Missy Odom Leads Jasper to Historic AHSAA Class 5A Softball Title

OXFORD, AL – On Thursday, Jasper High School faced a daunting challenge at Choccolocco Park. The Vikings needed four consecutive victories, including two back-to-back wins over Moody, to clinch the Class 5A state softball championship. They rose to the occasion and achieved just that.

In a thrilling finale, Emma Lou Frank’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored pinch-runner America Montgomery from third base, sealing a 3-2 victory over Moody and securing Jasper’s first fast-pitch title. This win marks a significant milestone for Jasper, which previously won slow-pitch titles in 1994, 1995, and 1996 before transitioning to fast-pitch.

Moody (29-17), also vying for its first state softball championship, had an impressive run in the double-elimination tournament. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils triumphed over Marbury 6-1, Hayden 5-0, and Alexandria 10-4. Meanwhile, Jasper fought through the elimination bracket, defeating Rehobeth and Alexandria, as Moody rested and awaited their next challenge.

Jasper (34-7-1) demonstrated their offensive prowess with a 16-11 victory over Moody, forcing a decisive final game. In this high-stakes match, Jasper scored twice in the second inning, while Moody responded with two runs in the fifth. The Vikings then opened the bottom of the seventh inning with consecutive hits, setting the stage for Frank’s game-winning hit.

Frank concluded the championship game 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Makenzie Adams also contributed an RBI. Moody’s Ryleigh Hodges drove in a run, and Emma Kile and Taylor Rogers added to the scoreboard.

Tournament MVP Missy Odom delivered an outstanding performance, striking out six and allowing six hits to secure the championship victory. Odom pitched four complete games on Thursday, showcasing her exceptional skill and endurance.

This victory adds to Jasper’s impressive sports achievements, as the school also won its first Class 5A girls’ state basketball championship in early March. Missy Odom was named the Class 5A basketball player of the year for her stellar performance.

Recap of Class 5A Games on Thursday:

Jasper 16, Moody 11

Missy Odom played a pivotal role, driving in three runs with a first-inning double and finishing with four RBIs. She also pitched a complete game to earn the win. The matchup saw both teams combine for 29 hits and 11 walks in a high-scoring contest.

Ashlyn Tucker contributed three hits and three RBIs for Jasper, while Idaysia Mercer added two hits, two RBIs, and four runs scored. Pinch-runner America Montgomery crossed the plate three times. For Moody, Lacey Nichols and Abi Gray each had two hits and two RBIs, and Kennedy Hockman drove in three runs.

Jasper 6, Rehobeth 1

Jasper dominated Rehobeth by scoring three runs in the fourth inning and another three in the sixth to advance further in the tournament. Ashlyn Tucker drove in a run and went 2-for-3 at the plate. Missy Odom scattered four hits over seven innings, striking out nine to secure the pitching victory.

Jasper 4, Alexandria 1

In a crucial game, Jasper scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to establish a 4-0 lead. Alexandria managed a single run in the bottom of the frame. This victory propelled Jasper into the Class 5A championship series. Isabella Brown, Ashlyn Tucker, and Brinlee Clark each drove in runs, while Missy Odom struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on five hits in a complete-game effort.

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