Ragland claims sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 1A state ti­tle

AHSAA State Soft­bal­lTour­na­ment Roundup

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MONT­GOMERY – The Ragland Lady Pur­ple Devils won their sec­ond Class 1A state soft­ball cham­pi­onship in a row with a 6-3 win in the fi­nals over South La­mar on Satur­day. The Pur­ple Devils (28-6) had sent South La­mar to the losers bracket ear­lier Satur­day with a 10-0 win in the win­ner’s bracket fi­nals.

Ragland scored five runs in the fourth in­ning of the fi­nal game to break open a 1-1 tie. Som­mar Wright, who pitched all four of her team’s state­tour­na­ment wins, al­lowed six hits and struck out three in the fi­nals to earn MVP hon­ors.

Brit­tany John­son drove in two runs in the big in­ning to pace the Pur­ple Devils and Lau­ren Wright added two hits.

Lead­ing South La­mar was pitcher Courtney Han­cock with three hits, in­clud­ing a two-run homer.

Also se­lected to the Class 1A All­Tour­na­ment Team with Wright were: Madi­son Oliver, Emily Church and Lau­ren Jessica Wright of Ragland; Courtney Han­cock, Bailie Spring­field, Karo­line Hol­son­beck and Ken­dra Wil­son of South La­mar; Sara Mock and Tasha Mack of Kin­ston.

Class 2A Hatton 2-6, Lex­ing­ton 1-3

MONT­GOMERY – Hatton (42-15) came out of the losers bracket to beat area ri­val Lex­ing­ton 2-1 and 6-3 Fri­day night at La­goon Park in Mont­gomery to claim the Class 2A state soft­ball cham­pi­onship.

Hil­lary Car­pen­ter hurled both wins, pitch­ing a six-hit­ter in the de­cid­ing game and strik­ing out four. She yielded five hits and struck out five in the first game to force the do-or-die game in the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion, eight-team state tour­na­ment.

Jessica Speake clubbed two hits and drove in one run for the Hor­nets. Shaide Parker had two RBIs on one hit off los­ing pitcher Tenna Pat­ter­son. Kate Wal­lace had two hits for Lex­ing­ton (3813-1) and drove in two runs.

Carey Grace Pee­bles sin­gled in the go-ahead run in the sixth in­ning of the first game. Pat­ter­son al­lowed only three hits and struck out three in the loss.

Car­pen­ter was se­lected 2A State Tour­na­ment MVP. Also named to the All-Tour­na­ment Team were Jessica Speake, Carey Grace Pee­bles and Mariah Cantrell of Hatton; Han­nah Harper, Katie Wal­lace, Tenna Pat­ter­son and Phoenix Young of Lex­ing­ton; Cadi Oliver and Katyln Sides of Su­mi­ton Chris­tian.

Class 3A Pis­gah 16, Geneva 2

MONT­GOMERY – Se­nior catcher Shelby Hol­ley closed out her ca­reer with her 35th home run of the sea­son in her fi­nal at bat as Pis­gah (43-13-1) claimed the Class 3A state soft­ball cham­pi­onship with a 16-2 win over Geneva in the cham­pi­onship game. It was the sev­enth state ti­tle in Pis­gah school his­tory.

Hol­ley, who also set the na­tional prep record for home runs in a ca­reer with 78 in her five-year ca­reer for Coach Billy Dun­can’s Ea­gles, was named MVP of the 3A state tour­na­ment that con­cluded Satur­day af­ter­noon at La­goon Park. Hol­ley, a Jack­sonville State signee, will go into the NFHS record books with a to­tal of 72 home runs since the six she hit as an eighth grader are not counted in NFHS record com­pi­la­tions. She hit five home runs in the 2011 state tour­ney.

Hol­ley’s fi­nal homer cli­maxed a fiverun sev­enth in­ning as she fin­ished with three hits, five RBIs and four runs scored. Ella Den­nis also had three hits in the fi­nals. Me­gan Smith hurled the win.

