By Louis Mellini
The Hackleburg Lady Panthers were crowned the Area 14 Class 1A champions on Tuesday, May 3, following wins against the Belgreen Bulldogs.
The Panthers won their first game of the championship series 12-7, and won the second game 12-8, securing the title and moving onto the North Regional softball playoffs in Florence.
The Panthers also defeated Phillips 19-1 and Vina 8-1 during their run to the championship.
The Lady Panthers will go up against Athens Bible on Thursday, May 12, at 9 a.m.