Awards roll in for Hayden softball


The Hayden Lady Wildcats rolled to the 5A softball title last month at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park on the strength of the right arm of senior pitcher Caitlin Kirkland. For her outstanding work this year, she was named to the Super All-State Team and was voted the Pitcher of the Year for Class 5A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA).

Kirkland was joined on the 5A All State Team by Wildcat third-basemen Katie Parr and Hayden head coach John Simmons was named the 5A Coach of the Year.

Kirkland was almost untouchable her senior year, finishing 26-4 on the mound with a 0.60 ERA. In 164 innings, she struck out 193 while walking 24. She threw five no-hitters and 19 shutouts, including back-toback shutouts of Scottsboro at the state tournament in the title-clinching series.

Parr was the basher in the potent Wildcat lineup. The junior finished the year with a .467 average with nine home runs, 14 doubles, and 62 RBIs.

Simmons led the Wildcats to a 45-6-1 record and a state title in his 11th year as head coach. Locust Fork’s Rhodes named to 4A team

Locust Fork senior Christian Rhodes starred on the mound for the Lady Hornets but it was her bat that put her on the 4A All-State Team.

The senior batted .478 on the year with 14 home runs, 16 doubles, and 45 RBIs in leading her team to a 17-14 record and a berth in the North-Central Regional in Tuscaloosa.