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Future looks bright for Morgan Academy softball team

The Morgan Academy softball team laid the foundation for a strong future this season.

The Lady Senators went 6-21, but finished second in Region 2 and made the AISA State Softball Tournament. Morgan Academy lost to Pike Liberal Arts 6-0 and Tuscaloosa Academy 10-3 in the state tournament.

Morgan Academy coach Cherie Grimes said the Lady Senators improved as the season progressed.

“We have continuously grown together as a team and continued to improve each day,” Grimes said. “It was an amazing feeling for all of us making it to the state tournament. We knew we could get there, we put in the work and we did it as a second seed in our region. We made our goal and we’re going to build on that. All of our girls have worked hard this year. Now we move forward.”

Grimes praised the performances of pitcher Ainsley Smitherman, catcher Madi Britt, Leanna Johnson and Abigail Lane. She also said the additions of Tindal Albritton, Maggie Colley and Averee Adams were great assets to the Lady Senators’ starting lineup.

Grimes thanked former Senators softball coach Ed Miller for his contributions this season. Miller coached Dallas County High to a Class 4A state title in 2011.

“Coach Miller was a huge asset to the team with his 39 years of coaching experience,” Grimes said.  “He was with us this year teaching us the core details to becoming a successful team.”