NWE brings home state championship

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pictured are, from left, Kristen Byrd, coach Ronald Peebles, Ally Edwards, Courtney Peebles, Peyton Dortch, Kendal Cobb, Danielle Steadham, Penny Banda, Cheyanne Schoonover, Kyndall Hall, Addy Lee, coach Jarod Peebles, Liberty Peebles and coach Jill Lee.

After fighting for a state title as a group for four long years, the Helton Irrigation Northwest Escambia Farm Girls 16U All-Star team finally brought that dream home to the Atmore area this weekend in the softball state tournament in Brewton, running the gauntlet and going undefeated in the contest.

Friday night the Farm Girls began their championship run with an 11-6 win over Brewton. Pitcher Courtney Peebles threw seven innings in the game, giving up only walk. Kristen Byrd scored three runs, while Peebles and Penny Banda each scored twice. Addy Lee, Danielle Steadham, Kendal Cobb and Peyton Dortch each scored a run apiece in the win.

Saturday night NWE found another huge win in a 20-2 dominating effort over the Atmore All-Stars. Peebles pitched five innings with four strikeouts on the night and scored two runs. Steadham, Lee, Schoonover and Kyndall Hall each notched three runs, while Banda and Cobb also scored twice. Ally Edwards, Dortch and Byrd each scored once.

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In Sunday’s state championship game, NWE once again knocked off Brewton in an 11-5 decision.  Byrd found the plate twice, while Peebles, Schoonover, Banda, Lee, Dortch, Cobb, Steadham, Hall and Liberty Peebles all scored once.

The girls will now move on to the softball World Series beginning next Tuesday in Wintersville, NC.