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PBR Alabama Players of the Week: February 11-20

PBR Alabama Staff

High school baseball season across the state got started on Thursday, February 11 and there have already been numerous top performances across our great state. Some teams have played minimal games due to the weather while other teams have been able to squeeze in games where possible. The list is highlighted by a few dominant pitching performances with a few resulting in no-hitters. As we will do each week, below are our PBR Alabama Players of the Week for February 11-20. We appreciate all of the high school coaches that nominated over 50 players for the week but ultimately this list of 15 makes up the list for Week 1. 




Positional Players:

+ Jayven Williams (2022, OF, Baker)

The junior was 6-9 on the week with 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 9 runs scored and 2 BBs. Williams also was hit by pitch twice and was 12-12 on stolen bases. 

Carter Colvin (2022, OF, Baker) 

 Williams' teammate and fellow junior outfielder also had an outstanding offensive week. He was 9-13 with 4 2Bs, 1 HR and 8 RBIs. Colvin also scored 4 runs and had 2 stolen bases. 

Slate Alford (2021, 3B, Bob Jones)

The recent Super 60 participant has gotten off to a solid start to his senior year. For the week, the Mississippi State signee was 6-13 with1 2B and 1 HR. He also had 3 RBIs while also scoring 5 runs. 

+ Ayden Payne (2022, SS, Jasper)

The Vikings have gotten off to a great start and Payne is part of the reason. In 5 games (all wins), the junior hit at a .667 clip that included 2 2Bs and 4 RBIs. He also scored 7 runs and had 5 stolen bases. 


Pitcher Only:

Ryan Kelley (2022, RHP, Baker)

Kelley delivered some quality innings for the Hornets, For the week, the junior threw 7 innings and had 9 Ks while only allowing 1 hit. Kelly allowed no earned runs during those 7 innings. 

Thomas Ballard (2021, RHP Bob Jones)

 Ballard, a UAB signee, started two games during the week and went 2-0. He tallied 9 innings pitched and allowed no runs. The senior allowed only 4 hits with 13 Ks and 4 BBs.

Will Cannon (2021, RHP, Central Phenix City)

Cannon also went 2-0 for the week as he threw 8 2/3 innings. The Georgia State University signee only allowed 3 hits whie recording 16 Ks versus high quality comppetition. 

Maddux Bruns (2021, LHP, UMS-Wright)

Bruns was downright dominant in his first outing of the year as he threw 4 innings on Saturday. The Mississippi State signee did not allow a hit or run and struck out 11 of the 12 hitters he faced on the day. The senior only allowed 1 BB. 

John Allen Stogner (2021, RHP, Grissom), Rynzo Crutcher (2022, LHP, Grissom)

The Tiger teammates combined for a no hitter in a 2-0 win vs. Austin on Saturday. The duo tallied 16 Ks with 3 BBs and 2 HBPs. Stogner, a Wallace Hanceville signee, went 5 innings and got the win by striking out 12 hitters with only 2 BBs. Crutcher, a southpaw finished off the last 2 inings to get the save. He struck out 4 Black Bears and had 1 BB and 2 HP. 

Bryce Cunningham (2021, RHP, Headland)

It is hard to dominate anymore than Cunningham did in his first start for the Rams in 2021. The Vanderbilt signee threw all 5 innings in the win and did not allow a hit and did not walk anyone. He struck out all 15 hitters he faced. Only one hitter reached base (via error). 


Two Way Players:

+ Zion Morris (2021, RHP/OF, Central Phenix City)

Morris has played a vital role in the Red Devils hot start in 2021 as he has gotten off to a 5-10 start at the plate with 1 3B and 1 HR to go along with 2 SBs. Morris also tossed 3 innings and had 4 Ks and did not allow a run in a save versus Russell County. 

Bryce Sanders (2022, OF/LHP, Central Phenix City)

Likewise with Morris, Sanders has been a key cog for the Red Devils. On the mound, Sanders tossed 4 innings with 7 Ks to start the season 1-0. He also had a big night in Central's 2-1 win over Russell County as he drove in what would be the eventual winning run and also cut down the possible tying run at the plate after cathcing a fly ball in right field.

Thrasher Steed (2022, RHP/1B, Gulf Shores)

Steed had an impressive week for the Dolphins. On the mound Steed tossed 8 innings (2 starts) for the week and went 1-0. He only allowed 6 hits and allowed no earned runs. The UAB commit struck out 10 hitters while only issuing 2 BBs. At the plate he was 7-14 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.  

Colton Pahman (2022, RHP/1B, Faith Christian)

In 3 games during the week, the junior was 5-8 at the plate with 1 2B, 3 BBs, scored 3 runs and drove in 6 runs. he also had 2 stolen bases. On the mound, Pahman was 1-0 with 12 Ks and. while only issuing 1 BB. 


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