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National championship caps a big year for Kaila Hunt

Posted: June 10, 2012 - 12:11am

This year has been very good to Kevin Hunt and his family.

It started in February, when Hunt was named the new head football coach at Greenbrier High School. Then his son, Jordan, put together an incredible senior season on the diamond that has him in the running for county and area player of the year. He also helped lead Greenbrier to the state finals and a 31-5 season.

Well, Hunt’s daughter, Kaila, put the icing on the cake this week. The 5-foot-5 sophomore shortstop became a national champion when her University of Alabama squad held on to beat Oklahoma 5-4 to claim the school’s first title in softball.

In the decisive third game, Hunt hit a single and scored a run during a four-run fourth inning that was the difference in the game. It was the capper for a magical season for the former three-time All-County performer. Hunt, who helped lead Greenbrier to four consecutive Elite 8 appearances, had one of the finest offensive seasons in Alabama history.

The Crimson Tide went 60-8 on the season and Hunt was an integral part of the team’s success. Hunt led the team and the entire Southeastern Conference in home runs, RBI and total bases. She was among the SEC and NCAA leaders in several offensive categories all season.

While her season is extremely impressive, it should not be a surprise. During her prep career she was a two-time first team All-State selection and set the Greenbrier career home run mark with 24. Last season, Hunt earned a starting spot at shortstop as a true freshman and put together a terrific rookie campaign. She hit .299 with 10 homers and 36 RBI while starting 55 games for the Tide.

This season, though, Hunt took her game to another level. Hunt’s season ranks among the best ever in Crimson Tide history and has Hunt primed to make a run at a few career marks. She is already fifth on Alabama’s career home run list, owns the school record for RBI and has the fifth-highest single-season slugging percentage in school history. Yes, I would say 2012 was a pretty good year for the Hunt family.

KAILA HUNT STATISTICS

Batting average: .311

Home runs: 21 (Led SEC and ranked ninth in the nation.)

RBI: 77 (Led team by 22 RBI, led SEC by 14 RBI, and was fourth in the nation.)

Total Bases: 132 (Led team by 18 and led SEC by 16 total bases.)

Slugging percentage: .721 (Led team and was third in the SEC.)

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