Cullman, Dothan stars win top baseball, softball honors

Cullman, Dothan stars win top baseball, softball honors

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Cullman, Dothan stars win top baseball, softball honors

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Cullman’s Keegan Thompson and Dothan’s Kasey Cooper won the state’s top high school baseball and softball awards Sunday.

Thompson was named Mr. Baseball and Cooper Miss Softball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at its annual convention in Jacksonville.

Both are Auburn signees.

Thompson was 9-2 with two saves and an 0.77 ERA in 15 games this year for the Bearcats. He racked up 124 strikeouts against just eight walks and 48 hits allowed in 7223 innings.

Also a shortstop, Thompson hit .420 with 45 RBIs and 35 runs scored in 49 games. He was the state’s top high school pro draft prospect but went undrafted, likely due to his signing bonus demands.

Cullman finished 31-19 and lost in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs in a three-game series to eventual state champion Hartselle.

Cooper, also a shortstop/pitcher, had a .576 batting average, 22 home runs, 75 RBIs and 88 runs scored. She was 26-11 with an 0.84 ERA and 365 strikeouts in 227 innings pitched. Cooper recorded 11 shutouts and four no-hitters.

Dothan finished 45-17 after going 0-2 in the Class 6A state tournament. It was the Tigers’ fourth straight state tournament appearance.

Cooper was named All-State on Sunday for the fourth straight year. Thompson is a three-time All-State player.

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