MURFREESBORO — The tears flowed without hesitation.
Columbia Academy softball completed the program’s third straight TSSAA state championship, and second straight in Division II-A, after crushing Donelson Christian 13-0 in five innings Friday at Starplex.
Senior first baseman Myleah Hardy may have had the hardest time keeping her composure as she embraced every teammate for several minutes then fell into the arms of coach Seth Anderson with the emotion flowing.
“It’s just the perfect way to go out,” Hardy said. “I went out with a bang.”
Hardy crushed three home runs to spark the Bulldogs (39-6). She smacked a three-run blast in the first, a solo shot in the fourth and another three-run homer in the fifth. She had seven RBIs and was 3-for-3.
“I’ve never seen anything like that, not in a state championship game,” Anderson said. “She was just incredible and set the tone right away.”