Dominant Performance Leads Wicksburg to AHSAA Class 2A Softball Title

JACKSONVILLE, AL – The Wicksburg High School Panthers clinched the Class 2A state softball championship with a dominant performance, winning four consecutive games with a combined score of 42-0. Led by star player Anleigh Wood, who had two triples and drove in three runs, the Panthers secured a 10-0 victory over Thorsby in Friday’s championship game at Jacksonville State University’s Jana McGinnis Field.

Wicksburg (26-12-1) showcased a balanced offensive effort, with five additional players each driving in one run. Starting pitcher Natalie Cole struck out eight batters and earned the six-inning shutout, allowing only three hits and one walk. The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning, added six in the fifth, and concluded the game with two more in the sixth.

This victory marks Wicksburg’s first state softball championship, achieved just a season after finishing as the Class 2A runner-up to Hatton. The Panthers’ path to the title included a series of shutouts: they began the tournament with a 15-0 victory over Hatton, where Wood doubled, homered, and finished with six RBIs. They continued their dominance with a 14-0 win over Pleasant Valley and a 3-0 victory over Thorsby in Thursday’s winners bracket final.

Thorsby earned their spot in the championship round by defeating Pisgah 5-4 earlier on Friday.

Earlier Friday Games from the Class 2A Tournament

Pisgah 9, Hatton 7

Pisgah pulled off a crucial victory against Hatton by mounting a six-run rally in the third inning, sending ten batters to the plate and turning a 5-2 deficit into an 8-5 lead. Despite Hatton’s attempt to close the gap with a single run in the fourth, Pisgah maintained control. Rylan Lawson, Brinley Chisenall, Paisley Patalas, and Skylar Hughes each had two hits for Pisgah, while Madeline Flammia contributed a three-run triple. Hatton’s Kylie Smith went 2-for-3, recording two RBIs and two runs.

Thorsby 5, Pisgah 4

Thorsby broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, ultimately securing a 5-4 victory over Pisgah. Despite being outhit 7-6 and committing seven errors, Thorsby advanced to the Class 2A championship. Makinley Turner led the Rebels, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs, and an RBI. She also pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits, two walks, and striking out ten. Pisgah’s Julianne Davis had a solid performance, going 2-for-2 with an RBI.

For fans of Alabama high school sports, Wicksburg’s remarkable tournament run stands as a testament to their skill, determination, and teamwork.

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