All-Area Baseball

Left — Cullman's Cooper Beck (Player of the Year)

Left Center — Cullman's Brennen Norton (Hitter of the Year)

Right Center — Cullman's Peyton Colvard (Pitcher of the Year)

Right — Cullman's Brent Patterson (Coach of the Year)

Cooper Beck did a little bit of everything — and then some — for Cullman's baseball program.

He provided quality at-bats, exceptional defense, irreplaceable leadership — the list goes on and on and on.

Beck put it all together during his senior season, and the fantastic results that followed were undeniable.

The Wallace State freshman recorded first-team accolades (infielder) when the Alabama Sports Writers Association announced the Class 6A All-State Baseball Team.

He was also named a High School All-American (second-team infielder) by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Luckily for the sweet-swinging left-hander, good things come in threes.

Beck is The Times' 2019 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

Cullman's Brennen Norton (Hitter of the Year), Cullman's Peyton Colvard (Pitcher of the Year) and Cullman's Brent Patterson (Coach of the Year) secured the other top prizes — and completed the Bearcat sweep — on this year's All-Area Baseball Team.

Let's get back to Beck for a second.

His batting average (.381), on-base percentage (.488), slugging percentage (.540) and OPS (1.028) were all tops among Black and Gold starters.

He collected 53 hits, 39 runs, 32 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 19 walks, 13 doubles and three home runs.

The second baseman fielded his position with ease and even tossed in a no-hitter against Hoover in March.

Not to mention a game-winning, two-run homer to clinch the 6A, Area 14 title against arch-rival Hartselle.

According to Patterson, Beck was the total package both on and off the field.

"He was a really talented athlete and a really good friend to his teammates," the coach said. "He was invested in the program, and he wanted to see the whole team have success. He made the guys around him better and not just because of how talented he was, but because of those relationships he had with his teammates."

Norton put up fine offensive numbers against strong competition this past spring.

The sophomore batted .377 with a .464 on-base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage and a .938 OPS.

His 58 hits led the Bearcats, and he tacked on 37 runs, 25 RBIs, 17 walks, 12 doubles and 11 stolen bases.

The third baseman also netted 6A All-State accolades (honorable mention infielder). 

Oh, and Norton's postseason slash line? .390/.490/.512/1.002.

Colvard, meanwhile, provided consistency on the mound for the Black and Gold.

The senior hurled 63 1/3 innings, surrendering 55 hits and striking out 52 batters.

He produced a 7-2 record, a 2.54 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP — again, against strong competition — and corralled 6A All-State honors (second-team pitcher).

In the playoffs, he finished off Albertville (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 K), kept Cullman's campaign alive against Pell City (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K) and helped snag the state title against Chelsea (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 K).

Patterson guided the Bearcats to their first state championship since 2015 and fifth in program history.

He's been part of all five, too — two as head coach and three as an assistant.

Cullman, which played just three home contests in 2019, finished with a 30-13 record.

See below for The Times' complete All-Area Baseball Team, including honorable mentions.

% Editor's Note: The All-Area Baseball Team was handpicked by myself after reviewing the 2019 season and consulting with numerous local baseball coaches. However, with a limited number of spots available and plenty of talented players in which to choose from, it's possible some deserving candidates were left out.

The Times' 2019 All-Area Baseball Team

Player of the Year: Cooper Beck, Cullman

Hitter of the Year: Brennen Norton, Cullman

Pitcher of the Year: Peyton Colvard, Cullman

Coach of the Year: Brent Patterson, Cullman

First Team

Cooper Beck, Cullman

Nicholas Braswell, Cullman

Peyton Colvard, Cullman

Brennen Norton, Cullman

Brady Patterson, Cullman

Dylon Wallace, Cullman

Dayne Black, Fairview

Riley Carroll, Fairview

Jarrett Miller, Fairview

Matt Hancock, Good Hope

Ashton James, Hanceville

Isaac Holmes, Hanceville

Issac Smith, Vinemont

Aubry Cleghorn, West Point

Rylan Jones, West Point

Hunter Persall, West Point 

Honorable Mention

Addison: Gage Gilliland and Hayden Lee

Cold Springs: Brodee Bartlett and Lawson Burgess

Cullman: Niklas Fondren, Ben Hollis and AJ Miller

Fairview: Dalton Payne

Good Hope: Preston Bagwell and Bailey Quick

Hanceville: Alex Campbell and Mark Dyer

Holly Pond: Kyler Chaney and Jacob Ring

St. Bernard: Thomas Fortson and Gavin Whaley

Vinemont: Travis Hopper and Wyatt Thomason

West Point: Will Cochran and Branson Smith

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at​

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