PREP SOFTBALL: West Point falls in extra innings; Cullman rolls past Hanceville; Tuesday scoring roundup

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Danville 16, West Point 14 

WEST POINT – After going 2-2 in the Lincoln County Border Battle Tournament in Tennessee over the weekend, West Point returned home to take on Danville.

West Point erased an early deficit late to send the game into extra innings but couldn't keep it going and wound up falling to the Lady Hawks at home in a wild back-and-forth match-up.

Danville jumped on the Lady Warriors to start out the game. Savanah Free lined a double to center field with one out, then Emma Broadfoot hit a two-run shot over the left-field fence to put the Lady Hawks on the scoreboard. Then with two outs, Lindsey West lined a double to right field and Emily Watts reached on a Makayla Brown error at first base to move West over to third. Ellie Tucker hit a two-run single to right field to put the Lady Warriors in an early 4-0 hole.

The deficit grEw even more in the second inning when Broadfoot hit an RBI double to right field to make it 5-0, then in the third inning, an error by shortstop Olivia Ball allowed the Lady Hawks to add to their lead; Free and Broadfoot added an RBI single and RBI double, respectively, later in the inning to make it an 8-0 advantage for Danville.

West Point finally got on the scoreboard in its half of the third inning as a lead-off single by Avery McClure, followed by an RBI double by Gracie Abbott, plated the Lady Warriors with their first run of the game. Abbott advanced to third on a ground ball by Molly Pendley and later scored on an RBI single by Ball to make it an 8-2 game, but they were just getting started. 

Free added an RBI single in the fifth inning for Danville, but the Lady Warriors countered in their half. Abbott led off the inning with a single to center field, then Pendley drove her in with an RBI double to center field; Ball reached on an error by first baseman Laney Coker, allowing Pendley to score to make it a 9-4 game.

In the sixth inning, a lead-off single by Carlie Wilkins, followed by a walk by Ava Rushing, had West Point looking to close the deficit, and the Lady Warriors did just that as McClure lined an RBI single to center field. Two outs later, Ball made it a 9-7 game with a two-run double to center field. Danville added three more runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Savanna Pelfrey and a two-run single by Watts, and West Point was looking at a 12-7 deficit heading into its final at-bats. 

The Lady Warriors got it started quickly as Hope Shedd drew a lead-off walk, then Braelee Quinn lined a single to left field. Wilkins drew a walk to load the bases for Rushing, who hit a two-run double to left field, then McClure hit a sacrifice fly to make it 12-10. Two straight walks loaded the bases back up for Ball, who, along with Brown, hit back-to-back RBI singles to miraculously tie the game at 12.

Coker got things started for Danville in extra innings with an RBI double to left field, then later, an error by Brown allowed Coker to score and Pelfrey added a two-run double to left field sending the Lady Warriors into the dugout trailing, 16-12. They started yet another rally as a single by Shedd moved Ball over to third and Quinn hit an RBI groundout to make it a 16-13 game, then Wilkins added an RBI single to make it 16-14. Bethany Minck, the courtesy runner for Wilkins, advanced to second on a wild pitch; Rushing went down swinging for out number two. Minck stole third during McClure's at-bat and she would later draw a walk to keep the inning alive for Abbott, but she flew out to center field for the final out, ending the game and the rally for the Lady Warriors.

Ball led the way for West Point with three hits, four RBIs and a run scored. Abbott (three runs scored) and Wilkins each added three hits and an RBI. Brown collected two hits and an RBI. McClure added two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Pendley and Quinn each collected a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Rushing chipped in with a hit, two RBIs and two runs scored. Shedd collected a hit and scored two runs. The Lady Warriors fall to 10-16-2 on the season and will take on Jasper in their home and regular season finale on Thursday.

 

Cullman 11, Hanceville 0

CULLMAN – A big offensive outburst by Cullman, plus a five-hit shutout by Sydney Holder, allowed the Lady Bearcats to win in dominant fashion at home Tuesday on Senior Night.

Cullman got things started in its opening at-bats when Ashlen Heatherly hit a one-out single to left field, then Savannah Davis drew a walk. Kennedy Wren lined an RBI double to center field to put the Lady Bearcats on the scoreboard. Later on, a two-out, three-run homer by Reagan Quattlebaum over the left-field fence, gave Cullman an early 4-0 lead.

Cullman added five more runs in the third and two more in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Wren, which ended the game.

All but one Lady Bearcat collected at least one hit in the game. Wren had three of those hits, along with three RBIs and two runs scored. Quattlebaum added two hits, three RBIs and scored two runs. Heatherly collected two hits, an RBI and scored three runs. Alex Stansell chipped in with a hit and a pair of RBIs. Guest added a pair of hits and a run scored. Davis (two runs scored), Keslynn Grimmett (one run scored) and Hannah McPherson each collected a hit in the game. Holder pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout, walked one and struck out six.

The Lady Bearcats will participate in the Pre-State Blowout at home on Friday and Saturday.

Cassidy Campbell, Jadah Hurst, Destiny Martin, Taylor Short and Raygen Turner each collected a hit for Hanceville, now 3-18 overall on the season. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Oakman next Tuesday for the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament.

 

Tuesday scoring roundup

 

St. Bernard 2, Tanner 0 (VB SC)
Saints 11-6-1

Next game: May 1 (first round of the playoffs)

Opponent: TBD

 

Tanner 3, St. Bernard 1 (VG SC)

Lady Saints final record: 2-11-1

 

Mars Hill 7, West Point 0 (VG SC)

Lady Warriors final record: 3-8

 

Cordova 12, Good Hope 0 (SB) Monday

 

The Cullman Lady Bearcats tennis team brought home the AHSAA State Tournament Sportsmanship Award.

 

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