From Staff Reports

PRATTVILLE – The Athens 14U All-Stars made repeating as National Softball Association 14U State Champions look easy.

The Cyclones breezed through the tournament over the weekend by beating Clanton, Blount County, Phil Campbell and Middlebrook to claim the state title.

Laci Meals and Kayla McLemore combined to scatter two hits and record 10 strikeouts in the 5-4 win against Millbrook in the championship game Sunday afternoon.

Jessica Craft led Athens with a triple, single and scored the winning run in the win.

Destry Gibson, Caroline Hudson, Brooke Chittam and Victoria Sims all added one hit each for Athens.

The Cyclones advanced to the title game by eliminating Phil Campbell 8-1 late Saturday night.

Gibson sparkled on the mound by only allowing three hits in the win. She recorded five strikeouts in the complete game effort.

Hudson and Alex Bohanon led Athens with two hits and two RBIs.

Gibson, Erin Hillis, Craft, Kayla McLemore and Meals all added one hit each for Athens.

The Cyclones went undefeated through the All-Star tournament.

The Athens 8U All-Star team finished second in the state tournament. They forced the “if necessary” game, and jumped out to a 10-1 lead, but ended up losing 11-10 to finish second in the tournament.

The Athens 10U All-Stars won the first two games and lost its final two to finish fourth.

Limestone 12-year old Dizzy Dean Reds qualify for state:

The Limestone County 12-year old All-Star Reds went undefeated in pool play this past weekend winning the Dizzy Dean District 11 Tournament. By winning district, Limestone advances to play in the state tournament in Jasper this weekend.

“This is a really big deal,” Limestone Reds coach Jeff Lindsey said. “By winning the tournament, that means we are the best 12-year old Dizzy Dean baseball team in Limestone, Madison and Jackson Counties.”

The Reds defeated the Limestone Mustangs 11-1 in the District 11 Championship Game Saturday at Owens Elementary.

Lindsey believes the Reds have a good chance to make noise in the state tournament this weekend.

“We play well in all three phases of the game,” Lindsey said. “We have good pitching, good defense and we hit the ball well.

“We have hit the ball really well during the last few games we have played. If that can carry over to the state tournament, then we should be able to fare well.”

Lindsey said that making it to the state tournament is a huge honor, and the players deserve everything they have gotten. We’re looking forward to it.”

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