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Alongside her incredible offensive numbers, blazing speed and dependable defense in center field, Chloe Baynes' ability to deliver in the clutch is what made her The Tribune’s choice for Elmore County Softball Player of the Year.

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Given that five of the six baseball teams in the Elmore County area made it to the state playoffs in 2021 with three winning area championships and two advancing through multiple playoff series, there was a litany of options for Coach of the Year in the county.

There has always been a nagging question that continually finds its way into my mind and in some respects the minds of those who’ve taken the time out to be on the fields in the sun, rain, snow and sleet.

Despite making one final run after falling behind by seven, Elmore County's softball season came to a close in the state tournament with a 9-5 defeat at the hands of Alexandria.

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Elmore County rattled off four consecutive victories in losers bracket play after falling in round one at the Tuscaloosa regional tournament, battling all the way back to advance to the state championship tournament next week with the region’s second and final qualifying spot.

Both Tallassee and Demopolis’ fans hurled cheers toward the field, the latter using a megaphone to amplify the noise, as Alexis Walls squared up to deliver a 2-2 pitch.

This time last year, the world was shut down effectively due to the COVID pandemic, but a year has passed since the pandemic began and many teams are getting back to spring football.

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Almost every head coach in sports talks about building a winning culture, but few have such a detailed plan as the one Kyle Hammonds presented at Tallassee High School’s auditorium this weekend.