Thursday, February 20, 2020






Pisgah, Buckhorn Claim 3A & 6A State Softball Championships at Lagoon Park

AHSAA 34th State Softball Championships

MONTGOMERY – The 2019 AHSAA State Softball Championships got underway for the third day with Friday with state champions being crowned in Class 3A and Class 6A. Pisgah rolled through the 3A competition unbeaten while Buckhorn came out of the elimination bracket to beat Gardendale twice to claim the 6A state championship.
    Championships for Classes 1A, 4A, 5A and 7A will be crowned Saturday at Lagoon Park. All championship games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information go to
    Results from Friday’s games, including both championships, are below.


Pisgah 4, Wicksburg 1 (Pisgah wins Class 3A state championship)
    Pisgah (47-10) scored three runs in the first two innings and never let the Wicksburg offense get on track as the Eagles won eighth state softball championship in school history. Leigha Kirby had another solid showing in the circle to cap an MVP performance for the Eagles. The junior scattered six hits over seven innings to finish the tournament unbeaten. At the plate, five different players had one hit each for Pisgah, including Jaden Burgess, who drove in two runs. Wicksburg scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI-single by Theresa Reynolds.
Joining Kirby on the Class 3A All-State Tourney Team were Kaylee Vaught and Kennedy Barron of Pisgah and Wicksburg’s Rosie Robinson, Emily Boin and Ashton White.


Games 14-15: Buckhorn 4-3, Gardendale 1-2
  Buckhorn (40-11) came out of the elimination bracket to beat Gardendale 4-1 to force the “if” game and Coach Al Rauls’ Lady Bucks won the championship with a 3-2 in the final game.
      An RBI-single by Hannah Carey in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jordan Evans from third base to give Buckhorn its third state title overall and second since 2017.
     It was the 10th hit of the game for Buckhorn. In the final, the two teams traded two spots earlier in the game. Carey and Kinley Adams each drove in runs to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Gardendale (48-7-2), coached by Barry Brake, answered in the top of the fifth with a two-run home run by Jaycee Dill. Alivia Wilken went the distance for Buckhorn in the circle. She struck out five batters.
   Buckhorn forced the ‘if necessary’ game by rallying late for the win.  Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bucks loaded the bases before Hannah Carey connected on a pinch-hit grand slam to left field. Alivia Wilken got the pitching win after scattering five hits and striking out six batters. Gardendale’s lone run came in the top of the fifth on an RBI-single by Kailey Vaughn.
Buckhorn’s Morgan Nowakowski earned MVP honors in the Class 6A State Tourney. Joining her on  the 6A All-State Tourney Team were Hannah Carey and Alivia Wilken of Buckhorn;

Carlee McCondichie and Kailey Vaughn of Gardendale.

Game 13: Buckhorn 5, Brookwood 3
   Buckhorn slowly chipped away at a 3-0 deficit, taking its first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brookwood loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame but could not score. Morgan Nowakowski was 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Bucks, who advanced to face Gardendale in the Class 6A state finals at Lagoon Park Friday. That game was scheduled for 1:15 p.m.
    Kinley Adams and Hannah Carey added two hits each. Kaylee Hawkins recorded the pitching victory.


Game 13: Wicksburg 3, Prattville Christian 0
   Wicksburg’s Emily Robinson pitched a three-hit shutout with five strikeouts to get the win for the Panthers. Wicksburg advanced to today’s finals to face Pisgah at 1:15 p.m.
    A single run in the top first inning and two in the fifth was all the offense the Panthers would need. Robinson and Ashton White each went 2-for-3 at the plate and Morgan Roden had a two-run single in the fifth inning.


Game 11: Sparkman 11, Auburn 1 (6 innings)
Sparkman (39-10) scored in the top of every inning but the second in the mercy-rule win to advance to the Class 7A state finals. Lily Calvert got the win in the circle after scattering two hits with four strikeouts. Auburn’s lone run came in the bottom of the fourth and was unearned. At the plate, Calvert was also 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. T.J. Webster was 3-for-4 while Madison Filz was 2-for-3 with a trio of RBI.

Game 10: Baker 10, Fairhope 6
   Baker trailed 6-1 after two innings before closing the game with nine straight runs to eliminate top-ranked Fairhope. After tying the game with a five-run fourth inning, the Honeybees scored two runs each in the top of the fifth and sixth frames. Bailey Murphy and Jillian Robinson each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Robinson finished with five RBIs after getting a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the fourth. Brianna Latner recorded the pitching victory.

Game 9: Hewitt-Trussville 12, Spain Park 9
Hewitt-Trussville won the shootout in the elimination bracket that featured 21 runs off 23 hits. The Huskies raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first four innings before the Jaguars used an eight-run in the fifth to cut into the deficit. Hewitt answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and Spain Park could only plate one more run the rest of the way. Crystal Maze homered and finished the game 2-for-2 with four RBI for Hewitt-Trussville. Riley Tyree and Hannah Dorsett added two hits each. Caroline Kendrick led Spain Park with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate.

