Guntersville went 3-0 en route to winning the county varsity baseball tournament. Team members include, from left:
Front – Cooper Self, Chandler Ross, Lee Menefee, Ryan Quigley, Clayton Daniel, Ford McDonald, John Hollis Kist, Conner Daniel, Triston Charles and Jackson Menefee.
Back – Coach Ryan Bradford, Coach Brad Lett, student coach Zach King, Reed Chandler, A.J. Wilder, Davis Wright, Bryson Massey, Coach Brandon Shelton and Coach Kenny Chaffin.
G’ville claims county
Clayton Daniel threw a shutout – the fourth straight by a Guntersville High School pitcher – as the Wildcats defeated Albertville 4-0 to win the county baseball championship Saturday at Boaz.
Clayton has thrown 2 straight complete games and is 3-0 with a 0.35 earned run average. He also had 3 hits, including a double, with 2 runs scored as Guntersville (9-4) won its 8th straight heading into Tuesday’s game against North Jackson.
The Wildcats reached the championship game with a thrilling 1-0 win over DAR (4-5) behind Ross Chandler’s
complete-game, 3-hitter. Guntersville got the winning run in the bottom of the 6th on a walk, a balk, a bunt and sacrifice fly.
Guntersville defeated Brind-lee Mountain 13-0 in the first round with 8th-grader Cooper Self picking up the win.
“We have been playing better defense and getting good pitching,’’ Wildcats coach Kenny Chaffin said. “You can win games 1-0 and 4-0 when you get pitchers who throw strikes and stay close to the zone.
“I am so proud of the players They are fun to be around. They play for each other and there’s no ‘me’ in them. When you get a group that’s like that good things generally happen to them. We’re still building our foundation and have a long way to go.’’
Making the All-County team from Guntersville were Clayton, A.J. Wilder, Lee Menefee, Reed Chandler and Ross Chandler. Coach Chaffin won Coach of the Year.
In the junior varsity tournament, Albertville defeated
Guntersville 10-8 in the championship game.