The Woodward Academy softball team placed fourth this season in the Region 4-AAAA tournament, advancing the Lady War Eagles to the state softball tournament for the seventh consecutive season.
Matched up against one of the top ranked teams in the state, the Lady War Eagles were eliminated in the first round by Northside, Columbus. Woodward had a pair of players named to the 2018 All-Region team. Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Morris was named First Team All-Region, while senior shortstop Ariana Alvord was named Second Team All-Region. With a significant number of underclassmen set to return in 2019, the future looks bright for the Lady War Eagles.
Coach John Hurston has served the Woodward softball program the past four years as an assistant softball coach. In the 2013-2014 season, he helped lead the team to its first region title in the 25-year history of the program. The girls softball team had its first ever AAA All-State selection and its first ever AAA All-State Honorable Mention during that season as well. During that memorable season, the team had 14 first team All-Region players, the most in a single year in school history. During the 2016-2017 season, Coach Hurston helped the softball team advance to the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history. Coach Hurston has also been a baseball coach for the past nine years, with five of those coming at Troup High school, and he is currently beginning his fourth year as a baseball coach at Woodward Academy. In addition to coaching, Coach Hurston teaches P.E. at Woodward Academy Primary School.
Eileen McWhorter, GM