Hunt Smith ended his high school baseball career with a grand slam Tuesday to lift Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.) to a 8-6 defeat of Whitewater (Fayetteville) in the deciding game of the state AAAAA championship series.
“He’s our captain and he’s had a great year,” said Houston County coach Jason Brett of Smith. “The home run was pretty amazing. We had a few close games during the season, but that wasn’t the norm. Most of our close games were played at the end of the season.”
The win gave Houston County its first baseball state championship. Smith, a senior center fielder who has signed with Georgia Southwestern, also threw a runner out at home and made a leaping catch to prevent a tying run in the sixth inning.onship. Smith, a senior center fielder who has signed with Georgia Southwestern, also threw a runner out at home and made a leaping catch to prevent a tying run in the sixth inning.
Smith leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the top performances:
Jeff Belge, baseball, East Syracuse Minoa, East Syracuse, N.Y.
Sophomore left-hander struck out 21 of the 24 batters he faced in a 2-1 loss Saturday to West Genesee (Camillus) in the a Section 3 Class AA quarterfinal.
Alexa Efraimson, track and field, Camas, Wash.
Junior set the state record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 37.85 seconds in Friday’s West Central/Southwest bidistrict track and field championships.
Erin Larner, tennis, Jesuit, Portland, Ore.
Senior won her fourth consecutive state title with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Cam Kincaid of Lincoln (Portland) on Saturday. Larner did not lose a match in high school.
Jacob Leighton, baseball, Madison, S.D.
Senior right-hander threw a 16-strikeout no-hitter in a 1-0 defeat of West Central (Hartford) in a state Class B semifinal on Monday.
Allie Ostrander, track and field, Kenai Central, Kenai, Alaska
Junior set state records in the 3,200 meters (10:13.87) and 1,600 meters (4:49.47) to win both events at the state meet over the weekend. She also won the 800 at the meet.
Amelia Paladino, track and field, University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Senior, who has signed with West Virginia, won the 800 meters in 2:08.49, the 1,600 in 4:51.74 and 3,200 in 10:25.29 at the Class AAA state meet over the weekend, setting state records in all three events. She scored 30 points for her team in the meet.
Sammy Rae, softball, Quilcene, Wash.
Junior threw a perfect game Friday in a 17-0 defeat of Evergreen Lutheran (Tacoma) in a state 1B semifinal. It was her second no-hitter of the week as she had a no-hitter in a 17-1 defeat of Highland Christian (Arlington) on Wednesday.
Sabrina Shroads, softball, Musselman, Inwood, W.Va.
Sophomore pitcher led her team to a Region II championship with a five-inning no-hitter in an 8-0 defeat of Buckhannon-Upshur (Buckhannon) on Thursday. She struck out 11 of the 18 batters she faced.
Sam Stevens, golf, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Wichita, Kan.
Senior, who has signed with Oklahoma State, won his third consecutive state 5A golf title and led his team to its third consecutive 5A team title on May 19.