Bonamy, Sumner top All-County POY lists
Published 10:31 pm Monday, June 16, 2014
By DREW GRANTHUM/ Sports Editor
One of the marks of great players is the ability to find ways to win.
Such is the case with the 2014 Shelby County Reporter Baseball and Softball Players of the Year. The Spain Park duo of Jon Sumner and M.K. Bonamy seemed to always find a way to give their team the necessary advantage be it at the plate or in the field.
For Bonamy, her 19 home runs helped guide the Jags to a runner-up finish in the AHSAA Class 6A, Area 8 tournament, pushing area champs Pelham to the maximum three games before falling in the final game.
Bonamy also was a driving force in getting Spain Park to the state championship tournament, advancing past in-city rival Hoover before falling to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Despite falling to the Patriots, Bonamy left her mark, blasting a solo home run off the eventual state runners-up.
Bonamy, a junior, has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to prowess at the plate, she also spends time pitching as well as playing third base for the Jags.
Sumner proved to be a spark plug for the Jaguar baseball team’s offense, especially when it mattered most. With his team deadlocked with Sparkman in the opening game of the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship series, Sumner drilled a walk off single to give Spain Park the win and a 1-0 lead in the series.
After the Jags fell to the Senators in game two to knot up the series, Spain Park once again found itself tied with Sparkman late in the game — and once again Sumner came through.
A triple to right brought in three runs to give Spain Park the lead, and ultimately the win. The senior finished the championship series going 2-for-9 with five RBIs in the best of three series, netting the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship Most Valuable Player award for his efforts.
It is this combination of great statistics, recommendations not only from their own coaches, but other coaches from around the county and the ability to provide for their team when needed that led to their being named to the position.
2014 All-County Baseball Team
Player of the Year: Jon Sumner
C: Hunter Stovall, Pelham
IF: Matt Berler, Spain Park
IF: Davis Cox, Thompson
IF: Ethan Simmons, Briarwood
IF: Casey Ballenger, Chelsea
OF: Drew Avans, Thompson
OF: Sam Finnerty, Pelham
OF: Austin Haight, Spain Park
UT: Chase Hamrick, Montevallo
UT: Josh Letson, Evangel
P: Mason Duke, Spain Park
P: Jack Pierce, Pelham
P: Jake Walters, Thompson
P: Jonathan Pintaro, Montevallo
Vincent: Daniel Hawkins, Zack Baucom
Montevallo: Hunter Nabors, Brady Hamer
Calera: B.J. Barker, Dylan Reddin, Tyler Harrell, Colby Mize
Briarwood: Jake Bracewell
Shelby County: Jonathon Palmer
Chelsea: Hunter Howard, Landon Wylie
Oak Mountain: Logan Gibbs, Connor O’Brien
Thompson: Mel Harwell
Pelham: Alex Urban, Alex Weeks, Tyler Payne
Spain Park: Josh Rich, Tristan Widra
Coosa Valley: Zach Spratlin, Niko Teofilo, Michael Mims, Colton Pate
Kingwood: Dillon Calhoun
Cornerstone: Cole Ray, Tim Warren
Hope: Bill Etheredge, Matthew Hyde, Chandler Donegan
Evangel: Peter Lau, Stephen Cullen, Andrew Thompson
SOFTBALL ALL-COUNTY TEAM
Player of the Year: M.K. Bonamy
C: Madi Walker, Pelham
IF: Mary Katherine Tedder, Spain Park
IF: Emily Spain, Pelham
IF: Morgan Reed, Briarwood
IF: Kristian Foster, Pelham
OF: Maygen Boaz-Jeffords, Chelsea
OF: Reagin Curtis, Pelham
OF: Skyler Laird, Calera
UT: Ashlee Sanders, Oak Mountain
UT: Makalla Odom, Vincent
P: Kaitlyn Paschall, Shelby County
P: Samantha Kusiak, Pelham
P: Haley Crumpton, Thompson
P: Destiny Upton, Montevallo
Vincent: Jameia White, Destanie Howard
Calera: Charley Clark, Shelby Clark, Shleby Wright
Briarwood: Rachel Walz, A.V. Seabury
Chelsea: Joslyn Johnston, McKenzie Bryant, Alexis Eisenberg
Oak Mountain: Carmyn Greenwood
Thompson: Sraha Beth Holdbrooks
Pelham: Caitlyn Sapp, Becky Fox,
Spain Park: Marisa Osiga, Julianna Cross, Julie Knight
Hope: Sam Rowley, Sarah Birdsong, Lindy Walker, Amanda Rowley
Evangel: Jessyca Ray, Jordan Swindle, Emily Murray