Bayshore Christian and Mobile Christian, both two-time reigning state champions in their respective classifications, headline this year’s AL.com Coastal Alabama Terrific 20.
Bayshore, which captured the 1A state title for the second straight season, placed four players on the Terrific 20, including two-time 1A Player of the Year John Malone.
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Class 4A champ Mobile Christian placed three players on the “20 and also captured two of the three top awards with senior Zane Stokes being named Player of the Year and Talley Haines being named Coach of the Year.
The Terrific 20 honors players regardless of class, position or school year and was selected by the al.com sports staff with nominations and input from coaches.
It includes players from Mobile and Baldwin Counties as well as the four counties that border Mobile and Baldwin (Escambia, Monroe, Clarke and Washington).
Here is the 2022 Coastal Terrific 20:
Mikael Bryant, Bayshore Christian, Jr., IF/P
Bryant hit .427 for the two-time champs. He drove in 27 runs and scored 42. On the mound, he was 4-2 with 4 saves. The right-hander had 2 perfect games and struck out 65. He was a first-team Class 1A selection on the infield.
Breyton Cornelius, Baker, Sr., IF/P
Cornelius hit .413 with 35 RBIs and 21 runs scored for the Hornets. He was also 7-2 on the mound with a 2.12 ERA. He was a first-team 7A All-State pick.
Streed Crooms, Bayshore Christian, Jr., IF/P
Crooms went 9-0 on the mound with a 1.82 ERA and one save in 57.2 innings. At the plate, he hit .354 with 21 RBIs and 37 runs scored. Crooms, the MVP of the state championship series, was a first-team All-State Utility player.
Cole Dean, Bayshore Christian, Fr., IF/P
Dean was the Eagles’ second leading hitter with a .479 average. He drove in 39 runs and scored 39 runs. He was a Class 1A first-team all-state selection at DH.
Camden Diamond, Mobile Christian, Sr., P
The Southern Union signee went 12-0 with a 1.43 ERA for the Leopards. He struck out 96 in 68.1 innings and had three shutouts. He was a first-team Class 4A All-State pitcher.
CT Englebert, Saraland, Sr., OF
Englebert hit .342 with 10 doubles, 49 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He struck out just 6 times in 111 at-bats. He was a first-team 6A All-State selection.
Tanner Ewing, Alma Bryant, Sr., IF/P
Ewing helped the Hurricanes into the second round of the Class 7A playoffs. He hit .391 with 28 RBIs. On the mound, he went 7-5 with a 2.37 ERA. He had 2 shutouts. Ewing was an honorable mention All-State selection.
Bryson Goff, Saraland, Jr., P
The left-hander went 6-2 for the Spartans with a 1.35 ERA. He struck out 73 in 57 innings, allowing just 11 earned runs.
Case Hager, Gulf Shores, Sr., P
The left-hander went 9-0 with a 1.78 ERA. He allowed just 12 earned runs in 47 innings and struck out 63. Hager was a first-team 6A All-State selection.
Jackson Howard, Daphne, Sr., IF
Howard hit .383 with 8 homers, 15 doubles and 56 RBIs for Brent Boyd’s Trojans. He also scored 36 runs and stole 19 bases. He was a first-team 7A All-State pick.
Grant Jay, Mobile Christian, Sr., C/OF
Jay hit .345 for the 4A champs with 11 homers and 30 RBIs. He scored 42 runs. He homered in Game 2 of the Class 4A championship series at Jacksonville State.
Charlie Keller, Mobile Christian, Sr., IF/DH
The Mississippi State commit was MVP of this year’s Class 4A championship series in which he belted a pair of homers. He hit .398 for the season with 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 35 runs scored. He was the ASWA’s Class 4A Hitter of the Year.
John Malone, Bayshore Christian, Jr., P/IF
Malone was named Class 1A Player of the Year for the second straight season. He was also a member of the ASWA Super All-State team. He hit .495 with 43 RBIs and 52 runs scored for the Eagles. On the mound, he was 10-1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 79 strikeouts.
Matthew Milner, Saraland, Sr., C/IF
Milner led the Spartans with a .452 average. He had 16 doubles, 39 RBIs and 32 runs scored in 124 at-bats. He also had 16 stolen bases. He was a 6A first-team All-State selection at catcher.
Brett Nestande, Bayside Academy, Sr., P
Nestande went 7-2 for the Admirals with a 0.51 ERA. He threw a pair of shutouts and struck out 66. He was a first-team Class 3A All-State selection.
Hayden O’Dell, St. Paul’s, Sr., P/IF
O’Dell hit .344 for the Saints with 28 stolen bases and 24 RBIs. On the mound, he was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA. He had 3 shutouts and struck out 72. He was an honorable mention Class 5A All-State selection.
Thrasher Steed, Gulf Shores, Sr., UTIL
Steed went 6-4 on the mound with a 2.40 ERA. He threw a no-hitter and struck out 66 batters in 46.2 innings. He also hit .378 at the plate. He was a first-team 6A All-State selection.
Joseph Stephens, Gulf Shores, So., IF
Stephens was the Dolphins’ leading hitter. He hit .400 with 20 RBIs and 28 runs scored. He also stole 10 bases. Stephens also pitched 29 innings with a 1.20 ERA on his way to first-team Class 6A All-State selection.
