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White County powers past Alatoona for state title
Lady Warriors connect on four HRs in championship
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The White County High softball program earned its first fast pitch state title with a 12-11 win against Alatoona in the Class AAA state finals on Saturday at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus.

Stephanie Satterfield had a home run (16) for White County to tie the state record for home runs in a season.

Heather Herdliska added a solo home run for the Warriors.

Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the third inning, Morgan Jacobson hit a three-run home run for the Lady Warriors. Aubrie Gstadler added a solo home run for White County in the bottom of the fourth inning.

For the tournament, the Lady Warriors (30-6) hit a total of 14 home runs.

“That’s what we lived on all year,” Lady Warriors coach John Brown said. “The offense carried us and the pitching has done great.”

Callie McDonald started the game and was relieved by Stephanie Satterfield in the first inning. But Satterfield, bothered by a tweaked shoulder and was relieved by McDonald, who came in to pitch the final inning for the win.

“They’ve played well all year,” Brown said. “As the season went on, the goal was to win our subregion and then do the best we could in region. I thought we had a good shot at doing well at state, but I didn’t know if we’d win it. But things fell our way and that has to happen to win a state championship. We got a few breaks and a little luck, but the girls played well and I’m proud.

“I’m telling you, it’s exciting.”

For Brown this is his fourth high school state championship as a coach. He won three as a baseball coach at University Christian in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1978-79 and 1990.

“It’s been awhile and this is extremely gratifying,” he said. “But the girls deserve all the praise, not me.

“I’m sure we’re going to have a celebration.”

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