Sunday, February 23, 2020






Hayden Claims 5A State Title at AHSAA 2019 Softball Tourney at Lagoon Park

AHSAA 34th State Softball Championships Saturday

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for Saturday with state championships to be decided in Class 7A, 5A, 4A and 1A at Lagoon Park. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information go to
    Hayden (45-5) was the first champion to be crowned – winning the Class 5A state title.
    Results from Saturday’s early session, including both championships, are below.


Hayden 5, Rehobeth 0 (Hayden wins Class 5A state championship)
    Top-ranked Hayden (45-5) grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the championship game Saturday before pulling away late. Lindsey Smith was 2-for-4 with a home run to earn Class 5A State Tourney MVP honors. Miah Simmons pitched a complete-game shutout for Coach John Simmons’ Wildcats.
   The Wildcats scored two in the second, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Hannah Cox also drove in two runs on a 1-for-3 showing. In the circle, Simmons scattered three hits over seven innings with a pair of strikeouts.
   Rehobeth finished its season 40-12.
    Joining Smith on the 5A All-State Tourney Team were: Issabelle Johnson and Hannah Cox of Hayden; Stephanie Schoonover, Sydney Pybus and Makayla Peters of Rehobeth.

Game 13: Rehobeth 14, John Carroll 7
    Rehobeth used a late run to avenge an opening-round loss to John Carroll to advance to the Class 5A finals.  The Rebels broke a 7-7 tie with a single run in the bottom of the fifth inning, then used a six-run sixth to break the game open.
    Blake Gibson was 3-for-4 with three runs scored while Sydney Pybus homered in the first inning. Chasilyn Sawyers also had two hits for Rehobeth. For John Carroll also went 3-for-4 with a home run. Charlotte Phillips and Claire Boone also had two hits each for the Cavaliers.

Game 13: Hewitt-Trussville 4, Auburn 3
After Auburn scored three times to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Hewitt-Trussville plated a single run in the top of the seventh to get the win. Maddie Katona led off the frame with a walk and later scored on Kenleigh Cahalan’s RBI-double. It was the second hit of the game for Cahalan, who was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Anyce Harvey added a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Anah Hughes got the pitching win, striking out four in seven innings of work.

Game 11: Mars Hill Bible 3, Spring Garden 1 (10 innings)
Hannah Henry’s three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Mars Hill the walk-off win to clinch a berth in the 1A championship game. After entering the frame in a 1-1 deadlock, the Panthers opened the inning with consecutive base runners on a hit and a Spring Garden error. Henry then homered to center. Riley Vaughn drove in the Panthers’ other run and also got the pitching win. She struck out 18 in 10 innings of work.

Game 9: Belgreen 8, Kinston 6
Belgreen used a five-run second inning to grab a big lead before holding off Kinston in the elimination bracket. The Bulldogs got four hits in the frame to take a 6-0 lead. Kinston trailed 8-4 heading into the last inning before playing two runs and leaving the tying run on base.
    Sydney Borden and Gracie Dempsey each went 3-for-4 at the plate while Katie Dempsey and Jaelyn Johnson added two hits each for Belgreen. Cadence Elmore led Kinston with a 3-for-3 showing.

Game 11: Rogers 1, North Jackson 0

    Hannah Price pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Rogers (28-18) into the 4A state tourney finals. The freshman allowed only two hits with five strikeouts in the win. The Pirates scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the third inning. Gracie Rogers led off the frame with a double and later scored on an RBI-double by Karly Jones. Pitcher Josie Thompson kept North Jackson in striking distance. The senior had four hits and four strikeouts.

Game 10: White Plains 10, Good Hope 5
White Plains took the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning. Four more runs in the top of the seventh then put the game out of reach. Gracie Surrett was 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
    Emma Jones led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Lily Ponder also drove in three runs on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. Angelina Flanigan was a perfect 4-for-4 to pace Good Hope.

Game 9: Alabama Christian 4, Dale County 3 (9 innings)
    Hayley Cassidy led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run to give Alabama Christian the walk-off win to keep the Eagles’ championship hopes alive. ACA held an early 2-0 lead after Haley Pittman hit a two-run shot in the first inning.  She was 3-for-4 for the game and also got the pitching win after 11 strikeouts.
    Monica Willingham also singled and scored in the bottom of the sixth for the Eagles. Dale County scored all three runs in the top of the fourth. Joanna Marshall singled and later scored on a passed ball. Gracie Suggs then tied the game with a two-run single.

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