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    Montgomery Catholic Knights Improve to 7-6 before the shut down as the Varsity Knights Defeat Elmore County this past Saturday

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity snatched the lead late in the game in a 7-6 victory over Elmore County on Saturday. The game was tied at five with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batting in the bottom of the sixth when Hudson Parrish singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    Elmore County scored four runs in the fourth inning, but Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity still managed to pull out the victory. Elmore County offense in the inning was led by PlayerJPlayerMPlayerN, and PlayerO, who each had RBIs in the inning.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity captured the lead in the second inning. Morris Carmichael grounded out, scoring one run.

    Carmichael earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He lasted four innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out four.

    Christian Ivey started the game for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He surrendered two runs on three hits over three innings, striking out four

    Parrish went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity in hits.

    PlayerJ led Elmore County with two hits in five at bats.

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    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Beats Jefferson Davis By 15 Runs

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity blew out Jefferson Davis 16-1 on Thursday.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity fired up the offense in the first inning, when Hudson Parrish doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity scored six runs in the third inning. Morris CarmichaelChristian IveySpencer Bach, and Patrick Ryan all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

    Carmichael was on the pitcher's mound for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed one hit and zero runs over two innings, striking out one and walking zero.

    #5 toed the rubber for Jefferson Davis. He surrendered six runs on four hits over one and one-third innings, walking zero. #23 and #4 entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning respectively.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity racked up 11 hits in the game. Ivey and Austin Cleghorn all collected multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityIvey led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity with three hits in four at bats.

    #3 went 1-for-1 at the plate to lead Jefferson Davis in hits.

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    Ivey Shines At The Plate In Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Victory Over Greenville

    Four hits from Christian Ivey helped lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity past Greenville 10-3 on Monday. Ivey singled in the first, singled in the second, doubled in the fourth, and singled in the seventh.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity opened up scoring in the first inning. Patrick Ryan singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity scored four runs in the fourth inning. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batters contributing to the big inning included IveyNathan DownesRyan, and Darian Riley, who all drove in runs.

    Colby Zaleski was credited with the victory for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He went five and a third innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out seven. Ryan and JC Hardigree entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity racked up 14 hits on the day. Ivey and Ryan each had multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityIvey went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity in hits. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity tore up the base paths, as four players stole at least two bases. Morris Carmichael led the way with three.

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    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Takes Victory In High-Scoring Game Over Luverne, 11-6

    Both pitching staffs had their hands full on Saturday in a high-scoring affair where Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity bested Luverne, 11-6.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity opened up scoring in the first inning, when Patrick Ryan singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity put up five runs in the sixth inning. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batters contributing to the big inning included RyanColby Zaleski, and Hudson Parrish, all driving in runs in the frame.

    Luverne scored three runs in the seventh inning. PlayerBPlayerC, and PlayerF all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

    Christian Ivey was the winning pitcher for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He lasted three innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out four and walking one. Morris Carmichael and JC Hardigree entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity racked up nine hits in the game. Marcus Dees and Ryan each managed multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityRyan and Dees each managed two hits to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityMontgomery Catholic Knights Varsity didn't commit a single error in the field. Alex Wieser had ten chances in the field, the most on the team.

    Luverne totaled eight hits. PlayerC and PlayerB all collected multiple hits for Luverne.

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    HUGE WEEKEND FOR VARSITY KNIGHTS WITH WINS OVER SAINT JAMES AND PIKE ROAD!

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Clinches Lead In Fifth Inning To Defeat Pike Road

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity snagged a late lead and defeated Pike Road 9-8 on Saturday. The game was tied at eight with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batting in the bottom of the fifth when Spencer Bach's sac fly scored one run for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity.

    Bats blistered as Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity collected eight hits and Pike Road tallied nine in the high-scoring game.

    Pike Road took an early lead in the second inning when an error scored one run for Pike Road.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity evened things up at eight in the bottom of the fourth inning. Christian Ivey doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity scored three runs in the fourth inning. Morris CarmichaelDean Johnson, and Ivey powered the big inning with RBIs.

    Pike Road scored three runs in the third inning. Pike Road batters contributing to the big inning included PlayerEPlayerG, and PlayerH, who each had RBIs in the inning.

