White Hall won its second straight Class 5A championship in a row Saturday by completing a Faulkner County double at Fayetteville’s Bogle Park.
After defeating Vilonia last season for the state title, White Hall edged Greenbrier, 1-0, for back-to-back softball titles.
Sydnee Clark, a senior pitcher for the Lady Bulldogs, allowed the Lady Panthers only one hit, struck out four and allowed only six baserunners in going to 8-0 on the season. She prevailed in the tightest of pitching duels against Greenbrier pitcher Aundrea Hardin, who allowed only two hits.
White Hall finished the season 24-5. Greenbrier, which won a state title in 2010 and has reached the state semifinals five straight times, finished 25-3.
With two of the state’s best pitchers going against each other, it was speculated one run could win it.
White Hall got it in the fifth without hitting the ball out of the infield.
Kayla Reap reached on an infield hit and wa sacrificed to second by Clark. Rachel Box then blooped a single into the sun near first, scoring Reap.
Greenbrier’s biggest threat came in the fifth when it put runners on second and third with one out after Charlene Lasley’s single up the middle, the only hit for the Lady Panthers. Clark then got Courtney Rollins to ground out to first and Courtney Edwards to ground to third.
Hardin pitched out of a jam in the fourth after White Hall loaded the bases on three walks after two were out. The Greenbrier pitcher struck out Ciara Linker to end the threat.
Greenbrier went into the title game having allowed only four runs in three state tourney games. White Hall had allowed five in three games.