A local prep softball star helped lead her summer travel team to a third-place finish at the Amateur Softball Association’s 16-and-under Nationals this past weekend in Montgomery.
Good Hope’s Cara Goodwin went 6-1, struck out 43 batters and allowed only four earned runs in 39 2/3 innings from the pitcher’s circle to help the Birmingham Vipers achieve the highest-ever result for a team from Alabama. The tournament began with 149 squads vying for the tournament title.
“Goodwin pitched championship softball,” Vipers’ head coach Jeff Gillespie told the Montgomery Advertiser.
The Vipers had quite the flair for dramatics en route to a 9-2 overall record for the week. Many of their games were decided by one run and in extra innings.
Goodwin, a UAB commit, was a first-team selection to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State Team, as well as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s High School All-American Team earlier this year.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.