    Colby Zaleski was credited with the victory for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed three hits and zero runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out four.

    Johnson started the game for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed six hits and eight runs over three and a third innings, walking one

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity saw the ball well today, racking up eight hits in the game. Nathan DownesJohnson, and Ivey all managed multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityIveyJohnson, and Downes each collected two hits to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity.

    Pike Road tallied nine hits in the game. PlayerE and PlayerH each had multiple hits for Pike Road.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Defeats Saint James In Low-Scoring Affair

    Both teams were strong on the pitcher's mound Thursday, but Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity defeated Saint James 3-2. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity pitchers allowed just five hits to Saint James.

    Christian Ivey led the Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity to victory on the hill. He lasted four innings, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out four and walking one. Morris Carmichael threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Carmichael recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity socked two home runs on the day. Ivey had a homer in the fourth inning. Colby Zaleski had a four bagger in the seventh inning.

    Nathan Downes went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity in hits.

    #7 led Saint James with two hits in four at bats.


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    Christian Ivey selected 2nd Team All-State!

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    IVEY, CARMICHAEL, AND JOHNSON SELECTED TO PLAY IN EAST-WEST ALL STAR GAME

     

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    This Sunday, May 19th, Juniors Christian Ivey and Morris Carmichael, and sophomore Dean Johnson, were selected to participate in the East West All Star Game put on by the Dixie Lions Club. The game will take place at 2:00 pm at Paterson Field here in Montgomery. It will be a double header. Participants are selected from Montgomery, Autauga, and Elmore Counties. 


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    JR Christian Ivey hits for the Cycle as the Knights defeat Brew Tech 14-5 in their last regular season game

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity 14-5 victory over Brewbaker Tech on Tuesday. The game was tied at five with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batting in the top of the sixth when Christian Ivey doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring three runs.

    Ivey collected five hits in five at bats to help lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity to victory. Ivey singled in the first, tripled in the third, homered in the fifth, doubled in the sixth, and homered in the seventh.

    Brewbaker Tech took an early lead in the second inning. Brewbaker Tech scored three runs when PlayerI homered.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity evened things up at five in the top of the fifth inning. Iveydrove in two when he homered.

    After Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity scored one run in the top of the third, Brewbaker Tech answered with one of their own. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity scored when Darian Riley singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. Brewbaker Tech then answered when PlayerC hit a solo homer.

    Colby Zaleski got the win for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out four and walking zero.

    Trip Carter started the game for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He lasted four innings, allowing four hits and five runs while striking out three and walking zero

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity launched two home run on the day. Ivey had a homer in the fifth and seventh innings.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity saw the ball well today, racking up 19 hits in the game.IveyRileyMarcus DeesNathan DownesDean Johnson, and Brock Hudson each racked up multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityIvey led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity with five hits in five at bats.

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    Carmichael Shines in Complete Game, Knights Grab Lead In Eighth Inning with 2 Home Runs To Defeat Alabama Christian Academy

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity defeated Alabama Christian Academy 5-1 on Friday after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at one with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batting in the top of the eighth when Christian Ivey hit a solo homer.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity got things started in the first inning when Ross Huffmansingled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

    In the bottom of the first inning, Alabama Christian Academy tied things up at one. An error scored one run for Alabama Christian Academy.

    Morris Carmichael earned the victory on the mound for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He surrendered one run on three hits over eight innings, striking out four.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity tallied two home runs on the day. Ivey had a homer in the eighth inning. Ian Wright had a long ball in the eighth inning.

    Huffman went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity in hits.

    #22 led Alabama Christian Academy with two hits in two at bats.

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    Junior Varsity finishes 8-2-1 season with a BANG! 14-1 Win over Park Crossing

    CONGRATULATIONS KNIGHTS

    Hudson Parrish, Nick Calandra, Alex Fleet, Patrick Ryan, Austin Cleghorn, Gavin Kelbaugh, JC Hardigree, Myles Butler, Spencer Bach, Ian Wright, Darian Riley, Marcus Dees, Patrick Hess, Noah Waugh, Head Coach Bobby Dunlap, Assistant KJ Mendlesohn, Assistant Tim Robinson


    Downes's Walk-Off Seals The Deal In Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Victory Over Park Crossing

    It came down to the wire on Monday, with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity taking victory on a dramatic walk-off walk in the late innings that sealed their victory over Park Crossing. The game was tied at five with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity batting in the bottom of the seventh when Nathan Downes drew a walk, scoring one run.

