All-Metro Player of the Year 1A-4A Softball: Abby Norris

All-Metro Player of the Year 1A-4A Softball: Abby Norris


All-Metro Player of the Year 1A-4A Softball: Abby Norris


All Metro 1A-4A Softball player Abby Norris of LAMP.

All Metro 1A-4A Softball player Abby Norris of LAMP.

* First-team Class 4A All-State.

* Had a .493 batting average, 46 RBIs and 65 runs scored in 46 games. Hit nine home runs, seven triples and 11 doubles, giving her an .849 slugging percentage.

* Led LAMP to a 38-7 record, the most wins in school history, and its second state tournament appearance.

* The Golden Tigers, with Norris and sophomore pitcher Reagan Watkins, marked their second and third All-State softball players. Sara Allen was All-State in 2006.

* Norris’ dad, Anthony, is LAMP’s head coach. His assistant is Reagan’s dad, Jamie.

* Also played volleyball.

* Has two sisters: Jessie, who was a sophomore this season, and 11-year-old Gracey.

Favorite home run?

Probably the first home run I hit off Alabama Christian because I hit it off Caitlin Perry, and she was the All-Metro player of the year the last two years. We’ve played together since we were fairly little, so that one meant a lot.

Did you admire it?

No. That one, I wasn’t really sure it was over. When it went over, I thought, “Oh my gosh, I just hit a home run off Caitlin Perry.” Coach Watkins was at first base yelling “go, go, go.” When I got there, he said, “Good job.”

College softball?

I had offers from North Alabama, Millsaps and some junior colleges, but I have a full academic scholarship from Troy. It’s better for my family financially for me to go to Troy, even though I’m not playing.

I’m still thinking about walking on, but I don’t know when they do the tryouts. My travel ball coach and I talked to the Troy coach.

I emailed her and told her that my ACT score covers all the money and “I just want to play.” I’m hoping to hear from her about that.

When has Coach Dad embarrassed you?

I just call him dad. He doesn’t usually embarrass me on the field. He’s pretty chill. I’m trying to think of a time, but he doesn’t have a lot of drama. I’d give it right back to him.

Harder: volleyball or softball?

Probably softball. There’s a little more pressure because dad is the coach and that’s my main sport, so I work a lot harder at it. The actual sport isn’t harder, but I worked harder at it.

Movie plans?

I want to see “The Longest Ride.” It’s already out, but I haven’t seen it. It’s a romance. I want to see that.

The new “Star Wars” is out in December.

I don’t know. I never watched any of the “Star Wars” movies. I don’t have a brother and dad doesn’t like those, so I just never watched them.

My favorite movie of all time is “Top Gun.” My dad and mom both like that movie.

Favorite softball player?

Currently, it’s probably Florida’s Lauren Haeger because they won the national championship and she hits and pitches, which is awesome.

I’m an Alabama football fan. In softball, I like pretty much anybody in the SEC, even Auburn — in softball. Not in football.

LAMP class you hated?

Oh, the AP literature class that I took this year. I did not like it at all. It was terrible.

I just don’t like English, and we had to read all these books and all this Shakespeare stuff. I was like, “Can we please just go do some math?” That’s my subject.

I like math because it’s easy and there’s just one answer. There’s not like 500 explanations. I don’t like all the “maybe it’s this” or “maybe it’s that.”

When were you most in trouble?

It was probably when we were having a party at church. It was a church thing. I got home late and my dad wanted to know why I was so late. I got home at like 1:30, but I was at church.

Sisterly competition?

We probably compete the most in softball. Sometimes, we get into it in Wii games, like Mario Kart. I beat them the most in softball, but Gracey can draw and Jessie does dance. They have the artistic stuff. I don’t have any of that.

I don’t sing, dance or play an instrument. I don’t do any of that.


Player of the Year: Abby Norris, LAMP


P: Reagan Watkins, So., LAMP

First-team Class 4A All-State. Was 26-4 with an 0.79 ERA. In 1592/3 innings, gave up 95 hits with 35 walks and 248 strikeouts.

