Players react to victory

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Palmetto pitcher Tabitha Allen, center, hugs Tiffany Henderson as assistant coach Valerie Holster joins in the celebration after defeating Dillon in two straight games to capture the 2012 AA State Softball Championship. (Photo by Michael Lollis/www.lollisphotography.com) Palmetto High School now has an AA State Softball Championship. The Mustang Softball Team got down to business Wednesday evening in a showdown with the Dillon Wildcats at home and won Game 2 of the State Championship Series.

The 1-0 win was the second this week over the Wildcats, giving the Mustangs the best two-out-of-three in the series and eliminating the need for a third game that would have been played on a neutral field.

The Lady ’Stangs 1-0 win in extra innings Monday came on a home run by Ryan Rector.

Rector also had Wednesdays winning run, which came after a single base hit in the second inning, followed by a sprint from first to third on a Landon Bulloch bunt.

A wild pitch by Dillions Shaquailla German gave her the opportunity to go home for what turned out to be the winning run.

Palmetto left the bases loaded twice and played Mustang defense to keep Dillion from scoring, even with at least two runners on base in the final three innings.

Dillion had two runners on base in the final inning but Palmetto’s Victoria Williams got the final out to end the game and give Palmetto the championship title.

Palmetto ended the season 32-6 and earned the school’s first State Softball Championship.

Tabitha Allen was the winning pitcher for Palmetto. The Mustangs are coached by Frannie Caulder, who has directed the program for four years.