Playing in their 4th Tri State exposure, the Birmingham Giants 16u Softball team grabbed the championship from one of Alabama’s bigger softball showcases on sunday. Starting the weekend with their 3 pool play games, the Giants led off with the Cross hits 04 team. Alyssa Faircloth allowed just 3 hits over 6 innings, while striking out 4, and Halley Kroger had the only hit for the Giants as they fell in a close game 3-1. In their second friendly game the Giants matched up with Madison Mayham. Sarah Hindman allowed just 4 hits over 5 innings, and Lauren Dill (1), Sydney Colburn (1), Anna Jones (1), and Mckenzie Cole (2B) all had hits but the Giants suffered their second defeat of the day 4-2. In game three of the friendly round, Alyssa Faircloth allowed just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 3 and Lauren Dill (2B), Sydney Colburn (1), Anna Jones (1)Lilly Werling (1) and Gracie Reeves all had hits for the Giants in the 7-1 win.
Moving into bracket play Sarah Hindman took the circle for the Giants as they squared off with the firecrackers. Allowing just 3 hits and 1 earned run over 6 innings, Giants hitters clubbed 11 hits, including a Home Rune from Sarah Hindman, ( Lauren Dill (2, 1 2B), Shauna Kelley (1), Alyssa Faircloth (1), Sydney Colburn (2), Lilly Werling (1), and Gracie Reeves (3, 1 2B), ) helping the Giants pull out the 4-3 win.
In their next game of bracket play, the Giants were matched up with the Lady Orioles. Sarah Hindman again took the circle, allowing just 2 hits over 4 innings, while striking out 1, and hits from Lauren Dill (2, 1 HR), Shauna Kelley (1), Alyssa Faircloth (3, 1 HR), Sydney Colburn (1), Halle Kroger (1), Lilly Werling (2, 1 2B), and Gracie Reeves (2B) powered the 10-1 win. The victory sent the Giants into the semi finals to face the Birmingham Mustangs.
Alyssa Faircloth started the game, and Hale Kroger tossed 2 innings of relief before being relieved again by Faircloth as the Giants pitchers allowed just 2 runs over 6 innings, and Hits from Lauren Dill (1), Shauna Kelly (1), Anna Jones (1), Lilly Werling (1), and Halle Kroger (2, 1 3B) whos triple drove in the winning run of the Giants 3-2 victory. The win moved the Giants into the championship game against the Lady Jaxx.
In the championship game Sarah Hindman allowed just 2 runs over 5 innings while striking out 3, and Lauren Dill (1), Alyssa Faircloth (2), Sydney Colburn (2, 2 2B), Anna Jones (1), Sarah Hindman (1), Lilly Werling (HR), and Gracie Reeves (2) led the way offensively in the Giants 5-2 win and the Tri State championship.