YEAR IN REVIEW: Local softball teams make postseason runs

Published 12:17 am Saturday, January 4, 2020

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The 2019 softball season came and went with local teams making runs to and in the postseason.

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots made a return trip to Montgomery’s Lagoon Park, while Charles Henderson made it into the regional tournament.

The Lady Patriots have made it a habit in recent years to advance to Lagoon Park for the state tournament. After finishing in third in 2018, head coach Scott Rollan and the Patriots finished in fourth in 2019.

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The Patriots began the postseason with a sweep of Lee-Scott in round one. The win sent the Patriots into the regional tournament. After losing to Glenwood, the Patriots secured the three seed the next day with a win over Springwood.

The Patriots finished day one 2-1 with wins over Morgan Academy and Springwood. The Patriots had their season come to a close a day later with a loss to Bessemer Academy.

Pike’s Grace Rushing was named the Messenger’s All-Area Player of the Year in 2019. Dannah Dawson, Ally Rushing and Morgan Bundy joined her on the All-Area team.

The Charles Henderson Trojans finished the regular season in second place in their area, forcing them to travel to Rehobeth for the area tournament.

The Trojans were in need of two wins to advance to the regional tournament. They did just that by picking up wins against Carroll and Greenville. They lost to Rehobeth in the finals, but a second place finish ensured them a spot in the regional tournament.

After knocking off Jackson in round one, the Trojans saw their season come to a close with back-to-back shutout losses to Satsuma and Tallassee.

Sydni Garrett, Heather Maxwell and Emma Kirkpatrick all finished the season on the All-Area Team.