Payten Schibbelhute delivers walk-off single to give Piedmont the 5A fast-pitch softball title, 2-1, against Coweta

How it started this season for Piedmont sophomore Payten Schibbelhute — a broken finger that sidelined her for several weeks.

How it’s going for Schibbelhute now — helping her team win the 5A state fast-pitch softball championship.

Schibbelhute’s sharply-hit ball that deflected off Coweta’s third baseman for a single brought home Paige Atha in the bottom of the seventh and enabled the LadyCats to defeat Coweta, 2-1, for the 5A title Saturday afternoon at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.

“We’ve been a good, close-game team all year, and so we’re comfortable in games that are close, we’re comfortable in loud crowds, we’re comfortable when the pressure’s up there because our kids typically handle it well and do things right,” Piedmont coach Keith Coleman said.

Saturday’s title also gave a happier ending for Schibbelhute than at the outset of the season, when she had her finger injury, which sidelined her from hitting for most of the season.