Congratulations to Houston Academy softball pitcher Braya Hodges for being voted SBLive’s Alabama High School Athlete of the Week for May 16-22!
In the circle, the sophomore struck out seven and allowed only five hits and one earned run in seven innings pitched to lift Houston Academy to a 3A state title win over Mobile Christian.
Hodges received 41.76% of the vote, beating out Curry's Ambrey Taylor who finished second with 24.83%. Athens' Emily Simon finished third with 11.61% and Orange Beach's Daigle Wilson finished fourth with 8.57%. There were over 53,000 votes tallied this week!
Here are the other athletes who were nominated for May 16-22:
Daigle Wilson, Orange Beach: Wilson had the walk-off hit to lead Orange Beach to a 2A state championship with a 2-1 win over Mars Hill.
Alyssa Faircloth, Holy Spirit: Faircloth went the distance in the circle, striking out 10 batters and only allowing two hits in Holy Spirit's 3-1 win over Skyline for the program's first 1A state title in history.
Ambrey Taylor, Curry: Taylor hit a triple and had the go-ahead RBI to lead Curry to a 4A state championship with a 2-1 win over Geneva.
Becca Benton, Hayden: Benton hit a home run and had an RBI in Hayden's 5A state title win over Alexandria.
Olivia Tindell, Thompson: Tindell went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI in Thompson's 2-0 7A state championship win over Hewitt-Trussville.
Emily Simon, Athens: Simon went the distance in the circle, allowing only one earned run and five hits while striking out nine in Athen's 6A state title win over Helena.
Jax Yoxtheimer, Central-Phenix City: The 7A series MVP tossed a complete-game with six strikeouts to lead Central to a shutout 3-0 win over Hewitt-Trussville - capturing the program's first-ever state championship.
Elliott Bray, Hartselle: The Auburn commit tossed four innings, striking out eight and allowed a hit and a run to help end Pelham’s Cinderella playoff run with a dominating 10-2 win for the 6A state championship.
Cole Dean, Bayshore Christian: Dean hit a three-run double in the top of the sixth inning to lift the Eagles past Lindsay Lane. 8-4, for the 1A state title.
Reed Hill, Russellville: Hill went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and earned MVP honors in Russellville's second straight 5A state title win.