Seeley Layne, Brighton's only senior, pitched lights out and the Lady Cardinals' offense overwhelmed Houston en route to a 15-0 win to clinch the program's first state tournament berth since 2010.
Covington ran into a tough pitcher Friday afternoon at home in a sectional game against Milan.
About 32 hours after J.R. Kirby stepped down, Munford principal Dr. Courtney Fee tapped his defensive coordinator the last two seasons, Nick Markle, to lead the Cougar program into the future.
Covington faced Ripley for a fifth time this season Wednesday afternoon with a lot on the line: a region championship, the right to host a sectional game and, considering the teams split the previous four games, bragging rights.
Brighton broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 6-1 win.
It's pretty rare to have 16 hits in a softball game and lose, but that's the way things played out for Covington Wednesday in the Region 7-AA softball title game.
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