Marbury’s Jared Nixon had a stellar senior season, helping the Bulldogs to their fourth straight state quarterfinals appearance.
The UAB signee batted .549 with 40 RBIs, along with 11 doubles, six triples, 10 home runs and 27 stolen bases.
For the second straight year, Nixon was named Class 5A first-team All-State.
How does it feel to be selected as the All-Metro player of the year?
“It’s a great achievement. I just want to say thanks to all of my teammates and the coaching that I’ve grown up having.”
Any particular moments from this season stick out to you?
“There’s probably two moments. We were at Hoover up by two going into the last inning, and I was supposed to pitch. I gave up two runs with no outs and the bases were loaded. I knew I had to strike the next three out, and I struck three batters out and the game was tied. In the bottom half of the inning, there was one out, and I was up. I got a hit and stole second, and while I was stealing second they threw the ball away and I went to third. They threw it by the third baseman, and I stole home for a walk-off steal around the bases. I’ll probably always remember that.
“The second thing was probably the memory of not being able to play high school baseball again.”
You helped Marbury to the quarterfinals four straight years. Is it bittersweet?
“I’ve always dreamed of winning a state championship. It means a lot that we’ve made it to the third round every year, but I’ve always wanted to take it one step further, even two steps further. It was always our dream ever since we lost the second time just to make it one more round and see what would happen. It was a good and bad thing at the same time.”
What’s your favorite Disney movie?
“There’s two that are my favorites. ‘Fox and the Hound’, it gets to you. ‘Toy Story,’ because I’ve grown up around it. I had a Woody doll when I was little.”
If you won the lottery, what would you buy for yourself?
“I’d buy a mansion with a secret laboratory that’s like my man cave. It’d by in my closet with a passcode and a hand scanner and all that.”
If I forced you to sing karaoke, what song would you pick?
“‘Ice Ice Baby’ (by Vanilla Ice).”
Where would you go if you got to take one round trip in a time machine?
“I’d probably want to go to about 10 years from now to see where I’m at in life. I’d probably ask myself some stuff.”
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER ALL-METRO CLASS 5A-7A BASEBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:JARED NIXON, MARBURY
P — Chandler Taylor, Sr., Alabama Christian
Had a 1.10 ERA and 5-2 record with four saves for the Eagles. Struck out 87 batters in 442/3 innings and threw two shutouts. Also batted .410 with 25 RBIs and eight home runs. First-team All-State. Alabama signee.
P — Wallace Henry, Jr., Marbury
Had a 0.79 ERA and 8-2 record for the state quarterfinalist Bulldogs. Struck out 89 batters in 62 innings and threw four shutouts. Second-team All-State.
P — Chandler Mullins, Sr., Prattville
Had a 1.51 ERA and 5-2 record for the Lions. Struck out 51 batters in 461/3 inningS and threw four complete games. Batted .373 with 20 RBIs, six doubles and 10 stolen bases. Second-team All-State. Wallace-Selma signee.
P — Cody Herring, Jr., Wetumpka
Had a 2.88 ERA and 4-5 record for the Indians. Struck out 62 batters in 51 innings. Also batted .388 with eight RBIs.
INF — Jared Nixon, Sr., Marbury
Batted .549 with 40 RBIs for the state quarterfinalist Bulldogs. Also had 11 doubles, six triples, 10 home runs and 27 stolen bases. First-team All-State. UAB signee.
INF — Will Peters, So., Tallassee
Batted .398 with 26 RBIs for the Tigers. Also had 10 doubles and 16 stolen bases.
INF — Elijah Stewart, Sr., Prattville
Batted .329 with 23 RBIs for the Lions. Also had a 2.53 ERA and 5-3 record. Struck out 32 batters in 441/3 innings.
INF — Jarrett Houston, Sr., Stanhope Elmore
Batted .379 with 21 RBIs for the Mustangs. Also had six doubles and three stolen bases.
INF — Rhett Hollon, Sr., Prattville
Batted .400 with 14 RBIs for the Lions. Also had eight doubles, two triples, one home run and five stolen bases. Alabama Southern Community College signee.
INF — Melvin Tyus, Sr., G.W. Carver
Batted .340 with 24 RBIs and four home runs for the Wolverines. Troy football signee.
OF — Brandon Baynes, Sr., Tallassee
Batted .466 with 25 RBIs for the Tigers. Also had 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 stolen bases. Second-team All-State.
OF — Gabe Wurtz, Sr., Marbury
Batted .379 with 40 RBIs for the state quarterfinalist Bulldogs. Also had nine doubles, eight home runs and seven stolen bases.
OF — Mason Miller, Sr., Robert E. Lee
Batted .387 for the Generals. Stole 30 bases this season and has a school-record 93 stolen bases for his career. Concordia College signee.
C — Reid Whitaker, So., Tallassee
Batted .418 with 20 RBIs for the Tigers. Also had 10 doubles, two triples and three stolen bases.
UTL — Dylan Hathcock, Jr., Tallassee
Batted .383 with 30 RBIs for the Tigers. Also had nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and seven stolen bases. Had a 2.33 ERA and 6-2 record on the mound. Struck out 49 batters in 54 innings. Honorable mention All-State.
DH — Grayson Blackwell, Jr., Alabama Christian
Batted .471 with 30 RBIs for the Eagles. Also had two home runs. Honorable mention All-State.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lyman Woodfin, Marbury
Alabama Christian: Jackson Britton. G.W. Carver: Mike McKenney. Jeff Davis: Bernard Davison, Brian Davison, Tariq Aaron. Marbury: Brett Spires, Will Lyons. Prattville: Trevor Morgan, Bryson Williams, Tanner Baumann. Robert E. Lee: Xavier Taylor, John Britton, Courtlandt Townsend. Stanhope Elmore: Dylan Sexton. Tallassee: Lane Yankee. Wetumpka: Triston Hughes.
— Team compiled by Ethan Bernal in consultation with area coaches. The All-Metro area cover Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.