P: Katlyn Childress, So., Billingsley

First-team Class 1A All-State. Finished with a 1.61 ERA and 273 strikeouts in 1781/3 innings. Recorded seven shutouts, including three no-hitters. Had a 20-14 record. Two-time All-State. Two-time All-Metro.

P: Kaylyn Dismukes, 8th, Holtville

Honorable mention Class 4A All-State. Was 21-13 with a 2.63 ERA despite allowing barely one baserunner per inning pitched.

P: Michaelyn Foster, So., Catholic

Second-team Class 4A All-State. Was 10-12 with a 3.31 ERA, though her strongest numbers came with a bat. Threw a two-hitter in a season-ending loss. Hit .372 with 24 runs scored and 18 RBIs in 29 games.

C: Courtney Ray, Jr., LAMP

Had a .503 on-base percentage and slugged .579. Hit .406 with 26 walks in 47 games. Knocked in 51 runs.

IF: Abby Norris, Sr., LAMP

First-team Class 4A All-State. Posted an .849 slugging percentage thanks to nine home runs, seven triples and 11 doubles. Scored 65 runs and had 46 RBIs in 46 games. Three-time All-Metro.

IF: Elissa Brown, Jr., Elmore County

First-team Class 4A All-State. Hit .500 with 41 stolen bases and 49 runs scored in 35 games. Two-time All-State. Two-time All-Metro.

IF: Haley Britt, Sr., Elmore County

Honorable mention Class 4A All-State. Had a .527 on-base percentage with 31 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 92 at-bats. Shelton State Community College signee. Was All-State as a junior.

IF: Hannah Dailey, So., St. James

Finished with 29 RBIs and 36 runs scored in 34 games. Had a .423 average with 19 steals.

IF: Ashley Schultz, Jr., Prattville Christian

Honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Hit .356 with 28 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

OF: Nicole Hoots, Sr., Prattville Christian

Honorable mention Class 3A All-State. Had a .493 on-base percentage and slugged .687. Scored 50 times and had 47 RBIs in 45 games. Central Alabama Community College signee. Two-time All-Metro. Was All-State as a junior.

OF: Madison Motley, Fr., Billingsley

Second-team Class 1A All-State. Hit .329 and swiped 24 bases with 23 runs scored in 28 games. Two-time All-Metro.

OF: Arianna Atchley, 8th, Prattville Christian

Scored 52 times and had 41 stolen bases in 49 games. Had a .424 on-base percentage and slugged .541.

OF: Adrienne Stephens, Sr., Elmore County

Finished with a .364 average and 31 runs scored in 34 games. Faulkner signee.

Utility: Ariel Cleckler, Sr., Billingsley

Second-team Class 1A All-State. Hit .347 with 18 walks against nine strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Scored 31 times in 34 games.

DH: Abby Tindol, Fr., Billingsley

First-team Class 1A All-State. Had a .457 on-base percentage with 23 steals and 32 runs scored in 32 games.


Billingsley: Anna Asbury; Catholic: Aleigha Walden; Elmore Co.: Kenya Brown; Holtville: Julia Porter; LAMP: Haley Davis; Prattville Chr.: Kathryn Fallen, Aliyah Hamilton, Melissa Townsend; St. James: Mary Villageois; Trinity: Mary Stuart Goocher, Betsy Powell.


Anthony Norris, LAMP

Led the Golden Tigers to a school-record 38 wins and the second state tournament appearance in school history (2006). After finishing 18-11 last year, LAMP was 38-7 this season. Has a 129-79-1 record in six seasons.

— Teams compiled by A. Stacy Long in consultation with area coaches. The All-Metro area covers Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore and Lowndes counties.

No information received from Autaugaville or Central-Hayneville. BTW Magnet, Calhoun and Montgomery Academy did not field varsity teams.

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