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Alma sports wrap 5/20/22

Alma sports wrap

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 

 

Bush, Airedales hoping to add depth for ‘22 season

Alma football coach Rusty Bush doesn’t necessarily have the numbers he’d like. 

 

But he’s not unhappy with the team’s depth. 

 

The Airedales wrapped up spring practice this week by fulfilling the one goal the third-year coach set out to do - create depth. 

 

“The biggest thing is trying to create some depth,” Bush said. “We’re trying to see what these younger guys who had minimal or not much playing time last year, see what they can do after six months in the weight room. I feel like we’ve done that.”

 

The Airedales open the 2022 season on Aug. 23 against Van Buren. 

 

“Our numbers aren’t extremely high, as far as roster numbers go, but I feel like we’ve got a chance to be pretty deep in a lot of areas,” Bush said. 

 

Spring practice allowed the ninth graders a chance to get up to speed. The Airedales are expecting big things from a number of ninth graders, including Eli Waldrop and Israel Towns-Robinson. 

 

“These ninth graders coming in, they’ve done a tremendous job adapting to high school football,” Bush said. “That’s a tough transition when you go up against guys anywhere from two to two-and-a-half years older than you. They haven’t backed down one bit. 

 

SOFTBALL 

 

Senior Makenzie Martin finished her Alma softball career with back-to-back all-state and all-conference honors. Martin did a lot of damage at the plate, too. 

 

Martin signed to play at Eastern Oklahoma State College. 

 

Martin finished her outstanding career with 99 hits for a .456 batting average. She slugged 15 career homers, including nine during the 2022 season. Martin had a 10-game hitting streak as a freshman, then went 30-for-48 during a 15-game hitting streak this past season. 

 

Martin batted .538 this past season.  

 

Martin compiled an overall pitching mark of 29-14 with a 3.11 earned run average. She logged 249 career strikeouts. 

 

Fellow senior Taelynn Perry earned all-state and all-conference nods as well. The standout third baseman finished her career with 123 hits, including eight homers, while batting .471 for her career. 

 

Perry hit .432 this season with five home runs and a team-high 31 RBIs.  

 

Perry had a 15-game hitting streak between March 9, 2020, and April 3, 2021. She followed that with a 12-game hitting streak between April 3, 2021, and April 24, 2021. 

 

Perry hit safely in 14 straight games (March 28-April 20) this past season. 

 

Sophomore Jada Wallis earned all-conference for the 2022 season. Wallis finished a big campaign with a blistering .359 batting average. Wallis also smacked four home runs and finished with 13 extra-base hits. 

 

SOCCER 

 

Alma junior soccer standouts Presli Taylor and Olivia Reed were named to the 5A-West All-Conference team this week. 

 

Taylor set a single-season record with 11 goals this season. She has 15 career goals in all, six shy of Alyssa Thomas’ school record of 21. 

 

Reed scored five goals this season and has nine for her career. 

 

For the Airedales, senior Eric Dover, junior Demetrio Cerda, and sophomore Carlos Gonzalez were named all-conference. 

 

Dover set the single-season record with eight, breaking Andrew Duncan's previous single-season mark of seven. He has nine career goals, which is the most by any Airedale. 

 

Gonzalez finished with 22 blocks and one goal. The all-conference trio played in all 

 

BASEBALL 

 

Alma senior Logan Taylor and junior Derek Hatcher were both named to the 5A-West All-Conference baseball team. It’s the second time in as many seasons Taylor has earned all-league honors. 

 

A four-year starter at first base, he started a school-record 30 games on the mound, including 20 conference starts. He logged 149 career innings, striking out 117 hitters and fashioning a 3.41 career earned run average. 

 

Taylor signed to play with Carl Albert State College. 

 

Hatcher had a breakout junior campaign for the Airedales, hitting .391 with three home runs and 15 runs batted in. Hatcher also scored 11 runs. 

 

Hatcher led the team with 17 hits and seven doubles as well. Hatcher batted .382 (13-for-34) during the 5A-West play. 

 

He missed two weeks in March with an injury. He also led the team with a six-game hitting streak between March 10-26, where he batted .556 (10-for-18).