COLUMBUS — Northwest Whitfield won the Class 4A softball state title Saturday in a dramatic 2-1 extra-innings victory against Madison County that ended on a two-run home run by Bayli Cruse.
The game was scoreless through seven innings and went to the eighth with the international tiebreaker in effect, meaning the player who made the final out from the previous inning started on second base with no outs.
Madison County scored once in its half of the eighth, and Hannah Godfrey started the Lady Bruins’ half on second. Cruse sent the second pitch over the center-field fence, delivering Northwest its first fast-pitch state title. The Lady Bruins won the Class 3A slow-pitch championships in 1987 and 1993.
Emily Boyd pitched all eight innings for the Lady Bruins, with the senior allowing five hits and striking out seven.
Northwest had six hits in the game.
The Lady Bruins are expected to arrive back at the school in Tunnel Hill between 9 and 10 tonight, and fans are invited to come out and welcome the state champions.
Visit daltonnow.com later and see Sunday’s edition of The Daily Citizen for more coverage of the Lady Bruins’ championship victory.