Softball state champs

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Andalusia 8U All-Star softball team state champions shown in the front row from L to R: Emma Capps, Maggie Furr, Alaina Wheeler, Lessie Allison, Mollie Furr and Olivia Mikel. Middle row from L to R: Erin Riley, Madison O'Connor, Amanda Majors, Lailie Allison, Macie Walden and Hannah Everhardt. Back row from L to R: Scott Riley, Tim O'Connor, Mike Majors, Anthony Mikel and Noel Wheeler. | Courtesy photo

Andy 8Us, County 10Us, 14Us win softball titles in Brewton

Three local All-Star softball teams brought home state championships from the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U Babe Ruth State Tournament in Brewton this weekend.

Andalusia beat Covington County 15-14 in the championship game in 8U action; Covington County’s 10U girls beat Andalusia 22-5; and CC’s 14U team beat Atmore 11-0.

8-and-under championship

Andalusia 15, Covington County 14

Andalusia held a 15-8 lead going into the last inning of the ball game, but CC scored seven runs to make the game interesting.

Andalusia coach Anthony Mikel quickly gave credit to his assistant coaches Mike Majors, Tim O’Connor, Scott Riley and Noah Wheeler­ for helping with the win.

“We played excellent defense,” Mikel said. “We had one game that we bunted six times in.

“We just played good defense, and we hit the ball very well,” he said. “I thought we played as a team. It was those girls (that won it).”

10-and-under championship

Covington County 22, Andalusia 5

CC coach Pat Norris said his team hit the ball really well, and that was the main difference in the team’s win.

“We played outstanding all through the tournament,” Norris said.

Norris said it was impressive to see the team be able to 10-run its opponent in every game of the tournament.

In pool play, Covington County beat East Brewton 13-3 in the first game; defeated Andalusia 24-9; defeated Brewton 15-5; and defeated Atmore 20-1 to get a top seed in the championship series.

“It was a good tournament,” Norris said. “I wish we could go on.”

Andalusia coach Daniel Burden said Covington County brought the “better” team.

“We had a good team too, but we just got outplayed,” Burden said. “We had fun together, all the same.”

12-and-under championship

Brewton 10,Covington County 1

CC 12U coach Eric Schwartz said the team had a good run at the tournament, and that the team came together real well.

“It was one of the most enjoyable teams that I’ve dealt with,” Schwartz said. “We just came up a little short.”

In the six games, the CC 12Us played, they only gave up 12 runs, Schwartz said.

14-and-under championship

Covington County 11, Atmore 0

Covington County’s 14U girls were flawless going into the championship game against Atmore, toppling the 16U Atmore, Brewton and Northwest Escambia, Fla. teams.

CC beat Northwest Escambia 18-3 in its first game on Thursday, then came back on Friday to beat Atmore’s 16U squad 17-7.

On Saturday, CC beat Brewton’s 16U team 8-6, and that night beat Atmore’s 14U 11-0 in the championship.

“They played well together,” CC’s 14U coach Heath Bulger said. “They worked as a team. When somebody gets down, they were there to pick each other up.

“They are a great bunch of girls,” he said.

In the championship game, CC’s Brentley Armstrong pitched all five innings to get the win for her team.

Hayden Willis had a single; Kristen Peavey had a triple; Abbie Walker had one single and one double; Armstrong had two singles; Taylor McGhee had one single; Sarah Langford had one single; and Santanna Hammrac had one single.

Against Brewton’s 16U team, CC’s Anna Bulger, Walker, Armstrong and Hammrac had two hits each.

In the 17-7 win over Atmore, Molly Stewart had an inside-the-park home run; and Langford had three singles to lead CC.