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Lady Eagles win state title

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (WALB) -   Terrell Academy Lady Eagles have won the GISA Class A state softball title.

The Lady Eagles beat David Emaunel 4-0 and then beat Briarwood 5-4 to claim the title but it didn't come easy.

In extra innings the Eagles were trailing Briarwood 4-2 and down to their final three outs in the bottom of the 8th. The Eagles needed some power and they would get some from Frankie Mason. She drove a pitch deep to right center for a two run homer to tie the game at four.

Later in the inning with Brittnay Spilman on 2nd Maura Milliron hit a bloop single to right. Briarwood's throw went past 3rd base and into the dugout. Spilman scored and the Eagles took the state championship.

"We probably have had more comebacks this year that I've had in all my years of coaching. It's just been amazing. This group never quits, never gives up" said head coach Keith Jones.

After three trips to the final four without a state championship this year was extra special for the seniors.

"I can't describe it. I told myself I wasn't going to cry but I already cried so" said Mason.

"I've always wanted a state championship so I guess my senior year is the perfect time" said winning pitcher Amanda Cook.

"It's been tough the past couple years because we havn't had one and then coming here your senior year it's very exciting" said Lauren Duckworth. 

For the first time since 2005 the Terrell Academy Eagles are once again state champions in softball. Next week it's back to practice for the Eagles. Not on the diamond but on the hardwood. About 75 percent of the girls have a state championship to defend on the basketball court.

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