Edgewood Academy’s softball program is state tournament bound.
The Wildcats clinched their area Thursday, defeating Hooper Academy 7-2 in game one of an area double header to secure the crown before grabbing a walk-off victory 9-8 against the Colts in game two.
“Super big win for both games,” Edgewood head coach Kim Brown said. “I’m extremely proud of the girls, proud of the effort that they gave both games, all the way through to finish.”
Edgewood is now on a seven-game winning streak.
Harleigh Anderson batted in runs on three separate occasions for the Wildcats in game one.
Her two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning broke open what was a scoreless tie. She followed that up by bringing Faith Wheat home on a fielding error to grow the lead to 4-0 in the fifth, then her second two-run double made the lead an insurmountable 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth.
Anderson also started in the circle, and pitched a complete game that would have gone down as a shutout had it not been for a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
“I rely a lot on Harleigh and her pitching,” Brown said. “She’s our No. 1 and pitches the majority of our games. Our defense is confident and solid behind her, and that boosts her to be able to do what she needs in the circle. To only give up five hits out of 27 batters faced, and having eight strikeouts in there is a job well done.”
Wheat finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI.
Edgewood fell behind 4-0 in game two, but came back to win 9-8 on a walk-off bunt by Anderson that scored senior Haylee Brown.
“When you get down 4-0 in the first inning, it’s easy to come out and not play your best,” Kim Brown said. “But they didn’t. They came out and fought and did what they needed to win the second game.”
Lindsey Brown picked up a two-run go-ahead triple in the sixth inning to put the Wildcats ahead 7-6.
Katelyn Mercer tossed all seven innings for Edgewood.
The Wildcats will resume play against Evangel Christian Monday.