Kasey Car­swell had a dou­ble and sin­gle to pace Geneva. Augie Pena was the los­ing pitcher for the Pan­thers.

Geneva lost to Pis­gah ear­lier in the day 10-5 in the win­ner’s bracket fi­nals, then beat Saks 9-5 to reach the cham­pi­onship game.

Also named to the Class 3A Al­lTour­ney team with Hol­ley were: Jessica Rob­bins, Me­gan Smith and Car­ri­annne Hester of Pis­gah; El­iz­a­beth Hol­land, Kasey Car­swell, Augie Pena and Marisse Jenk­ins of Geneva; Kyla Goe­doe and Mi­randa Kil­gore of Saks.

Class 5A Mor­timer Jor­dan 5, Moody 1

MONT­GOMERY – Mor­timer Jor­dan (33-7) clawed its way out of the loser’s bracket Satur­day to beat Moody 8-1 and 5-1 in the fi­nals to claim the Blue Devils’ third Class 5A state soft­ball ti­tle in four years.

Coach Laura Rick­man’s team was sent to the loser’s bracket on Fri­day but reeled off five straight vic­to­ries en route to the fast pitch cham­pi­onship Satur­day night at La­goon Park.

Pitcher Bair John­son earned MVP hon­ors by pitch­ing 33 in­nings on Satur­day. She al­lowed five hits and struck out one in the fi­nal game and added three hits at the plate. Erin Lopez and Haylie McClen­ney also had three hits each in the fi­nal game.

For Moody, Vic­to­ria Lewis had one hit and scored the only run for Coach Amanda El­lis’ team in the fi­nal game. Des­tiny Perry was the los­ing pitcher.

John­son pitched a six-hit­ter and struck out three and McClen­ney also had three hits in the 8-1 win that set up the de­cid­ing game. Moody los­ing pitcher Mea­gan Young had two hits in the game.

Moody had won an ex­cit­ing 2-1 vic- tory over Faith Academy in the fi­nals of the win­ner’s bracket to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship of the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment

The Blue Devils beat Faith Academy 5-3 in the loser’s bracket fi­nals and also downed Hart­selle 15-3 and Chelsea 5-4 in eight in­nings on Satur­day to keep their cham­pi­onship hopes alive.

Join­ing MVP John­son on the Class 5A All-Tour­na­ment Team were: Haylie McCleney, Shelby Maze and Shelby McGraw of Mor­timer Jor­dan; Candice Crutch­field, Lea Crutch­field, Mea­gan Young and Shelbi Bush of Moody; Codi Mid­dle­ton and Tyler Win­kler of Faith Academy.

Class 6A Dothan 2-8, Hoover 8-2

MONT­GOMERY – Hoover came out of the loser’s bracket to beat Dothan 8-2 Fri­day at La­goon Park to force an­other game, but the Lady Tigers re­turned the fa­vor in the fi­nal con­test to claim the school’s first fast pitch Class 6A state soft­ball cham­pi­onship.

Hi­lari Hop­kins had three hits, in­clud­ing a triple, and Au­drey Jones scored two runs in the fi­nal game. Kasey Cooper and Crys­tal An­der­son opened the fi­nal game with solo homers. Toni An­der­son also slugged homers for Dothan (59-7-1).

Emily Robin­son gave up four hits and struck out four to notch the win. Madi­son Dickey also opened the bot­tom of the first in­ning with a home run for the Bucs. (43-25).

Dothan’s Kasey Cooper was cho­sen MVP. Also named to the Class 6A All-Tour­na­ment Team were Crys­tal An­der­son, Hi­lari Hop­kins and Denise An­der­son of Dothan; Madi­son Dickey, Mary C. Ni­chols, Marcy Harper and Kalee Sparks, Hoover; Me­gan Dowdy and Han­nah Qualls of Fairhope.

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