Historical run ends at state

Right fielder Kaylan Martin shows great form but had trouble at the plate against Kinston. -Jaime Maddox

Right fielder Kaylan Martin shows great form but had trouble at the plate against Kinston. -Jaime Maddox

What a year for the Appalachian softball team as they made school history becoming the first team to make it to the AHSAA state tournament in Montgomery. They fought hard, against their opponents and the elements, as they made their run towards a state championship eventually falling to defending state champion Brantley.

The Lady Eagles don’t have a senior on the team so the future remains bright for this group of athletes who were both area and regional champions. They won the program’s first ever game in a state tournament and finished in the AHSAA top six final ranking of the season.

A late score cost Appalachian in their opening game against Kinston. They stayed in it until the end, but Kinston pulled away late in the 4-7 loss. The game was tied at four in the top of the ninth when Kinston scored three runs. Appalachian failed to score. Ashley Whittington took the loss going eight and a third allowing nine hits on six runs while striking out three. She led the Eagles at the plate going 2-5 with one RBI.

In game two, the Eagles started off strong notching two runs in the first off Aleigha Wilson’s single. They scored four more in the third inning off the bats of Zoe Payne (2-3) and Jordan Henderson (1-3) as they went on to beat Holy Spirit 6-3. Elsie Maddox took the win allowing six hits and one run over four innings. Ashley Maddox threw three innings of relief out of the bullpen. The Eagles racked up seven hits in the game including a homer off the bat of Henderson.

The game two victory kept them alive as they advanced to their third game on the day. The Lady Eagles smacked seven hits throughout the game, but still came up short in a 6-8 loss to Brantley. Severe weather pushed the game back and then caused a delay midway through the contest. Despite all that, the Eagles continued to fight. Reilly Lancaster (3-4) led the Eagles at the plate. Elise Maddox took the loss.

The Lady Eagles finished their remarkable 2019 season with a 25-9 record.