CLASS 5A: Springville 6, Helena 2
Defending state champion Springville lost its first-round game to Beauregard 4-1, then clawed out of loser’s bracket by winning six straight games to claim the AHSAA Class 5A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
    The Lady Tigers (40-13) of Coach Chris Williams rebounded to beat Russellville (13-3), Rehobeth (3-2), Alexandria (9-0) and Marbury (5-0) to set up a showdown with winner’s bracket champion Helena (32-17). Springville won 6-3 in the finals to set up a second game in the double elimination tourney. The Lady Tigers scored six runs in the last two innings to win the state title over the Huskies 6-2.
    Winning pitcher Abby Swaney scattered seven hits and struck out three to get the win. Lead-off hitter Meg Sullivan slugged a two-run homer, Hanna Walker had one hit and two RBIs, Kaylee Chapman had three hits with a double and two runs scored, and Piper Long also had two hits or Springville.
    Helen’s Mekhi Mayfield had a double and single and Reagan Curtis had two hits for Coach Heidi Kouveras’ Huskies. Avery Barnett pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits and struck out one to get the championship game loss.

CLASS 4A: Curry 5, LAMP 0
Curry (44-4), coached by Phillip Smith, outscored four opponents 26-2 en route to the school’s first Class 4A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park. The Yellow Jackets beat LAMP of Montgomery 5-0 in the championship game as Class 4A tourney MVP Ashlee Swindle hurled a five-hit shutout and struck out 12. She walked only one.
    Swindle also slugged a two-run homer. Teammates Emily Aaron and Justus Perry also hit solo homers for the hard-hitting Jackets.  Reagan Watkins had one hit at the plate and pitched 4 1/3 innings to get the final-game loss.
     Curry went 4-0 in the state tourney beating Montgomery-Catholic (11-1), Handley (9-1) and Central-Florence (1-0) to reach the finals.  LAMP (44-6), coached by Anthony Norris, beat Carbon Hill (8-2), then lost to Central Florence (3-2) before battling out of the loser’s bracket with wins over Montgomery Catholic (1-0), Handley (3-1) and Central-Florence (5-2) to reach the championship game.
     Joining Swindle on the 4A All-Tourney Team were Perry, Aaron and Kaylee Horton of Curry, Watkins, Madison Lockwood and Courtney Ray of LAMP, Laken Distenfano of Central-Florence, Loni Veal, Handley, and Michaelyn Foster, Montgomery Catholic.


  • CLASS 1A: Brantley 5, Billingsley 1
    Brantley (37-10), coached by Cindy Hawthorne, avenged an earlier loss to Billingsley in the winner’s bracket finals to beat the Bears 5-1 to win the Bulldogs’ third straight AHSAA Class 1A state softball championship Thursday night at Lagoon Park.
         Leanna Johnson hurled a 3-hitter and struck out four to get the championship game win. Brantley came out of the loser’s bracket also beat Billingsley 4-1 to force the final game in the double-elimination tournament.
        Class 1A State Tourney MVP Alex Wilcox and Kassidy Wilcox each had a double and two-run homers to drive in all five runs for Brantley in the finals. Alex Wilcox had three RBIs.  Hannah Sims also had two hits.
        Billingsley (18-15), coached by J.T. Lawrence, sent Brantley to the loser’s bracket with a 1-0 win. The Bears also beat Decatur Heritage (6-5) and Ragland (8-1) to reach the championship.  Katlyn Childress pitched a complete game allowing seven hits and striking out six to get the championship game loss.  Kenzie Glass drove in Billingsley’s only run with a double in the second inning.
        Named to the Class 1A All-Tourney Team were: Olivia Jones, Brantley; Kassidy Wilcox, Brantley; Leanna Johnson, Brantley; Jessica Smart, Spring Garden; Emma Newman, South Lamar; Madison Motley, Billingsley; Casey Headly, Billingsley; Kelsie Elrod, Billingsley; Katlyn Childress, Billingsley.