It’s been a season to remember for Lowndes Academy junior first baseman Paige Hill.
After leading her team to a state title and winning the tournament MVP, being named the 2013 AISA All-State Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association is just the cherry on top.
“I’m just really excited,” Hill said. “I’m so thankful for the coaches and my teammates and my family. Most importantly, I’m thankful to God for allowing to have the athletic ability to play this sport. It’s been such a blessing.”
Hill, who was the AISA hitter of the year in 2011, is the only Lowndes player to win a major ASWA award in any of the four All-State sports. She helped her team to a 29-7 record and its first state title since 2008.
Hill hit a two-run home run and pitched the final three innings in the Rebels’ 8-1 win over Autauga Academy in the state title game, earning Class AA tournament MVP honors.
She batted .509 with 10 home runs, 52 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 36 games. Hill went 18-5 with a 1.43 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 132 innings.
“Paige is the backbone of our team,” Lowndes coach Matt Marshall said. “She’s been starting for me since the seventh grade, and she’s got a lot of experience and is a good leader for us. A lot of our players look to her to put us in positions to win games.”
Joining Hill in the AISA team is teammate Mallory McCurdy at third base. Shortstop Jesi Garrett, outfielder Abby Smith and utility player Devin Kennedy represent Class AAA champion Macon-East. Edgewood senior Kelsey Hartley was selected as the designated hitter, giving Edgewood its 19 All-State selection.
Lowndes now has had 12 players selected to the All-State team, and Macon-East’s trio gives them seven in all, six in the last two years.
Alabama Christian sophomore Caitlin Perry was named the Class 4A Pitcher of the Year to continue the Eagles’ streak of having an All-State player in each of the 10 years the ASWA has selected a team. Perry is ACA’s 19th All-State player.
Catholic second baseman Lauren Walker and Trinity outfielder Claire Wilder were named to the Class 3A squad. Walker is the Knights’ second All-State player, joining 2005 third baseman Lauren Vercelli, and Wilder joins last year’s first baseman Kayla Hale as the second All-State player for the Wildcats.
Prattville Christian outfielder Nicole Hoots was named to the Class 2A team. The sophomore is the first Panther to be selected to All-State.