The United Christian Academy softball team went into the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics’ (VACA) state championship as the number one seed May 4, and brought home the title.

Taking on the number four seed, Southwest Virginia Home School, the Lady Crusaders would take the victory by the score of 15-4.

Next up for the girls from UCA were the Westover Bulldogs from Danville. Once again the Lady Crusaders came away with the win, 17- 1. This put UCA in the championship game against Temple Christian Academy, the number one seed from Madison Heights, also the host school of the tournament.

In what was a well-played game between the top two teams in the state, UCA came away with the win 7-2 and the VACA state championship for 2019.

Named to the VACA State All-Tournament Team from UCA were: sophomore Emma Roach, and seniors Bridget Powell and DeAnna Roach and senior Kaylee Shipp earning the VACA All State MVP honors.

Last week the Lady Crusaders headed to Dayton, Tenn., to play in the National Association of Christian Athletes national tournament, playing teams from Texas, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia in pool play last Wednesday and Thursday. The Lady Crusaders headed into the Division II National Championship Round on Friday, May 10 as the number three seed. UCA played the number two seed from Alabama who had beaten the Lady Crusader early in the week 8-6. However, UCA flipped the tables, beating them 13-8 last Friday.

“The girls from UCA hit the ball very well in the game,” said Coach Ray Powell.

The wins put the team in the Division II Championship Game against the Home School Athletic Association (HSAA) of Texas. HSAA hit the boards first 2-0. UCA came back in the second inning and took a 4-2 lead that they managed to hold until the fifth inning. HSAA scored 10 runs in the next two innings and won the championship.

Named to the National All-Tournament Team from UCA were Emma Roach and Emily Colvin, with DeAnna Roach named the best pitcher by the coaches. The Lady Crusaders ended their 2019 season with a 12-6 overall record.

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