Springville repeats as 5A champion over Helena behind Sullivan


Meg Sullivan was named tournament MVP for good reason. The senior center fielder made clutch plays in the field and at the plate, but none bigger than the two-run home run she hit in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, which led to the Tigers scoring two more runs on top of that to win 6-2 in the finals over Helena.

The Huskies entered the night as the team from the winner’s bracket, but Springville was determined to repeat as they beat the Huskies 6-3 in game one, and 6-2 in game two.

Springville actually lost their first round game to Beauregard 4-1, and had to fight all the way from the very first round in the loser’s bracket. The tigers hung tough, even beating Rehobeth, who is considered one of the top 25 programs in the country according to MaxPreps.

Helena was looking for only the second state title in the school’s short two-year history after the boy’s soccer team won last week in Huntsville. However, the Tigers were too much for them in the two championship games.

Springville only loses two seniors, Meg Sullivan and Rian Brown, although they are two of the leaders of the program. The Tigers will look to three-peat next season, while Helena has to jump up to 6A as they continue to grow after splitting with Pelham.

Springville’s road to the championship:

WBR1: lost to Beauregard 4-1
LBR1: def. Russellville 13-3
LBR2: def. Rehobeth 3-2
LBR3: def. Alexandria 9-0
LBR4: def. Marbury 3-0
Final 1: def. Helena 6-3
Final 2: def. Helena 6-2

You can view the entire state tournament bracket here.