Good Hope's Sidnie English goes after a pitch in the Lady Raiders' 6-3 win over Winston County on Saturday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)
CULLMAN, Ala. – West Point, Good Hope, Addison and Cold Springs were in the field at this year’s Wallace State High School Softball Tournament Saturday and played on the fields at the Field of Miracles sports complex. The Lady Warriors tied their first matchup of the day with North Jackson, lost to Winfield 5-1 and dropped their matchup of the night to Lawrence County 3-1. The Lady Raiders knocked off Winston County and Pleasant Valley and dropped their nightcap against North Jackson 5-1. Addison fell to Belgreen 7-1 but bounced back to beat the Lady Eagles 4-3. Cold Springs also dropped its first matchup of the day against Pleasant Valley 8-2.
Games were timed at 65 minutes and were over once time ran out and the current inning was finished.
West Point 1 – North Jackson 1
Carlie Wilkins got the start for the Lady Warriors in a pitcher’s duel with North Jackson and went the distance for them in the low-scoring tie. Wilkins allowed just one run on three hits and picked up six strikeouts in the game.
North Jackson scored first on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the second but couldn’t get back on the scoreboard the rest of the way. Wilkins got the run back herself in the top of the third by driving in Bethany Minck with an RBI double to tie the game, but that was all the offense West Point would produce.
North Jackson led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, but a double play in the infield and a strikeout from Wilkins ended the game still knotted at one. Wilkins, Minck and Gracie Abbott posted the only three hits of the game for the Lady Warriors.
Winfield 5 – West Point 1
Winfield took a 1-0 lead in the second at bat of the game with a solo home run, but the Lady Warriors were able to get out of the inning without any more damage. Molly Pendley tied things up with a solo shot of her own in the bottom of the first, but West Point wasn’t able to get anything else going with the bats after that.
Winfield tacked on three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead and added one more in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach before time expired.
Along with Pendley, Abbott, Shelby Sellers, Braelee Quinn and Sydney Sellers collected hits for the Lady Warriors in the loss.
Lawrence County 3 – West Point 1
Lawrence County took a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the second and both pitchers shut things down for a couple of innings after that, but an RBI single and a fielder’s choice extended the lead to 3-0 for Lawrence County in the top of the fifth.
Pendley drove in Minck in the bottom half of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-1, but the clock ran out on the Lady Warriors, bringing their record to 1-2-1 on the season. Wilkins, Quinn and Pendley collected the only hits of the game for West Point.
The Lady Warriors will look to bounce back with a win when they host Danville on Monday.
Good Hope 6 – Winston County 3
The Lady Raiders took an early lead 2-0 in this one when Angelina Flanagan drove in Skylar Tucker and Bailey Swann with a double to left field, but Winston County was able to take a 3-2 lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second.
Sidnie English responded almost immediately in the top of the third with a two-run bomb over the left-field fence and Morgan Goodwin laid down a sacrifice bunt later in the inning that scored Flanagan and stretched the lead to 5-3. English came home to score on an error in the top of the fourth to make it 6-3, and that sealed the deal for Good Hope.
English went the distance on the mound for the Lady Raiders, allowing three runs on four hits and collecting seven strikeouts in the win. English also led the way for Good Hope offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Flanagan posted two RBIs as well, followed by Goodwin who finished with one.
Good Hope 4 – Pleasant Valley 1
English was back on the mound for the Lady Raiders in their second game of the day and picked up another win after holding Pleasant Valley to just one run on four hits.
After a scoreless first inning, Rebecca Norris put a two-run homer over the left-field fence to give Good Hope an early lead. Pleasant Valley cut into the lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the second, but Tucker got that run back with an RBI single in the top of third to make it 4-1.
English kept the bats for Pleasant Valley in check the rest of the way and the Lady Raiders pulled away to win their second game of the day 4-1. Norris led Good Hope with two RBIs in the win and Tucker followed her with one. Flanagan, Swann and English recorded hits as well.
North Jackson 5 – Good Hope 1
The Lady Raiders dropped their final game of the night to North Jackson after falling behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first. North Jackson drove in two more runs to extend the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third, but Good Hope was able to get on the board in the top of the fourth when Tucker tagged up to score on a sacrifice fly from English.
That run trimmed the lead to 5-1, but it was too little too late for the Lady Raiders and they dropped their first game of the season. Swann, Gracie Ray and Tucker collected the only hits of the game for Good Hope.
The Lady Raiders are now 4-1 on the season they’ll try to get back in the win column when they host Brewer on Monday.
Belgreen 7 – Addison 1
The Lady Bulldogs dropped their first game of the day against Belgreen. Addison was able to add a run in the final inning to trim the lead to 7-1, but time ran out on the Lady Bulldogs and they’ll start this season 0-1.
Pleasant Valley 8 – Cold Springs 2
The Lady Eagles held onto a 2-0 lead late in this one, but things got away from them and Pleasant Valley pulled away to win it 8-2 as time expired. Cold Springs jumped out in front early but couldn’t maintain the lead and dropped its opening game of the season.
Addison 4 – Cold Springs 3
Cold Springs found itself holding onto a late lead in this one as well, but the Lady Bulldogs plated three runs in the final inning to pull away and collect their first win of the season, 4-3. The Lady Eagles drop to 0-2 on the season and they’ll look for their first win when they travel to Holly Pond on Tuesday. Addison will look to stay in the win column when they host Tharptown on Monday.
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