    Park Crossing fired up the offense in the second inning. PlayerC drew a walk, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity put up five runs in the fourth inning. Ross HuffmanDownesColby Zaleski, and Christian Ivey powered the big inning with RBIs.

    Dean Johnson was the winning pitcher for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed one hit and two runs over three innings, striking out three and walking one.

    Zaleski started the game for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He surrendered three runs on four hits over four innings, striking out five

    Johnson led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity with two hits in four at bats.

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    Big Fifth Inning Propels Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Win Over Saint James School

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity defeated Saint James School 11-1 on Friday thanks to a timely nine runs in a big fifth inning. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity offense in the inning was led by Ross HuffmanLuke VoorhiesSpencer BachAustin CleghornNathan Downes, and Dean Johnson, all knocking in runs in the inning.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity got things moving in the first inning. Leo Smith's sac fly scored one run for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity.

    Saint James School evened things up at one in the top of the second inning when Wisenhuntsingled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third Christian Ivey singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity notched nine runs in the fifth inning. Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity's big bats in the inning were led by singles by HuffmanBachCleghorn, and Downes, a triple by Johnson, an error on a ball put in play by Voorhies, and a double by Ivey.

    Morris Carmichael pitched Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity to victory. He lasted five innings, allowing five hits and one run while striking out three and walking zero.

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity collected 11 hits on the day. HuffmanIveyJohnson, and Downes all had multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityHuffman led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

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    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity Grabs Lead In Fifth Inning To Defeat Jacksonville

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity snatched the lead late in the game in a 16-6 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday. The game was tied at six with Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsitybatting in the bottom of the fifth when Morris Carmichael singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.

    Luke Voorhies led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-3 at the plate. Voorhies drove in runs on a single in the third and a double in the fifth.

    In the first inning, Jacksonville got their offense started when Charping singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

    Patrick Ryan was the winning pitcher for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed four hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out three and walking one.

    Dean Johnson started the game for Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity. He allowed five hits and six runs over one inning, striking out one and walking one

    Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity totaled 13 hits. VoorhiesChristian Ivey, and Carmichaelall had multiple hits for Montgomery Catholic Knights VarsityVoorhies led Montgomery Catholic Knights Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

    Jacksonville racked up nine hits on the day. Heard and Charping all managed multiple hits for Jacksonville.

    The Knights improve to 6-5 on the season and will play host to Saint James on Friday March 22nd at Home. 

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    Catholic 16, Robert E. Lee 2 (5)

    Catholic pounded out 14 hits while Morris Carmichael and Dean Johnson combined on a four-hitter to lead the Knights to a 14-2 victory over Class 7A Robert E. Lee on Tuesday.

    Carmichael allowed two hits and a run in three innings, striking out five, walking one and hitting three. Johnson pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and a run while striking out one and walking one.

    Christian Ivey led the rout, shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule, with a 4 for 5 performance at the plate, including a double, three RBIs and four stolen bases. Nate Downes went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBIs, a stolen base and scored twice and Colby Zaleski went 2 for 3 with an RBI, scoring twice.

    Catholic (5-3) returns to action, weather permitting, with a game at Saks on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a doubleheader at Alexandria on Saturday, playing Alexandria at 11 a.m. and Jacksonville at 1 p.m.


    JV Baseball Moves to 4-1 on the year with a 12-3 win over Saint James. They will host Montgomery Academy Wednesday 3/13 @ 4:30 pm.


    Baseball Moves to 5-3 with 16-2 win over Robert E. Lee. Varsity baseball will travel to Saks High School this Friday at 7:00 pm. 


    Catholic 12-13, Pike Road 5-7

    Catholic swept a doubleheader from Pike Road on Tuesday as Leo Smith collected five hits in the doubleheader and scored seven runs to ignite the Knights’ offense.

    In the opener, Smith went 2 for 4, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. Ross Huffman also went 2 for 4 and scored twice, while Dean Johnson went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored twice and Christian Ivey went 2 for 3 and scored two runs in the 12-5 victory.

