Meet the AL.com Coastal Alabama Terrific 20 baseball team for 2021
The Alabama Coast baseball teams had a historic season in 2021.
Three teams – Bayshore Christian, Mobile Christian and Faith Academy – all won state championships, and another (Bayside Academy) finished second.
This year’s Mr. Baseball in the state – UMS-Wright’s Maddux Bruns – is also from Coastal Alabama.
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All of this made the second AL.com Coastal Alabama Terrific 20 difficult to choose. This team honors players regardless of class, position or school year and was selected by al.com sports staff with nominations and feedback from coaches.
It includes players from Mobile and Baldwin counties as well as the four counties that border Mobile and Baldwin (Escambia, Monroe, Clarke and Washington).
Here is the Coastal Terrific 20 2021:
John Malone, Bayshore Christian, Soph., P / INF
Malone led Bayshore Christian to a Class 1A state title. He was the MVP of the final and was named ASWA Class 1A Player of the Year. Malone reached 0.494 with 40 RBIs and 36 RBIs. He was 6-0 with seven saves on the mound in just 37 innings pitched. He had an ERA of 0.92.
Bryce Eddington, St. Luke’s, Sr., P / INF
Eddington was 8-1 on the mound with two shutouts and a no-hitting game. He had a 1.91 ERA and struck out 65 catches at bat. At home plate, he hit 0.488 with 16 doubles and 16 stolen goals. He was an All-State Class 2A selection of the first team.
Josh Gunther, Bayside Academy, Soph., P / INF
Gunther was named Class 4A Launcher of the Year. He went 9-2 with a 0.71 ERA. He struck out 100 batters and walked 24. At home plate he hit .360 with 30 runs scored.
Grant Jay, Mobile Christian, Jr., C
Jay was named Class 5A hitter of the year after helping the Leopards win another state title. He hit .457 with 9 homers, 14 doubles and 34 RBIs. He also had 19 stolen bases.
Kelly Lanier, Mobile Christian, Jr., P / INF
Lanier has been perfect on the mound this year, going 10-0 with one save. He had a 2.30 ERA in 15 innings pitched. He was an ASWA Class 4A First Team selection and was MVP of the State Title Series against Oneonta when he doubled, trebled and ran in the title match .
Charlie Keller, Mobile Christian, Jr., INF
The Mississippi State Engagement was named Class 4A Player of the Year. He reached 0.340 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 49 runs scored.
Maddux Bruns, UMS-Wright, Sr., P / OF
Bruns went 7-0 with a 0.86 ERA. He allowed just 13 hits and six earned runs in 49 innings, recording two shutouts and a perfect game. He struck out 102 and walked only 19. He also hit .337. He was named Class 5A pitcher and player of the year as well as Mr. State Baseball.
Will Passeau, St. Paul’s, Sr., P / INF
Passeau helped the Saints advance to the Class 5A semifinals this year. At home, he hit .449 and produced 37 runs. On the mound, he was 7-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 100 strikeouts. He was a Class 5A All-State selection of the first team.
Peyton Bell, Faith Academy, Sr., P / OF
Bell was 12-1 with a 1.38 ERA on the mound. He struck out 101 batters in 76 innings pitched. At home, he touched .378 with 18 stolen goals. He was an all-state selection of Class 6A from first team to pitcher.
Parker Carlson, Faith Academy, Sr., P / OF
Auburn’s signer was a key part of the Rams’ Class 6A title on the mound and in the field. He reached 0.373 with 12 doubles and 29 RBIs. His grand slam in the eighth round of Game 3 against Hartselle sealed Faith’s championship and he was named MVP. On the mound, he was 8-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 65.1. sleeves. He was a Class 6A All-State selection of the first team.
Gabe Broadus, Faith Academy, Sr., INF
Broadus reached .414 with 14 doubles and 40 RBIs for state champions Class 6A. He stole 32 goals and scored 33 points. He was part of the All-State selection of the first team in class 6A.
Thrasher Steed, Gulf Shores, Jr., P
Steed was 9-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 65.2 innings. He had 81 batters, walked just 18 and allowed just 11 earned runs. He was part of the Class 6A First Team All-State selection as a utility player.
