Prep Baseball Report

Alabama HS Team Preview: Hartselle Tigers

Austin Sharp
Alabama Scouting Director

The 2024 high school baseball season is quickly approaching and as usual, excitement abounds throughout the state. Players and coaches have been working in preparation for the upcoming season and, as is the case each year, there are some very talented players and teams across Alabama.

Teams across the state have goals and aspirations to finish their seasons in the Jacksonville/Oxford/Montgomery area at the AISA or AHSAA state championships, but there is plenty of work to be done before that becomes reality. We hope to familiarize our readers with many of the teams across the state as we preview individual teams across Alabama. We will take you right up to first pitch this season with these team previews and by continuing our scheduled podcasts and releasing our preseason top-10 rankings in each AHSAA classification.

Please keep checking back throughout the season as we will be your one-stop shop for everything related to high school baseball across the state.

Each week we will be releasing our Players of the Week, updating the top-10 ranks in each AHSAA classification, as well updating our Power 25 overall rankings. One thing, especially, you don’t want to miss are our scheduled podcasts with guests from across the state, as well as the recaps and previews of the big games we’re covering.

*Please note the information has been gathered from head coaches across the state, based on their replies to the questionnaire we distributed over this offseason.

High School: Hartselle Tigers
Head Coach: William Booth
Classification: AHSAA Class 6A
Area Number: Class 6A, Area 14
2023 Record (Finish): 28-14 (Eliminated in Elite Eight)
No. of Returning Positional Starters: 5
No. of Returning Pitchers: 4
Team Strengths: Team Defense, Hitting



OF/RHP Peyton Steele (1/7/23)


Class of 2024

OF/RHP Landon Blackwood (6/13/23)

Class of 2025

OF/RHP Keaton Lance (1/6/24)


OF/RHP Cole Miles (1/6/24)


The Hartselle Tigers enter the 2024 season as one of the main favorites once again to reach the Class 6A State Finals having consistently made deep runs throughout the playoffs over the past few seasons. There are tons of quality returners back on the offensive side and some exciting newer faces that will look to step into larger roles this spring, especially on the mound.

The Hartselle Tigers captured the Class 6A State Championship back in 2022 with one of the most dominant seasons we've seen over the past few seasons, and also reached the Elite 8 in Class 6A a season ago. Being one of the top programs in the state of Alabama, expectations are always high, and this year seems to be no different. The Tigers should be able to generate plenty of offense this season with numerous hitters already signed to play baseball at the collegiate level. Looking at the offense, returning players like OF/RHP Peyton Steele (Alabama, 2024), INF Josey Williamson (Alabama, 2024), INF Cade Miles (Jacksonville State, 2024), C Cam Palahach (Northwest-Shoals CC, 2024), 1B Lawson Williams (Northwest-Shoals CC, 2024), UTL/RHP Brody Leathers (2024), and OF/RHP Landon Blackwood (2024) are all senior returning hitters who have delivered some big swings over the past couple of seasons and will look to lead the offense this season. In addition to these names, others players like OF/RHP Keaton Lance (2025), OF/RHP Cole Miles (2026), and INF/RHP Asher Doepel (2026) are sure to step into important roles this spring and provide some production offensively. On the mound, the Tigers have some experienced returners, but will need some other arms to step up and provide depth to their rotation. RHP Nick Chumley (Lawson State CC, 2024), RHP Jace Meadows (2025), and LHP/OF Andrew Coleman (2024) are a trio of senior pitchers who should throw some important innings on the mound for the Tigers this spring.

The Tigers are once again gearing up to what looks to be another strong season with some exciting returners back on both sides of the ball. They'll compete in Area 14 against Cullman, Decatur, and Muscle Shoals for a berth in the playoffs at the end of the regular season. Hartselle looks to be one of the favorites in Class 6A once again in 2024.

Find more information on the 2024 Hartselle High School program below:

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+ Visit the Prep Baseball Alabama, 2024 HS Team Previews


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