    Ian Wright pitched four innings to secure the win, allowing one earned run on two hits while walking one, hitting four and striking out six. Morris Carmichael earned the save, pitching the final three innings of no-hit ball while striking out three and walking one.

    In the nightcap, Smith went 3 for 4 while driving in a pair of runs and scoring four times. Luke Voorhies went 2 for 4 and drove in four runs while Nate Downes went 2 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run.

    Colby Zaleski picked up the win by allowing one earned run in 4.2 innings of work, striking out five and walking two while scattering three hits.

    Catholic (4-3) returns to action on Tuesday against Robert E. Lee at Paterson Field.


     Blackwell records first win on diamond

    Aubrey at Paterson

    Aubrey Blackwell stepped onto the surface of Paterson Field Wednesday just prior to Catholic’s game with Prattville Christian Academy. It was the first time Blackwell set foot on Paterson Field in 19 years. “The last time I was on this field is when we beat Jeff Davis in the first round of the playoffs in 2000. I was pitching that day,” Blackwell said, recounting his final victory in a Robert E. Lee uniform.

    Today, Blackwell wears a Catholic uniform and goes to the third base coaching box instead of the pitcher’s mound. In addition to being the successful coach of the Catholic football team, Blackwell now is at the helm of the baseball program. The day before his team whipped PCA 14-6, the Knights registered their first win of the season against Thorsby and the first win as a head baseball coach for Blackwell. “I’m glad to get the first one out of the way,” Blackwell said.

    Blackwell has been a winning head coach in three sports. In addition to baseball and football he has won as a golf coach. In 2013 he led Saint James to a successful season.

    Blackwell was an outstanding pitcher at Lee. So good that he earned a scholarship to Central Alabama Community College (CACC). He pitched well at CACC and then finished up at the University of Montevallo. He was an assistant baseball coach in college at Montevallo and then Campbell University in North Carolina. Things were difficult on Blackwell and his young family since he was on the road a great deal as a baseball coach. “We were in North Carolina and really wanted to get home. I was gone a lot and I just decided that I would not sacrifice my kids for my career,” Blackwell explained.

    Blackwell picked up the phone and called his high school football coach and friend, Jimmy Perry, who was at Saint Paul’s in Mobile at the time. He thought that was a good place to start especially since Perry was well connected in the coaching ranks. “I told him I wanted to come home and he said one of his assistants had just resigned the day before. He called me back in two hours and told me I was hired and to come back home to Alabama,” Blackwell recalled. “I took off to Saint Paul’s to be a defensive line coach and then I coached wide receivers.”

    Perry knew that he was getting a young assistant that loved football. Blackwell had been his quarterback at Robert E. Lee, and Saint Paul’s was running the same offense as the Generals did.

    “I always wanted to play college football. That was my first love. I just wasn’t good enough. But I was lucky. God gave me a good arm, and baseball got me through college,” Blackwell said. “Jimmy (Perry) got me back in football. Now, I’m coaching both sports, and Jimmy and I are coaching against one another since he is just down the street at Saint James.”

    The young coach made it clear that his goals at Catholic are not just to win games on one field and not the other. “I’m not at Catholic just to win football games. I’m not there just to win baseball games. I want to see Catholic excel at everything. I want our athletic program to be as good as it can be,” Blackwell said.

     “We were at a place where we needed a baseball coach and I had the experience. I am close to the kids, and I felt I could get us turned around in baseball. We have a very young team – only three seniors. We need to get better every week. We are trying to teach the game and improve the general ability and mechanics. It’s a lot to teach. I’m going to be real patient with this team. I want to build the program for the future,” Blackwell said.

    Managing all of the duties of both sports is difficult. Blackwell said it was tough to oversee both sports, but he had a great coaching staff that was getting things done. “It’s tough but we are making things happen. I’m in the weight room with the kids every day and involved with football on a daily basis. Our coaches are the ones taking up the slack and helping me to make sure we are moving forward in both sports,” Blackwell said.

    It may have been football that got Blackwell back to Alabama, but he was quick to call Paterson Field home. Blackwell pointed to the right field wall, in the gap, and said, “I remembering hitting a home run that went over the wall right there. Yeah, it’s good to be home,” he said.


