It took a marathon of a state tournament to get it done.

But the Leake Academy Rebelettes have three-peated as Class AA fast-pitch softball champions of the Mississippi Independent Schools Association. The Rebelettes played four games in the rain-delayed Academy AA tournament which was held at Flowood. Their first game started at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The final game, in which they defeated Silliman Institute of Louisiana 4-3, ended at around 4 a.m. Thursday morning.

"Everyone was tired but happy," Leake Academy coach Doug Johnson said. "The championship game was supposed to be played at around 7:30 p.m., but a lot of things happened. One of the fields was wet and unusable, and all of the games just took time to play."

Leake Academy arrived at the field around 8 a.m. They were to play their first game against Sylva-Bay at 9 a.m. That game actually started at 10:30 a.m. with Leake Academy taking a 5-1 win.

They then played Silliman in the final game of the winners bracket and avenged an earlier loss with a 5-2 win. That game ended at 4:19 p.m.

A combination of events then saw the Rebelettes not get back onto the field until 11:42 p.m. when played Silliman again in the championship game. This time, Silliman took a 3-0 victory, forcing a second championship game.

"That game ended at 1:30 a.m., and we were back on the field at 1:50 a.m.," Johnson said. "We got through at 4:19 a.m. and the sun was coming up when we got home. Everyone had nine-week exams but the headmaster let them take them later."

This wrapped up a 27-2 season for the Rebelettes. They will be losing seniors Hannah Moore, Anna Nowell, Hannah Peoples and Ashley Quick. Moore, Nowell and Peoples along with Coach Johnson still have one more game to play. They will be participating in the fast-pitch all-star game which will be held Wednesday at Jackson Prep.

"Those three have had a great run," Johnson said. "They have won three state championships, three North Half championships, and have put together a record of 121-7. They also had an 85-game win streak,"

Moore is expected to sign and play with Southern Mississippi next year.

Leake Academy 5

Sylva-Bay 1

The Rebelettes outhit Sylva-Bat 8-3 to take the victory.

Leake Academy scored four in the second and one in the fifth. Sylva-Bay's run came in the sixth inning.

Moore was the winning pitcher as she struck out 11 batters. She helped her cause with two hits. Rebekah Roberson added a double and a single and Peoples had two hits.

Leake Academy 5

Silliman 2

The two teams battled to a 0-0 standoff during the regulation innings and went to the tie-breaker.

Leake Academy scored five runs in extra innings and held Silliman to two runs. Moore had seven strikeouts and held Silliman to four hits.

Khloe Thaggard hit a double and finished with three RBIs. Roberson hit a double and a single while Mariallen Moore and Katie Webb both hit a double.

The loss sent Silliman to the loser's bracket where they had to battle back to make it to the championship game.

Silliman 3

Leake Academy 0

Leake Academy could get anything going around waiting nearly seven hours to get back on to the field.

Silliman scored one in the first and two in the fourth, forcing a second championship game.

Peoples hit a triple and Webb added a double.

Leake Academy 4

Silliman 3

The Rebelettes pulled together one more time and battled for the victory in another extra inning affair. Leake Academy had a 12-5 hitting edge but left seven runners on base.

Leake Academy scored three runs in the sixth. Silliman scored one in the first, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Thaggard singled in the winning run and the marathon tournament was over.

"I've been to some summer tournaments where we didn't get finished until two in the morning, but this is the latest I've been at a high school tournament," Johnson said.

Thaggard, who also knocked in the tying run, finished with three hits. Moore and Key finished with two hits while Roberson hit a double and a single.