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Edgewood’s season ends at AISA State Tournament

Story By Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos By Brian Tannehill | Director Photography

LAGOON PARK – The 22-win Edgewood Academy Wildcats battled their way through a highly competitive schedule and multiple tournaments. That experience paid dividends as they finished No. 2 in the region behind eventual Class AA Runner-Up Macon-East and earned a berth into the state tournament. That’s where their story ends though. The Wildcats battled and defeated Southern Choctaw in the first game, but dropped back-to-back outings to Macon East and then to Chambers, ending their season.

“I was very proud of the toughness that our girls had throughout the tournament,” said Kim Brown, coach of the Wildcats. “Class AA is set up some very strong teams and I feel that we competed very well.”

Aside from holding their own in a highly competitive class, the Wildcats are also very young. Nobody told them they weren’t supposed to be a success this season.

Brown: “There was a lot of speculation whether we’d even make it to the state tournament because we are so young.”

But a team can only be young for so long. The Wildcats aged early and matured with each inning played. A lot of that process can be attributed to the leadership of three Edgewood seniors: Harleigh Anderson, Haylee Brown and Faith Wheat.

Brown: “Our senior leadership was tremendous. All of them were super encouraging to our younger players and are great role models both on and off the field. They worked hard and never got discouraged.”

All of them have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at the next level.

As for the 2022 Wildcats – Brown expects them to build off the success they experienced next season.

Brown: “We have strong players returning and are adding some that were ineligible this year and that’s going to help us out a lot. We’ll definitely miss our three seniors but wish them all the best as they pursue their dream of playing college softball.”

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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