AUSTIN — Playing in their first-ever state championship and doing so as the nation's top team, the Aledo Ladycats had a chance to make twice as much history Saturday night.
They did just that -- even though it took 15 innings, nearly four hours and 202 pitches from star pitcher Whitney Canion.
The Ladycats, after throwing out the potential winning run at the plate in the 14th inning, broke through in their next at-bats, beating Nederland 4-0 in the 4A title game.
Not only was it Aledo’s first state championship, but the Ladycats (38-1-1) should remain at their top spot in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today Top 25 poll, crowning them mythical national champions. Canion, who broke the 4A record for strikeouts with 22, was named the game’s most valuable player.
Nederland finished its season at 30-10-1.
Easton Cook, who tagged out Nederland’s Madison Trevino at the plate to save the game for Aledo, singled home K.K. Pittman, who was hit on the elbow, to give the Ladycats the lead.