Game 8: Sparkman 2, Fairhope 0 (9 innings)
    Sparkman (38-10) scored twice in the top of the ninth inning and Fairhope (41-4) had runners at second and third when the game ended in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Sparkman pitcher Lily Calvert recorded a fly out and the runner at third was called out for leaving early to end the game. A two-run single by Tatiasha Webster provided the winning runs for the Senators. The hit scored Kayla Sanchez, who singled and Emma Bailey, who reached on an error.

Game 7: Auburn 5, Spain Park 4
Auburn took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning and held the Jaguars to a single run in the bottom of the frame to get the winner’s bracket win. Hannah Pitts came on in relief to get the pitching win. Spain Park had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. Chloe Daugherty was 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Tigers. Jada Askew also had two hits for Auburn. Maddie Majors drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Spain Park.

Game 6: Hewitt-Trussville 7, Central-Phenix City 2
    Hewitt-Trussville scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Abigail Dorsett was 2-for-4 with a single and a double to lead the way. Hayden Neugent recorded the pitching victory with seven strikeouts.
     Madison Hurt stroked a single and double to lead Central-Phenix City.

Game 5: Baker 9, Bob Jones 6
     Bob Jones took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Baker outscored the Patriots 9-3 the rest of the way to get the elimination bracket win. Emily Mizelle was 3-for-3 with five RBI, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Jillian Robinson and Lauren Lindsay added two hits each. Caitlin McRee scattered 12 hits to get the pitching win.
      For Bob Jones, Alexa Douthitt was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Erin Chambliss drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 showing, including a home run in the bottom of the sixth.


Game 12: Rehobeth 3, Mortimer Jordan 0
    After pitching a no-hitter against Mortimer Jordan in the opening round, Stephanie Schoonover tossed another shutout to eliminate the Blue Devils. The junior struck out seven in seven innings as the Rebels stayed alive. At the plate, Sydney Pybus hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The shot scored Makayla Peters, who also singled and scored in the bottom of the third inning. Peters was 2-for-3 in the game.

Game 11: Hayden 13, John Carroll 3 (6 innings)
    Top-ranked Hayden (44-5) scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the Wildcats clinched a berth in the finals. Lindsey Smith started the scoring with a two-run home run. She added another three-run shot in the fifth inning. Savannah Woodard was 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the Wildcats collected 12 hits, including five that went for extra bases.

Game 7: John Carroll Catholic 3, Rehobeth 2
    John Carroll scored all three runs in the first two innings, then held off Rehobeth for the winner’s bracket win. Alyssa Barnes singled and scored on an RBI-single by Claire Boone in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Rehobeth miscues to add two more runs i­­­n the second inning. Winning pitcher Macey Ogle finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate.
    Stephanie Schoonover doubled and scored in the first inning for Rehobeth. She was 2-for-4 at the plate.

Game 10: Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
    Madison Maze pitched a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Mortimer Jordan. A two-run fourth inning with single runs in the top of the second, sixth and seventh frames would be enough offense for the Blue Devils. Maia Townsend was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Danilyn Moore and Anna Purvis added two hits each.


Game 8: North Jackson 5, White Plains 0
Josie Thompson recorded the complete-game shutout for North Jackson (34-9-1), allowing four hits and striking out five. After getting single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings, the Chiefs plated three runs in the fourth inning to take control. Jakhla Hutchins led off the second inning with a solo home run and Charley Smith went 2-for-3 with an RBIs as North Jackson remained unbeaten after two rounds.

Game 7: Rogers 2, Alabama Christian 1
   Rogers (27-1) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on to knock off top-ranked Alabama Christian 2-1 in the second round of the winner’s bracket. Hannah Price took a shutout into the top of the seventh inning when the Eagles used three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. After a sacrifice fly by Haley Ingram scored a run, Price got a ground ball and a fly out to end the game. Rogers took the lead in the fifth on a leadoff single by Kennedi Clark and a two-run home run by Gracie Rogers.

Game 5: Good Hope 5, American Christian 0
Sindie English
pitched a five-hit shutout to pace Good Hope. The Raiders took the lead for good in the top of the third inning with a two-run double by Bailey Swann and an RBI-single by English. In the fifth inning, English drove in her second run with a single to center field. A sacrifice fly  by Angelina Flanigan wrapped up the scoring. Skylar Tucker was 3-for-3 for the Raiders.

Game 4: White Plains 9, Dale County 6
    Entering the fourth inning trailing 4-1, White Plains scored seven runs to take the lead for good. Emma Jones and Jordan Hinton each went 3-for-4 at the plate as the Wildcats collected 12 hits. Hinton also drove in three runs while Hannah Fortenberry pitched all seven innings to get the win in the circle.

