Edgewood pitcher Hunter Elliot capped off his high school career with a shutout performance on the mound in Game 2 of the state championship series to keep the Wildcats’ season alive as they went on to win a seventh straight title.
For the season, Elliot had a 10-0 record and an 0.78 ERA. He was named first-team All-State, and the AISA pitcher of the year.
How’s it feel to be the All-Metro player of the year?
“It feels pretty great. It’s quite an accomplishment for me. Since the beginning of the season, I’ve been pushing myself all year. A lot of people overlooked me. But I worked hard on and off the field to be a better player and a better person. It’s gotten me this far. So I’m glad and proud.”
How does it feel to win MVP your last game?
“My team helped me win MVP. Not a lot of people know this, but the very first game I ever played in my entire life when I was 5 years old, I also won MVP. So winning MVP my very first game and winning MVP my very last game of high school, it means a lot.”
Has it sunk in that your high school career is over?
“It’s sunk in, it’s hitting me hard. I really don’t plan on playing college ball. I still love the game. I told my parents I didn’t plan on playing and they were like, ‘Oh, it’s because you hate the game.’ No, it’s been my first love my whole life. I’m going to miss it. It has sunk in, it’s terrible.
“Even though we won seven straight titles, I really do miss it. We were out there every day, and that was like my family. We talked to each other more than I talked to anybody. I miss it, even though it’s been a couple of months, I’d go back to that day if I could.”
What’s next for you?
“I’m going to attend AUM and get my business degree. We’ll see what happens after that?
What do you do with all those rings?
“They sit on my dresser. They don’t just collect dust though. I clean them off and hold them every now and then. I may wear them out to eat.”
Have you ever worn them all at once?
“I have, just to hear them dangle like jingle bells. But not really.”
As someone who’s been a part of seven championships, what’s the key to winning it all?
“What fueled us every year was, every year we’d win a state championship and then our key players would graduate. Then you hear outside, ‘They lost this player, they lost that player, so they’re not going to win a state championship.’ But that fueled us. And, little do they know, after people left, more people came in and contributed to our team. We became more of a family, built off each other, and we figured it out from there.”
Who is your favorite Disney character?
“It’d probably be Woody from ‘Toy Story.’ I have his outfit. It only fits on about one leg now, but I used to wear it around all the time.”
If you won the lottery, what are you getting for yourself?
“Ocean-front property. I’d have to get a house on the beach. Probably Laguna Beach.”
If you had to sing karaoke, what song are you picking?
” ‘I’m Bringing Sexy Back’ (by Justin Timberlake). That describes me real well.”
AISA ALL-METRO BASEBALL TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: HUNTER ELLIOT, EDGEWOOD
P — Hunter Elliot, Sr., Edgewood
Had a 10-0 record for the state champion Wildcats. Threw 63 innings with a 0.78 ERA, 26 strikeouts and four shutouts. First-team All-State. AISA pitcher of the year.
P — Logan Coleman, Sr., Macon-East
Had 105 strikeouts and a 10-2 record for the state runner-up Knights. Threw 65 innings with a 1.18 ERA. Alabama Southern Community College signee. First-team All-State.
P — Chapman Dean, Sr., Macon-East
Had 68 strikeouts and a 10-2 record for the state runner-up Knights. Threw 50 innings with a 2.38 ERA. Batted .373 with 40 RBIs and three home runs. Second team All-State at first base.
P — Tyler Dutton, Jr., Autauga Academy
Had 77 strikeouts and a 9-2 record for the state runner-up Generals. Threw 60 innings with a 2.92 ERA. Second-team All-State.
INF — Jolan Stieringer, Sr., Edgewood
Batted .398 with 42 RBIs for the state champion Wildcats. Also five doubles, three triples and six stolen bases. First-team All-State.
INF — Zach Paulene, Sr., Autauga Academy
Batted .391 with 40 RBIs for the state runner-up Generals. Also had six doubles, seven home runs and five stolen bases. First-team All-State.
INF — Tyler Sheehan, Sr., Macon-East
Batted .434 with 31 RBIs for the state runner-up Knights. Also had nine doubles, four stolen bases and one home run. Second-team All-State.
INF — Noah Eller, Jr., Edgewood
Batted .453 with 30 RBIs for the state champion Wildcats. First-team All-State.
INF — Hunter White, Sr., Macon-East
Batted .391 with 41 RBIs for the state runner-up Knights. Also had 13 doubles and two stolen bases. Honorable mention All-State.
OF – Jackson Tate, So., Edgewood
Batted .371 with 37 RBIs for the state champion Wildcats. Also had 10 doubles and 29 stolen bases. First-team All-State.
OF –— D.J. Thomas, Sr., Hooper
Batted .456 with 28 RBIs for the Colts. Also had 22 doubles, 21 stolen bases and three home runs.
OF — Michael Scribner, Sr., Lowndes Academy
Batted .477 with 14 RBIs for the Rebels. Also stole 20 bases, had three doubles and two triples. Second-team All-State.
OF — Matt Johnson, Sr., Macon-East
Batted .438 with 36 RBIs for the state runner-up Knights. Also had nine doubles, three home runs and 15 stolen bases. Second-team All-State
C — Keith Johnson, Sr., Edgewood
Batted .310 with 31 RBIs for the state champion Wildcats. Also had seven doubles and six stolen bases. Second-team All-State.
UTL — Bryan Todd Seymore, Sr., Autauga Academy
Batted .455 with 41 RBIs for the state runner-up Generals. Also had 16 doubles, six home runs and 10 stolen bases. Had a 2.41 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 6-2 record in 32 innings on the mound. Threw one perfect game. Jeff Davis Community College signee. First-team All-State.
DH — Jake Sisson, Sr., Edgewood
Batted .360 with 31 RBIs for the state-champion Wildcats. Also had 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Second-team All-State.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bobby Carr, Edgewood
Autauga Academy: Josh Milliman, Kyle Chandler. Edgewood: Tyler Matthews, Caleb Sullivan. Evangel Christian: Caleb Rigsby, Nick Whitfield. Hooper: Hunter LeJeune. Lowndes Academy: David Hussey. Macon-East: Will Graham, Tripp Adams, Cannon Colwell, Zachary Kevin.
— Team compiled by Ethan Bernal in consultation with area coaches. The All-Metro area covers Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.