Alabama State wins first ever Softball Tournament Crown

The City of Irondale and the Irondale Commercial Development Authority (CDA) partnered with the South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the Shea Softball Complex to host the 2016 SWAC Softball tournament.  Attendance at this four day event was outstanding, culminating with this past Saturday’s championship game which was televised world-wide on ESPN3.

According to Irondale City Councilor, Bobby Joe Wilson, ” Events like this bring national exposure to the City of Irondale.  More importantly Irondale businesses saw a positive economic impact with local hotels and restaurants having larger than usual crowds.”

Behind five home runs, Alabama State won its first-ever Southwestern Athletic Conference Softball Tournament Championship, downing defending champion Texas Southern 18-8 in the final round.

2016 SWAC Softball Champions - Alabama State University
2016 SWAC Softball Champions – Alabama State University

For the Lady Hornets (28-25), it was the avenging of a defeat at the hands of the Tigers (27-18) in last year’s tournament final. The 18 runs is the most by a team in the finals since Mississippi Valley State put up 16 runs in 2009, and six ALST players collected at least two RBI in the game. Click Here for full article on the championship game.