Burkhalter, Northview
Senior pitcher/center fielder
5-2 record, 0.67 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 91 strikeouts; .400 avg., .469 OBP, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs, 26 runs
DJ Law, Rehobeth
.437 avg., .524 OBP, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 20 runs, 12 doubles, struck out only 7 times in 103 at-bats; Threw out 14 of 25 base stealers (56 percent)
Brock Huner, Charles Henderson
9-1 record, 1.83 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 50 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings; .407 avg., .562 OBP, 29 RBIs, 45 runs, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 10-of-11 steals, 35 walks.
Mason Coskrey, Geneva
.425 avg., .491 OBP, 35 RBIs, 23 runs, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 1 HR, 5-of-6 steals, 7 sacrifice flies; 4-1 record, 3.65 ERA, 48 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings
Don Williams, Houston Academy
.563 avg. and .672 OBP (both Wiregrass bests), 28 RBIs, 28 runs, 12 doubles, Wiregrass-co high 7 triples, 1 homer, 23 walks, struck out only 4 times in 116 at-bats
Grayson Stewart, Providence Christian
Junior pitcher/third baseman
9-1 record, 1 save, 1.94 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 85 strikeouts, 5 shutouts; .355 avg., .486 OBP, 1 homer, 24 RBIs, 31 runs, 8-of-8 steals
David Warren, Providence Christian
Senior center fielder/pitcher
.382 avg., .482 OBP, 34 runs, 27 RBIs, 2 HRs, struck only 5 times in 154 at-bats; 7-5 record, 2.69 ERA, 53 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Kade Snell, Wicksburg
3-3 record, 2.18 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 87 strikeouts in 45 innings; .453 avg., .551 OBP, 1 HR, 17 RBIs
Jordan Coachman, Cottonwood
6-0 record, 1.35 ERA, 0.48 WHIP, 69 strikeouts, only 9 walks in 52 innings, 2 no-hitters; .421 avg., 27 RBIs, 24 runs
Taylor Gover, Lakeside School
.476 avg., .564 OBP, 4 HRs, 48 RBIs, 36 runs, 8 doubles, 4 triples, 9-of-9 steals; 5-2 record, 2 saves, 2.02 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 40 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
Honorable Mention Super 12: Grant Thornton, Enterprise; Te’Relle George-Mills, Dothan; Lawson Scarbrough, Charles Henderson; Chance Pollard, Charles Henderson; Jake Killingsworth, Headland; Brayden Banner, Providence Christian; Will Solomon, Providence Christian; Coleman Wright, Providence Christian; Logan Ross, Opp; Trey Spurlin, Opp; Kahari McReynolds, Geneva; Jackson Blair, Ariton; Carson Fain, Ariton; Christian Collier, G.W. Long; Kam Faria, G.W. Long; Caison Long, G.W. Long; Bryan Galloway, Goshen; McGwire Stanley, Goshen; Drew Cashin, New Brockton; Jonny Robinson, Northside Methodist; Bauer Sharp, Northside Methodist; Davis Allen, Pike Liberal Arts; Chandler Golden, Pike Liberal Arts, Holt Steed, Pike Liberal Arts; Christian Beasley, Lakeside School; Brandon Leroy, Lakeside School.