By Erik Harris, sports editor
TRUSSVILLE — There’s a state softball championship up for grabs this week in Oxford, and top-ranked Hewitt-Trussville is among the eight-team field vying for the Class 7A blue map.
The defending state champion Huskies (45-2-1) qualified for state play with a 2-0 showing last Friday in the East Central Regional from Lagoon Park in Montgomery.
As the regional champions, Hewitt-Trussville will challenge South Regional No. 2 qualifier Baker next Thursday in the first round of games. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. from Choccolocco Park in Oxford.
The Hornets hold a record of 19-21 after booking their state tournament invite with a 12-4 win over Bryant in the South Regional loser’s bracket on Friday.
Head coach Taylor Burt and her Huskies will carry a 14-game winning streak into Oxford this Thursday when the double-elimination tournament begins.
See the complete Class 7A state tournament field below.
South champion: No. 2 Fairhope (38-4)
South runner-up: Baker (19-21)
East champion: No. 1 Hewitt-Trussville (45-2-1)
East runner-up: No. 7 Vestavia Hills (26-20)
West champion: No. 10 Hoover (31-14)
West runner-up: No. 6 Thompson (40-7-1)
North champion: No. 4 Bob Jones (35-4)
North runner-up: sparkman (34-12)