Orange Beach wins 2A State Softball title
(OBA®) – Orange Beach, AL – Let the kids take care of our community. From Hurricane Sally to softball-sized hail, we’ve been beaten to say the least for the past eight months. All that extra weight just got a lot lighter thanks to a group of young, determined and resilient student-athletes who took the AHSAA 2A State Softball Championship tournament by storm this week. They are shining stars for our city.
As AL.com said, David beat Goliath. Pisgah is a 10-time state championship school while Orange Beach High School has lined up its freshman varsity team with a phenomenal and insanely young group – two 11th graders, one 10th and the rest seventh through ninth.
Dramatically, down 2-1 at the bottom of the ninth inning, seventh-grade Ava Hodo landed a two-run home run as the Makos stunned Pisgah 3-2 to win the class state title 2A at Signature Field. Thursday at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. During the tournament, the Lady Makos also avenged a regional loss to defending 2A champion GW Long by setting up a clinic, winning 7-1.
Eighth grader Justine Henderson took the victory over the mound, holding a powerful Pisgah team. Ahead of the championship, Henderson pitched three full games, beating Sumiton Christian 6-4, Spring Garden 3-1 and GW Long 7-1.
To welcome and congratulate these exceptional players, the community turned out on Friday afternoon as the bus escorted by police arrived at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
Speaking at the welcome rally, Principal Dr Robbie Smith said: “Just to let you know this group went undefeated. They beat the reigning 2A State Champion and the 3A State Champion in title to bring the credit card back to Orange Beach, Alabama. It doesn’t get better than this. It doesn’t get better than this. So you all know this school wouldn’t be possible without Mayor Kennon and our city council in a perfect combination with the schools in Baldwin County We were able to accomplish what no one else has done before We won a state title as part of a freshman program; this has never happened before. “
Mayor Tony Kennon said the softball team has now set the standard for Mako Athletics.
“But it also sets the standard for academics and our arts,” he said. “It’s not just the sport, it’s excellence from top to bottom, side by side throughout our school. It’s also a testament to our community, so thank you very much.”
Our year at Orange Beach is starting to shine much brighter, as is the future of these talented young women.