PREP BASEBALL: West Point, Fairview travel for Saturday doubleheaders

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Both the Aggies and Warriors traveled to play doubleheaders on Saturday. Fairview split its matchups with Priceville and Decatur, and West Point dropped a pair of tight games against Winfield.

Fairview 12 – Priceville 0 (Game 1)

Fairview played its first game of the day against Priceville. The Aggies struck first in the opening frame with a pair of lead-off walks, and a single loaded the bases for Dalton Payne, who cleared the bases with a three-run double that gave them a 3-0 lead. Fairview increased its lead in the bottom of the second when Jack Brown and Riley Carroll each drew walks and Dayne Black drove them both in with a two-run double. Payne added an RBI single to make it 6-0 going into the next inning.

The Aggies broke it open in the third after Parker Martin scored on a passed ball and Payne added yet another three-run double. He then scored on a Priceville error to make it 11-0 and Carroll hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to bring the final score to 12-0.

Payne finished the game with three hits, seven RBIs and a run for Fairview. Black added a hit, two RBIs and scored another two runs. Carroll chipped in with two hits, an RBI and three runs. Jarrett Miller pitched a great game, giving up just two hits, walking two and striking out six.

Decatur 10 – Fairview 0 (Game 2)

Game two, between the Decatur Raiders and Fairview (2-1), finished with just one hit, which came from Malcolm Parker. The Aggies fell to the Red Raiders 10-0.

The Aggies finished the day 1-1 and will travel to Locust Fork on Tuesday.

Winfield 3 – West Point 1 (Game 1)

In game one between West Point and Winfield, the Pirates struck first with an RBI double that gave them the early 1-0 lead. The Warriors, though, answered back in the bottom of the second. Rylan Jones hit a one-out single and Branson Smith drove him in with an RBI double to tie the game up at one. Winfield broke the tie in the top of the fourth with a two-run double and West Point never got the offense going again after that, falling 3-1.

Smith finished with a hit and an RBI for West Point, and Will Cochran, Aubry Cleghorn and Jones each added a hit as well. Blake Diestelow pitched a complete game for the Warriors, giving up just four hits, three runs (two earned), walking two and striking out seven.

Winfield 6 – West Point 5 (Game 2)

In game two, West Point struck first in its opening at-bats. Hunter Persall led off the game with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Cochran. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases for Brody Rusk, who made it 2-0 with an RBI single of his own. Winfield got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly, but the Warriors added to their lead in the top of the fifth when Persall singled and later scored on an error. Cleghorn added an RBI single to make it 4-1, but the Pirates put up four runs in their half of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. 

West Point's Carter Thornton reached on a one-out error and Persall later hit an RBI double to tie the game at five in the sixth, but Winfield re-took the lead in the bottom of the inning and the Warriors ended up on the wrong side of a 6-5 loss.

Persall finished the game 4-for-4 with an RBI and scored two runs for West Point (3-3). Cleghorn added two hits and an RBI. Cochran (one run scored) and Rusk each chipped in with a hit and an RBI. The Warriors will travel to Arab on Monday.

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