Justin Wallace, McGill-Toolen, Sr., IF
Wallace hit .421 with 31 stolen bases and 33 runs scored for the Class 6A Yellow Jackets.
Jayven Williams, Baker, Sr., OF
The three-sport star hit .426 for Baker with 27 runs scored and seven stolen bases. He was a first-team 7A All-State pick.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zane Stokes, Mobile Christian, Sr., IF
The senior infielder was also the Class 4A Player of the Year and a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super All-State team. He hit .457 for the Leopards with 10 homers, 36 RBIs and 35 runs scored. He also had 14 doubles. Stokes had 42 hits in 92 at-bats. He will play baseball at Coastal South.
RECENT PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2022: Zane Stokes, Mobile Christian
2021: Maddux Bruns, UMS-Wright
2020: No winner due to COVID-19 pandemic
2019: Chandler Best, McGill-Toolen
2018: Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke’s
2017: Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen
2016: Grant Barber, UMS-Wright
2015: Blaine Crim, St. Paul’s
2014: Jesse McCord, Spanish Fort
2013: Jesse McCord, Spanish Fort
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Miles Drew Johnson, Fairhope, Fr., P
In 15 games, the Pirates’ left-hander went 9-1 with a 1.53 ERA. He struck out 50 batters in 55 innings and allowed just 12 earned runs in leading Fairhope to the 7A, Area 2 championship. He was a second-team Class 7A all-state pitcher.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Talley Haines, Mobile Christian
Haines led the Leopards to a 33-4 record and the school’s fifth state title since 2015. Under Haines, Mobile Christian has won state baseball titles in 2A, 3A and 4A. The Leopards will move up to Class 5A next spring due to the AHSAA’s competitive balance factor. This year, Haines managed expectations and a talented roster as Mobile Christian repeated as 4A champs. His team went 10-0 in the playoffs, sweeping Etowah in the championship series to finish off the season. Haines was also the Coastal Coach of the Year in 2015.
RECENT COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2022: Talley Haines, Mobile Christian
2021: Jeff Hauge, Bayshore Christian
2020: No winner due to COVID-19 Pandemic
2019: Tyler Minto Baker
2018: Matt Seymour, Faith Academy
2017: Kevin Raley, UMS-Wright
2016: Matt Seymour, Faith Academy
2015: Talley Haines, Mobile Christian
2014: Owen Davis, Daphne
2013: Tim Becker, St. Luke’s
BEST OF THE REST
Jackson Achimon, Gulf Shores, Sr., P
Clay Barr, St. Michael, Jr., C
Cole Blaylock, UMS-Wright, Jr., OF
Dylan Bradley, Alma Bryant, Sr., UTIL
Owen Beaverstock, St. Paul’s, Sr., OF
Hollon Brock, Fairhope, Jr., C
Josh Burkett, JU Blacksher, Jr., DH
Kole Busby, Theodore, Sr., C
Brandon Cain, Baker, Sr., OF
Michael Alan Cole, Sweet Water, Sr., IF
Jake Devalk, Bayside Academy, Jr., IF
Seth Drago, Theodore, Sr., OF
Pierce Dutton, Spanish Fort, Jr., OF
Trey Fenderson, Spanish Fort, Sr., IF
Bryce Fick, Davidson, Jr., P/OF
Justin Friend, Mary G. Montgomery, So., P
Bryson Gainey, McGill-Toolen, Sr., IF
Hunter Gibson, Cottage Hill, Sr., P/OF
Sage Givens, Robertsdale, Sr., DH
Lane Goff, Alma Bryant, Sr., C
Josh Gunther, Bayside Academy, Jr., P/IF
Jackson Hatcher, Fairhope, Jr.
Miller Hart, TR Miller, Sr., UTIL
Evan Hilliard, Saraland, So., P
Kyle Hipp, Cottage Hill, Sr., IF
Moo Moo Jackson, Clarke Co., Sr., IF
Caden Jacobs, Spanish Fort, Sr., IF
Will Jordan, UMS-Wright, Sr., IF
Kelly Lanier, Mobile Christian, Sr., P
Trace Luker, Sweet Water, Sr., UTIL
Aiden Macks, Robertsdale, Sr., OF
Jay McCants, Mobile Christian, Sr., OF
Jimmie Moody, Theodore, Jr., IF
Santae McWilliams, Saraland, Fr., OF
Cade Morris, Bayside Academy, Jr., OF
Ethan Parnell, Robertsdale, So., P
Jalen Pickens, Jackson, Jr., DH
Gatlin Pitts, Bayside Academy, So., IF
Trevor Pope, Saraland, Sr.
Shaun Rice, Clarke Co., Jr., P
Grayson Roe, Leroy, Sr., OF
Seth Smith, Mobile Christian, Jr., IF
Marc Stephens, Gulf Shores, Sr., UTIL
Bret Stevens, Mary G. Montgomery, Jr., OF
Colton Sullivan, Jackson Academy, Jr., IF
Dawson Sullivan, Leroy, Sr., P
Olin Ward, UMS-Wright, Jr.
Kobe Wiggins, Robertsdale, Sr., IF
Baylor Williams, Millry, Sr., C
Brandon Williams, Elberta, Sr., OF/P
Colton Wood, Faith Academy, Sr., C
Lashon Young, Sweet Water, Jr., OF
Eli Zielinski, Daphne, Sr., P/OF