A pair of Birmingham-area players swept the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s (ASWA) Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball awards at Sunday’s annual awards banquet.
Spain Park’s Mikey White was named Mr. Baseball while Mortimer Jordan’s Haylie McCleney was tabbed Miss Softball.
“I was hoping that I would have a good senior year,” White said. “I would never have imagined winning these kinds of awards in the same year. It’s incredible.”
“It’s nice to know all the hard work and hours you put in the weight room and at practice every day paid off,” McCleney said. “I’m blessed that I get to go out there and play a sport I love every day.”
Also earning the Gatorade state Player of the Year award, White is the Birmingham area’s first Mr. Baseball, an award that was started in 1999, and he heads the ASWA Super All-State team.
He helped the Jaguars advance to the semifinal round of Class 6A playoffs before losing the final game of a best-of-three series to eventual champion Oxford. The shortstop/pitcher batted .388 with nine home runs, 14 doubles and 19 stolen bases this season.
Center fielder McCleney is also the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and leads the Super All-State team. She was part of three Class 5A state championships during her five seasons and Mortimer Jordan advanced to the championship all five years.
McCleney’s name dots the state record book several times, including this season’s .692 batting average. She swiped 65 bases in 66 attempts this season, contributed 90 hits, scored 64 runs, belted nine homers and struck out only once – another state record -- in 130 at-bats.
ASWA Baseball Super All-State
Thomas Burrows, Mars Hill Bible, Jr.
Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller, Jr.
Sam Gillikin, Hoover, Sr.
Jalen Goree, Bibb County, Sr.
Evan Holland, Guntersville, Jr.
Tucker Simpson, Oxford, Sr.
Dylan Smith, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.
Keegan Thompson, Cullman, Jr.
Mikey White, Spain Park, Sr.
Jameis Winston, Hueytown, Sr.
Mr. Baseball: Mikey White, Spain Park
ASWA Softball Super All-State
Kori Benson, Oak Grove, Sr.
Callie Brister, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, Sr.
Kasey Cooper, Dothan, Jr.
Tori Davis, Cherokee County, Jr.
Peyton Grantham, Daphne, Jr.
Marcy Harper, Hoover, Sr.
Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.
Caroline Seitz, Oak Mountain, Jr.
Taylor West, Saks, Jr.
Maegan Young, Moody, Sr.
Miss Softball: Haylie McCleney, Mortimer Jordan