Sunday, February 23, 2020






Hewitt-Trussville Wins 7A State Softball Championship at Lagoon Park Saturday

                                            BY SHANE HERRMANN
MONTGOMERY – Hewitt-Trussville lost its first game of the 2019 AHSAA Class 7A State Softball Championships Friday 2-0 to Fairhope, then posted six straight wins to come out of the elimination bracket and sweep Sparkman 7-4 and 8-4 for the school’s first state softball title in school history.
    Coach Taylor Burt’s Huskies (44-15-1) rebounded to beat Central-Phenix City 7-3, Spain Park 12-9 and Baker 12-11 on Friday and beat Auburn 4-3 in the elimination bracket finals to advance to the championship.
    Hewitt won 7-4 over Sparkman (39-12) in the first game to force the “if necessary” final game.
   Hewitt-Trussville outscored Sparkman 5-1 over the final three innings to claim the Class 7A state championship 8-4. Kenleigh Cahalan was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs to lead the Huskies. Her two-out, RBI-double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave Hewitt the lead for good. Crystal Maze also singled home a run in the inning.
    With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, the Huskies broke the game open on Kailey Walters’ bases-clearing double. Sparkman added a run in the top of the seventh but could get no closer.
    Madeleine Katona also went 2-for-3 while Maze went 2-for-4 with an RBI to earn Class 7A State Tourney MVP honors. Lily Calvert and Stefanie Price each went 2-for-3 to lead Sparkman. Each pitcher gave up 11 hits in the championship game. Anah Hughes recorded the win in the circle for the Huskies and Calvert got the loss for the Senators of Coach Dale Palmer. His team have captured six state titles since 2006.

Game 14: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Sparkman 4
    Hewitt-Trussville took a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning and held off a Sparkman rally to win 7-4 in the first game Saturday with the Senators. Sparkman scored three times in the bottom of the frame and had the tying run at the plate at the end of the game.
    Every batter in the Huskies lineup had at least one hit in the game. Kenleigh Cahalan drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing. Crystal Maze, Hannah Borden and Abigail Dorsett also added two hits each. For Sparkman, Madisyn Filz hit a three-run home run and T.J. Webster was 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Joining Maze on the Class 7A All-State Tourney Team were Hewitt teammates Hannah Borden and Sparkman’s
T.J, Webster, Lily Calvert and Madisyn Filz.

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.

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