Game 3: North Jackson 11, Holtville 1 (6 innings)
    North Jackson got the mercy-rule win with 11 runs off nine hits. The Chiefs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and six in the fourth. The game ended after North Jackson loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth and Makenzie Bennett’s hit scored Makenna Jones from third. Josie Thompson got the pitching win, allowing a run off five hits with seven strikeouts.

Game 2: Rogers 6, American Christian 4
A three-run third inning proved to be the difference in the game for Rogers. Kennedi Clark was 2-for-3 with a double while Hannah Price struck out eight batters in seven innings of work in the circle. ACA plated runs in the bottom of the third, fifth and sixth innings to cut into the lead. The Pirates, however, answered each time to maintain the lead. Katherine Grill was 3-for-4 with a triple to lead American Christian.

Game 1: Alabama Christian 7, Good Hope 2
     Haley Pittman was 3-for-3 with an RBI and also stuck out 13 batters to get the pitching win for ACA. Hayley Cassidy also homered twice and drove in four runs for the Eagles, who out-scored Good Hope 6-1 after the third inning.


Game 8: Mars Hill Bible 5, Brantley 0
Riley Vaughn struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout and Erika Mitchell hit two home runs as Mars Hill knocked off Class 1A’s top-ranked Bulldogs (39-11) in winner’s bracket play. Vaughn, a freshman, allowed only four hits and added an RBI-single for the Panthers.
     Mitchell gave Mars Hill the early lead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. In the fourth inning, Vaughn and Abbey Steadman each singled and scored. A leadoff single by Kylie Thigpen, followed by Mitchell’s second homer in the fifth inning extended the lead to 5-0. Mitchell finished 3-for-4 at the plate while Steadman and Vaughn added two hits each.

 Game 7: Spring Garden 6, Kinston 4
   Kylie Grace Wood hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to keep Spring Garden (31-9) undefeated in the tournament. Kinston held a 4-0 lead after scoring three times in the top of the second and once in the third. The Panthers, however, scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning before back-to-back doubles by Payton McGinnis and A.J. Broome in the bottom of the fourth tied the game. McGinnis and Charley Grissom each had two hits for Spring Garden. Five different Kinston players had one hit each.

Game 6: Belgreen 10, Verbena 1 (5 innings)
    Emma Dempsey pitched a two-hit shutout in the elimination bracket while the Belgreen offense exploded for 10 runs in five innings during the mercy-rule victory. The Bulldogs collected 12 hits and walked off the game with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gracie Dempsey was 3-for-3 with a trio of singles and a run scored. Sydney Borden and Jaelyn Johnson also had two hits each for Belgreen.

Game 5: Appalachian 4, Holy Spirit 3
    Appalachian scored all four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Eagles scored on an error before Jordan Henderson connected on a three-run home run. Holy Spirit plated single runs in the bottom of the third, sixth and seventh innings.
     In the seventh, back-to-back doubles pulled the Saints to within a single run before a play at the plate ended the game. Zoe Payne had two hits to pace Appalachian while Elise Maddox recorded the win in the circle. Holy Spirit had eight hits, including Olivia Watkins’ 3-for-4 effort.
Game 4: Brantley 1, Belgreen 0
    Brantley scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning and Lauren Hudson pitched a complete-game shutout to get the first-round victory. Hudson struck out eight and allowed only two hits. She out-dueled Belgreen ace Emma Dempsey, who struck out seven and allowed four hits.
      Brantley scored the lone run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third inning. Emory Bush singled and later stole second a third base before scoring on an error.

Game 3: Mars Hill Bible 13, Verbena 0 (5 innings)
     Mars Hill scored 13 runs off 11 hits in the mercy-rule win. Five different players had multiple hits in the game, including Hannah Henry, who doubled in the first inning and homered in the fourth. The Panthers also hit four doubles and took advantage of three Verbena errors in the game. Emma Pettus took a perfect game into the fifth inning before Verbena recorded two hits.

Game 2: Spring Garden 6, Holy Spirit Catholic 2
Holy Spirit held a 10-8 advantage in hits but stranded eight runners. Payton McGinnis was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI to lead Spring Garden (30-9). Allie Broome drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 showing. Lillian Laubenthal and Olivia Watkins had two hits each to pace Holy Spirit (19-11).

Game 1: Kinston 7, Appalachian 4 (9 innings)
Kinston (25-15) scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held off Appalachian (24-8-1) in the bottom of the frame to get the win. Three straight singles and a throwing error broke a 4-4 tie as the Bulldogs remained in the winner’s bracket. Kinston had led a 4-0 lead slip away after Appalachian scored four straight, including the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Victoria Peters drove in three runs on a 2-for-2 showing. She had a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Abbigail Johnson struck out 12 to get the pitching victory.

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