In 2019 the Lady Eagle softball team accomplished something no other team had at Madison Southern, they advanced to the regional championship game for the first time in over a decade and set a new school record for wins.
In 2018 Madison Southern won 12 games and loss in the opening round of the regional tournament, fast forward to 2019 and the Lady Eagles doubled that win total winning 27 games a new school record. Southern started the year by winning 7 of the teams first 9 games. From April 1st to district time they went 15-4. Southern had a 9-2 record versus region opponents (losses to Franklin County & Woodford County), and a perfect 3-0 in district play. The Eagles knocked off two teams that played in the State Tournament, 1-0 over Clay County and a 1-0 win over Woodford County.
Eagles win the 44th district with a combined 17-5 score and entered regional play ranked in the top 25 of the state but still has an underdog in most peoples mind. First up was Western Hills, Southern handled them 5-1 to set up a huge showdown with defending state champions Scott County in the semifinals. Scott County had won the championship in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Cardinals had played in the regional title game every year since 2011.
#23 Madison Southern and #14 Scott County was a game worthy of being the championship game, it was back and forth all game long with the Eagles leading by a two runs in the final frame when Scott County’s Madison Scott walked to begin the inning, reached second base on a passed ball and scored on a single to cut the lead to a run. Kayla Pigg who started the game had to return back to the mound and was aided when catcher Alicia Venter threw out a would be base stealer and Pigg struck out two in the final frame to secure the win. As big as that win was the team had to return to field the following day and face a very good Woodford County for the regional title.
Southern had a win over the Yellow jackets earlier in the season but this night the Jackets were too much to overcome as the season ends 12-3.
Even with the loss to Woodford County Madison Southern put the 11th region on notice that they had become a team to reckon with and this season they return a host of starters and players from last years team. They will be looking to improve on their regional run and this time Woodford County won’t be a factor as they have left the 11th region.