Abbeville Christian powers through to Class A state softball championship

Abbeville Christian Academy players celebrate after winning the Class A state championship with a 9-4 win over Crenshaw Christian on Saturday at Lagoon Park Softball Complex.

Abbeville Christian, a perennial favorite, rolled through the Class A state tournament with a vengeance, defeating North River 14-2, Coosa Valley 2-1, Crenshaw 11-0 and Crenshaw again, 9-4, at Lagoon Park on Saturday.

The second victory over Crenshaw earned the Generals the Class A state championship in softball, just three months after many of the same girls won the state championship in basketball at the Multiplex.

Abbeville Christian jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, as expected, with RBI singles by Caroline Armstrong and Hannah Kennedy in the first inning, but the Cougars grabbed the lead in the third with four runs. Leadoff walks to Brianna Toney and Reagan Lawrence were followed with an RBI single by Tanna Singleton and a sacrifice fly by Abby Henderson that tied the game. Molly Martin followed with an RBI double and Aly Billings reached on an error that scored another run for a 4-2 lead.

The Generals answered quickly with a two-run double by Emmaline Hartzog and a Hope Kennedy sacrifice fly for a 6-4 lead. Abbeville added three more runs in the sixth as Kennedy singled in Hartzog and Anna Grace Blalock followed two batters later with a two-run triple to right center.

Making the all-tournament team were Gabbie Causey, Hartzog, Armstrong and Kennedy of Abbeville Christian; Henderson, Lawrence and Martin of Crenshaw Christian; Jenna Castleburg and Carmen Lovett of Coosa Valley; and Lakelyn Dees of Jackson.

AISA STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

CLASS A

FRIDAY

Jackson Academy 12, Heritage Christian Academy 0

Crenshaw Christian Academy 16, Pickens Academy 3

Coosa Valley Academy 10, Meadowview Christian School 0

Abbeville Christian Academy 14, North River Christian 2

Pickens Academy 17, Heritage Christian Academy 7

North River Christian 17, Meadowview Christian School 7

Crenshaw Christian Academy 4, Jackson Academy 1

Abbeville Christian Academy 2, Coosa Valley Academy 1

Coosa Valley Academy 10, Pickens Academy 2

Jackson Academy 12, North River Christian 2

SATURDAY

Abbeville Christian Academy 11, Crenshaw Christian 0

Coosa Valley Academy 9, Jackson Academy 0

Crenshaw Christian 5, Coosa Valley Academy 1

Abbeville Christian Academy 9, Crenshaw Christian 4