Eagle Elite Softball Coach of Year: Burson guides Oakman to state tourney in 1st season

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 6/8/19

Oakman’s softball team didn’t get off to a fast start in 2019 — but the Wildcats sure did finish strong.

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Eagle Elite Softball Coach of Year: Burson guides Oakman to state tourney in 1st season

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Oakman’s softball team didn’t get off to a fast start in 2019 — but the Wildcats sure did finish strong.

Following a regular-season schedule filled with tough competition, Oakman caught fire in the Walker County Tournament and rode the hot streak all the way to the State Softball Tournament under first-year head coach Jordan Burson.

The Wildcats held their own at state, going 1-2 and defeating No. 7 Plainview in their first elimination game.

Oakman finished the season at 20-17 with a list of tournament titles.

The team won the Walker County Tournament title, the Class 3A, Area 10 championship and finished as the No. 1 qualifier at the West-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa.

Burson is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Softball Coach of the Year.

The Wildcats took a 10-15 record into the Walker County Tournament, which was held at Oakman High School. The Wildcats, who were the No. 4 seed, opened with a win over Dora before knocking off top-seed Curry and beating Carbon Hill 2-0 in the championship game.

At the area tournament at Winfield, Oakman trailed Carbon Hill by one run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before consecutive doubles by Savannah Brown, Samantha Kelly and Chante Williams gave the Wildcats a 6-5 victory.

The Wildcats hammered Lamar County in back to back games from there, claiming the area tournament title.

At the regional tournament, Oakman picked up a pair of one-run wins, including a 3-2 victory over J.B. Pennington to finish as the regional’s No. 1 qualifier.

The Wildcats dropped their state opener to Wicksburg, but bounced back with a win over Plainview. Geneva defeated Oakman 8-4 in their final game.

Samantha Kelly, who made the All-State team as an honorable mention catcher, led the Wildcats with a .377 average. Four Oakman players hit over .300 — Terrah Sherer (.354), Savannah Brown (.319) and Iyana Canada (.318). Katelyn Makemson and Jessy Alston carried the team in the circle.