PREP BASEBALL: Fairview gets 8-3 road win over T.R. Miller; Bearcats split a pair; Saturday scoring roundup


BREWTON – Fairview got six solid innings from Lane Schnittker and big games from Dayne Black and Dalton Payne in its 8-3 road win over T.R. Miller Saturday.

The Aggies got started early in the first inning. Riley Carroll hit a one-out single to center field, then Schnittker drew a walk after an amazing 11-pitch at-bat. Black hit an RBI single to left field to put Fairview on the board; after Truman Boyd drew a walk, Payne hit an RBI infield single to make it 2-0.

Schnittker got hit by the pitch to lead off the third inning, then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Black drove him in with a sacrifice fly. After Boyd got hit by a pitch, Payne lined an RBI double to left field to make it a 4-0 game. Schnittker didn't allow his first hit of the game until the bottom of the third on a single by Kyle Blevins. 

T.R. Miller gave Schnittker some problems in the bottom of the fourth. James Jennings and Winfred Brittain hit back-to-back one-out singles; the former would later score on a wild pitch to trim the Aggie lead to 4-1. Fairview added to its lead in the top of the fifth. Boyd got hit by the pitch with one out; Payne continued his hot hitting with a single to right field. One out later, back-to-back RBI singles by Parker Martin and Scoot Bennett increased Fairview's lead to 6-1. Black lined a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 8-1. 

T.R. Miller added two runs in its half on an RBI groundout by Brittain and an RBI single by Matthew Smith, but Schnittker was able to limit the damage. Jarrett Miller came in in the seventh to finish the game for Fairview, but quickly got into some trouble as he allowed back-to-back singles to Andrew Williamson and Blevins, who got thrown out at third on a single by Smith. Joseph Jernigan then drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Miller countered by striking out the next two batters to end the game. 

Black finished with two hits and four RBIs for Fairview, while Payne went 4-of-4 with a pair of RBIs of his own. Bennett added two hits and an RBI. Martin collected a hit and an RBI. Garrett Dunn, Carroll, Schnittker and Bryson Fletcher each added a hit. Schnittker allowed five hits and three runs, one of them earned, walked five and struck out four in his six innings of work. He also scored three runs, while Boyd scored two. Carroll, Black and Payne each scored a run.

The Aggies improve to 10-6 overall and are 4-1 in their last five games; they will participate in the Gulf Coast Classic II @ Gulf Shores on Monday. 


Cullman shuts out Cleburne County 9-0; falls to Oxford, 4-3

Cullman 9, Cleburne County 0

Cullman got off to a very quick start against Cleburne County on Saturday. Cooper Beck and Weston Norton drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. One out later, Brennen Norton lined an RBI single to center field to put the Bearcats on the board, then Brady Patterson, the courtesy runner for Weston Norton, scored on an error to make it 2-0. Will Morrison made it 4-0 on a two-run home run. After reaching on an error later on, Dylon Wallace scored to widen the lead to 5-0.

Hayden Henderson hit a two-run triple in the third inning, then he stole home later in the inning. Grayson Taylor added an RBI single and the lead swelled to 9-0, which ended up being the final score in game one.

Morrison had three hits and two RBIs for Cullman, while Henderson added a hit and two RBIs. Brennen Norton collected two hits and an RBI. Taylor added a hit and an RBI. Beck and Tyler Nunnelley each collected two hits and Peyton Colvard chipped in with a hit. Beck scored two runs, and seven other Bearcats scored at least one run in the game. Three different pitchers held Cleburne County to just three hits in the game. Braxton Jones went four and two-third innings; he allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out eight. Nunnelley went one and one-third innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one. Sam Baker pitched a perfect seventh inning. 

Oxford 4, Cullman 3

Cullman looked to go 2-0 on the day as they took on Oxford but got off to a slow start. In the bottom of the second inning, bad Bearcat defense led to the first run for Oxford. An error by the pitcher, Grayson Taylor, put Oxford in business early. An RBI double later on put them on the scoreboard. Two more errors in the third inning by Cullman led to another Oxford run, then an RBI double gave them a 3-0 lead. Another RBI double in the bottom of the fifth put the Bearcats in a 4-0 hole. 

After being held to just three hits through five innings, Cullman got its offense going in the top of the sixth, and it all started with two outs. Weston Norton reached on a two-out error, then Taylor reached on an infield single. Brennen Norton walked on four straight pitches to load the bases for Morrison, who also drew a walk to make it a 4-1 game. Colvard lined a two-run single to center field to cut the deficit to just one at 4-3, but the ‘Cats didn’t get any closer, falling one run short.

Colvard got a hit and two RBIs for Cullman. Morrison added an RBI. Weston Norton and Taylor each collected two hits in the game and Henderson added a hit. Weston Norton, Taylor and Brennen Norton each scored a run. Taylor went five innings, allowing five hits, four runs, only one of them earned, and striking out seven. Seth Gable gave up one hit and struck out one in his inning of work.

The Bearcats fall to 10-7 overall and will play next on March 28 at Spanish Fort.


Saturday night scoring roundup


Cold Springs 5, Meek 3 (BB)

Carbon Hill 6, Cold Springs 4 (BB)

Eagles 4-14

Next game: March 27 @ Addison- 12 p.m.


Carbon Hill 9, Meek 7 (BB)

Tigers 2-8

Next game: April 2 @ Belgreen- 4 p.m.


Cold Springs (SB) next game- April 2 v. Falkville

Holly Pond (BB) next game- March 27 @ Hanceville


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