Valdosta State became the proud owner of the first Gulf South Conference Softball Tournament championship handed out at Heritage Park following an action-packed 11-7 win over UAH on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea Canara sent the Blazers on their way to a sixth straight conference tourney title by breaking a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run single. The Chargers cut the deficit to two in the fifth, but Courtney Albritton clobbered a two-run shot — her second homer of the game — to pad Valdosta State’s cushion in the bottom half.
UAH advanced to the championship by run-ruling Delta State 10-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Mary Kelley crushed a two-run homer in the first inning, and Nicole Bobrowski turned a late pinch-hit opportunity into a three-run blast. The Chargers scored six runs in the fifth to bring the contest to an early end.
Whitney Toler notched her 12th win and third shutout in the semifinal bout.
Valdosta State’s Shelby Atman topped the All-Tournament Team as the Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the honorary squad by fellow Blazers Albritton and Kiley Rusen. UAH was represented on the team by Kaitlyn Bannister, Macie Couey, Brianna Sullivan and Toler, as was Delta State by Amber Adcock, Miller Maddox and Kassidy Tally.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.