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2022 Look Back: Montgomery Catholic Softball

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos by CAScoreboard Staff

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – The Montgomery Catholic Softball Knights were poised to ship the roundtable to scenic Choccolocco Park and hold court in Oxford for the first time since the state tournament moved there. However, their travel plans were thwarted in the regional tournament.  

After falling in the second round to regional champion Beulah, the Knights donned the #builtbycatholic armor and begin a merciless march through the knockout bracket. Catholic – led by seniors Auburn Wilcoxson, CC Crawford and Mallory Hildebrand – dispatched Reeltown (7-0) and Thomasville (10-7) before settling into a winner-take-Oxford showdown with perennial postseason stallworth Prattville Christian. 

“We had a young team with a group of four core seniors,” said Toole. “They really stepped up and led this team. We played some of our best ball in the regional tournament.” 

The finale proved to be a wild-west-style-softball-shootout with runners running their way round the bases with a frenetic pace. The Knights fell one-run short of victory, losing 14-13 to PCA. 

The march toward a Blue Map went awry, Toole is still ecstatic with the way her Knights competed this season.

Toole: “Going into the season, we didn’t have many girls with varsity experience. So as they played, they got more comfortable and confident. It was tough losing by one run in the last game at regionals, but I am very proud of how the girls played and left everything they had on the field.”

While this chapter ends, another is being written as the Knights will have a new set of opponents next spring. The Knights and those pesky Panthers both move up to 4A as part of the ASHAA’s Competitive Balance program – however – they are not in the same area. 

Montgomery Catholic will line up against Capital City Conference foe LAMP, Bullock County and B.T. Washington.

Toole: “We will be even younger in 2023, but I am excited to see all these young girls work together to get better. The future is bright for Catholic Softball. Our goal is the same as every year: We want to get a little better every day and to be playing our best ball in May.”

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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