By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent
The Pickens Academy Lady Pirates fell to their nemesis Macon-East Academy in the final, winner-take-all, contest in the AISA Class 2A state championships in Montgomery last weekend. PA started strong with a 5-1 win over Lowndes on Friday, but was then sent to the consolation bracket after falling to Macon-East 4-3 on Friday evening. The Lady Pirates would bounce back that evening, however, with a 4-0 win over Wilcox Academy.
Pickens Academy would then face off against the last team to defeat them before reeling off 23 consecutive wins, Autauga Academy, defeating the Lady Generals 2-1. That would send PA to a regional rematch with Clarke Prep, who they defeated in the regional championship last weekend. The Lady Pirates reeled off another 2-1 win before another rematch with Macon-East.
This time PA would break through and defeat the Lady Knights 8-5 in nine innings. This would be Macon-East’s first loss of the tournament, leading to a winner-take-all state championship game. The Lady Pirates would come up short in this game, as Macon-East won 6-4 for the state title.
“They (Macon-East) have always been our nemesis,” Pickens Academy head coach Wade Goodman said. “We have never beat them in the tournament. We beat them a couple times in the regular season a couple years ago, but other than that, we’ve never beat them. They’ve been a thorn in our side for years.”
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.