    Baseball Coaching Staff

     

    Head Varsity Baseball Coach- Aubrey Blackwell / Experience - Central Alabama Community College 2000-2002 RHP; University of Montevallo 2003-2004 RHP; University of Montevallo 2005-2007 Pitching Coach; Campbell University 2008-2010 Pitching Coach; Saint Paul's Episcopal School 2011-2013 Pitching Coach

    Assistant Baseball Coach- Daniel Veres / Experience - Spring Hill College SS/3B; Faulkner University SS/3B; Montgomery Wings Independent Baseball Team

    Assistant Baseball Coach- Tony Hudson / Experience - LBW Community College RHP; Huntington College RHP; Assistant Baseball Coach Saint James School; Assistant Baseball Coach Hooper Academy; Head and Assistant Baseball Coach Montgomery Catholic Preparatory

    Assistant Baseball Coach/ Head JV Baseball Coach - Bobby Dunlap / Experience - Pelham High School OF; Huntingdon Hawks Football WR; Montgomery American All-Star Head Baseball Coach; Trition Rays Travel Baseball Assistant Coach

    Assistant Baseball Coach- KJ Mendelsohn / Experience - LBW Community College RHP


     


    Aubrey Blackwell will take over as Montgomery Catholic baseball head coach. (Staff Photo)

    By Tim Gayle
    RRS Correspondent
    (April 20, 2018)

    When Aubrey Blackwell was asked to consider adding head baseball coach to his duties at Catholic High, the offer intrigued him. 

    Blackwell was named the 4A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Football Coaches Association, but one of his greatest passions – and his experience as a college player and coach – is baseball. The opportunity to rejuvenate the Knights’ baseball program, as well as the landscape of high school baseball in the city, was impossible to pass up.

    “There’s a style of play that we’re going to have to change to, a style of play that I’m very comfortable with and we were very successful with at Montevallo,” Blackwell said. “When we played in Montgomery in 2006 (at the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship), we weren’t a very physical team, either, nor did we have overpowering pitching. We were, in talent standards, a very average baseball team. But our kids worked hard, they understood and believed in how we were going to play the game and we were going to take advantage of every second in the game, whether that was bunting, stealing, playing great defense and throwing strikes and playing together as a unit.

    “It’s a calling for me. To get a group of boys to believe in each other, come together, fight for something and learn how to overcome adversity is why I do what I do. You can be successful in any field of play if you can get those guys to do that.”

    Catholic officials met early this week and athletic director Daniel Veres named Blackwell the head baseball coach for the 2019 season. Tony Hudson, the former assistant who served as head coach in 2018, will return to his role as an assistant and Veres will also serve as an assistant baseball coach.

    “We had a challenging year after 2017 head coach Randy Nolen resigned for health reasons,” Veres said. “Coach Hudson was willing to take on the program this year and we appreciate his leadership. I am very excited that we have been able to entice Aubrey to become our head baseball coach. We want everyone to know that Coach Blackwell is a huge part of our community and we expect him to be here for a long time. Hopefully, he now considers Montgomery Catholic the destination of his coaching career, not just a stop along the way.”

    Blackwell didn’t take the job until he had serious discussions with his wife Brandi – “trust me, none of this would have happened without her blessing” – as well as assistant head football coach Kirk Johnson and Veres.

    “We’ve got a great staff football wise,” Blackwell said. “I’m going to be working with a great staff baseball wise. I’ve just got a lot of great help around me. Kirk makes a lot of that easier because he does such a great job with the football team. I trust everything he’s doing with our football program, so that makes a big difference. I wasn’t coming fully on board unless Daniel said that he would come and help so that was a big part of it as well.”

    Blackwell played football for coach Jimmy Perry at Robert E. Lee and got into the coaching profession as a high school football assistant coach for Perry, first at St. Paul’s Episcopal and later at St. James, but baseball provided his first coaching experience. After pitching at Central Alabama Community College and later at Montevallo, Blackwell served as a pitching coach at Montevallo for head coach Greg Goff and spent three more years at Campbell University.

    Those six years of college have him convinced he can transform Catholic baseball into one of the best programs in the city.

    “We’re going to be different from everybody else,” he said. “But we’re going to play every facet of the game. We will begin the process next week. You begin the process in the weight room. We’re not going to take any time off, we’re going to get after it because this last season was unacceptable.”

     

     

     


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