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Hayden softball wins 1st state title; Pisgah rolls to 3A crown

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The Pisgah softball team rolled to its eighth state championship after taking down Winfield in Class 3A and Hayden grabbed its first Class 5A title in the AHSAA Tournament Saturday at Montgomery's Lagoon Park.

Class 3A Finals

Pisgah Rolls to 8th state title

Tournament MVP Megan Smith threw three shutouts while allowing only one run in 28 innings as the Class 3A Pisgah Eagles rolled to their eighth state crown.

The Eagles (46-7-2) defeated Winfield 9-0 in the finals for their 29th consecutive win this season.

Pisgah won five straight Class 2A titles from 2001-2005 then captured 3A crowns in 2008 and 2001. They were runners-up to Saks last year.

Smith gave up 17 hits in four games, walked five and fanned 37. It was her third straight year to earn all-tournament honors. She was joined on the all-tourney team by teammates Lillie McCrary and Paxton Nance. McCrary, an all-tournament selection last year, had seven hits in the tournament including a 3-for-3 performance in the finals.

Winfield (40-10) placed four on the team–Samantha Riley, Emma Atkinson, Micaela Black and Madison Moore.

Class 5A Finals

Hayden clips Scottsboro for 1st state championship

Brooke Meadows' homered leading off the first inning and Caitlyn Kirkland tossed a two-hitter to lift Hayden (45-6-1) to a 1-0 victory over Scottsboro and their first Class 5A state softball championship.

Kirkland, named the tournament's MVP, had earlier shutout Scottsboro 2-0 in the winners' bracket final. In the two contests, she limited Scottsboro to 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out four.

Meadows was also named to the all-tournament team after going 7-for-13 in Hayden's four tournament games. She went 4-for-4 against Shelby County in their tournament opener, scored three runs and drove in four, including a three-run home run.

Hayden's Meleah Hargett, Briarwood Christian's Morgan Reed, and Payton Metz, Ashley Smart and Emily Glover of Scottsboro (49-14) also made the all-tournament team.

Hargett was 5-for-14 for Hayden. Metz had three of Scottsboro's seven hits in the final two games.

Source:  AHSAA

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