Kline Smith, Saraland, Sr., UTL
Smith reached 0.471 with 48 points scored and 28 goals stolen for the Spartans. He was an all-state selection from Class 6A from first team to designated hitter.
Eli Zielinski, Daphne, Jr., P / OF
Zielinski played a key role in the Trojans’ race to the quarterfinals of Class 7A. He went 9-2 with a 1.20 ERA. He struck out 122 batters in 75 innings. He had five shutouts and one hit. He was part of the All-State selection of the Class 7A first team as a utility player.
Jayven Williams, Baker, Jr., OF
The Class 7A States first team pick reached 0.410 with 38 points scored and 38 goals stolen for the Hornets.
Streed Crooms, Bayshore Christian, Soph., P / INF
Another part of the Eagles’ young and busy state championship team. Crooms has been Bayshore’s # 1 pitcher all year. He went 8-4 with a save and a 2.46 ERA. At home plate he hit .432 and scored 38 points. He was part of the All-State selection of the first class 1A team in the public service position.
Robert Rucando, Bayside Academy, Sr., C
Rucando reached .384 with 10 doubles and 26 RBIs to lead the Admirals to their first place in the Class 3A title streak. He scored 37 points, stole 12 goals and played stellar defense behind plate all year. He was part of the Class 3A All-state First Selection Team at Designated Hitter.
Justin Brunson, Baldwin County, Jr., OF
Brunson hit .440 for the Tigers with 24 RBIs, 31 RBIs and 16 Steals. It was an all-state selection with Class 6A Honorable Mention.
Blake Jernigan, TR Miller, Sr., P
Jernigan was 7-1 with an ERA of 0.85. He’s allowed six earned runs all season and struck out 90 batters. He was part of the All-State selection of the first class 3A team.
Braxton Hughes, Saraland, Sr., OF
Hughes hit .398 for the Spartans with 5 homers, 12 doubles and 30 RBIs. He also scored 35 points and stole 13 goals. He was an All-State selection of the Class 6A second team.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Hauge, Bayshore Christian
Hauge led Bayshore Christian to the State Class 1A title in its first season as an AHSAA playoff-eligible team. The Eagles rallied after losing Game 1 of the title series to Donoho to sweep Games 2 and 3 by a combined score of 28-0. Bayshore finished the season 28-9 with just one senior on the roster.
RECENT COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS:
2020: No winner due to COVID-19 pandemic
2019: Tyler Minto, Baker
2018: Matt Seymour, Faith Academy
2017: Kevin Raley, UMS-Wright
2016: Matt Seymour, Faith Academy
2015 : Talley Haines, mobile Christian
2014 : Owen Davis, Daphne
2013: Tim Becker, Saint-Luc
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maddux Bruns, UMS-Wright
As mentioned above, the Mississippi State Signatory was the State 5A Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year and Mr. Baseball. He is expected to be a first or second round pick in the MLB Draft next month.
RECENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2020: No winner due to COVID-19 pandemic
2019: Chandler Best, McGill-Toolen
2018: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s
2017: Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen
2016: Grant Barber, UMS-Wright
2015 : Blaine Crim, St. Paul’s
2014 : Jesse McCord, Spanish Fort
2013: Jesse McCord, Spanish Fort
THE BEST OF THE REST
Rashad Robinson, mobile Christian
Hayden Redding, mobile Christian
Bryson Goff, Saraland
Ivan Shultz, Saint-Paul
Vinnie Bosio, St. Paul
Tyrese Rooks, St. Paul’s
CT Englebert, Saraland
Cam Brock, Fairhope
Cole Berry, Faith Academy
Cole Blaylock, UMS-Wright
Trey Fenderson, Spanish Fort
Matthew Thompson, Strong Spanish
Kobe Wiggins, Robertsdale
Joe Williams, Cottage Hill
Drake Seibert, Daphne
Hunter Evans, Mary G. Montgomery
Avery Malone, Leroy
Josh Neutze, Saint-Luc
Connor Roberts, Gulf Shores
Spencer Arceneaux, McGill-Toolen
Larkin Toth, McGill-Toolen
Gabe Hunt, Theodore
Pierce Dutton, Spanish Fort
Sage Givens, Robertsdale
Caden bumpers, Clarke Prep
Luke Werneth, Bayshore Christian
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