ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Hayleigh Thompson

Southwestern Randolph, softball

Thompson played a key role as the Cougars captured the Class 2A state championship this spring.

The senior had several crucial plate appearances during Southwestern Randolph’s postseason run. She also was the team’s first baseman, helping the infield for a team that rode its pitching and defense for much of the regular season and the state playoffs.

Thompson’s single in the final inning of Game 2 of the state championship series against Midway sparked the title-clinching rally. She also had a single and drove in a run during the first game of the title series.

Southwestern Randolph won its first state championship in softball in 14 years.

By Randolph Record