PREP SOFTBALL: West Point tops Cullman 11-1, Tuesday night wrap-up


Carlie Wilkins (00) tossed five innings, collected eight strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate in West Point's 11-1 win over Cullman on Tuesday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – The Lady Warriors hosted the Lady Bearcats on a chilly Tuesday evening and West Point blew the game open in the fifth inning to pull away and defeat Cullman, 11-1. Carlie Wilkins got the start on the mound for the Lady Warriors and went all five innings, allowing just one run on four hits and collecting eight strikeouts.

After a scoreless top of the first, West Point took a 1-0 lead when Shelby Sellers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Molly Pendley came home to score. Wilkins helped herself out by driving in two runs with a single to left in the bottom of the second, but an RBI single from Cullman’s Alex Stansell cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the third.  

A bases-loaded walk and an error helped the Lady Warriors extend the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the third and put things away later in the fifth. RBI singles from Bethany Minck and Wilkins stretched the lead to 7-1 and Gracie Abbott scored on a passed ball to tack on another run. A two-run single from Sellers made it 10-1, and she came around to score on an error later in the inning to seal an 11-1 win for West Point.

Wilkins went 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high three RBIs, and Sydney Sellers, Pendley and Minck each posted two hits as well. McKenna Kline, Ashlen Heatherly, Carlie Burnham and Stansell each picked up a hit for Cullman in the loss.

The Lady Warriors will look to stay in the win column when they host Danville on Wednesday and the Lady Bearcats will try to bounce back when they travel to Hartselle on Thursday.

Priceville 16 – Vinemont 0

The Lady Eagles dropped to 0-3 on the season after falling at home to Priceville Tuesday night. Two doubles and a home run gave the Lady Bulldogs a 5-0 in the top of the first and they were able to stretch their lead to 11-0 in the top of the second.

Priceville added one more run in the third and tacked on four in the fourth inning to end things early and secure a 16-0 road win. The Lady Eagles were held without a hit in the loss.

Vinemont will look to bounce back and perform well when the Lady Eagles compete in the umpire’s tournament in Hanceville on Thursday.

Appalachian 9 – Fairview 8

The Lady Aggies traveled to take on the Lady Eagles of Appalachian Tuesday night and came up just one run short. Fairview scored five runs in the top of the seventh to chip away at the lead, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Appalachian on the road.

The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double, but the Lady Aggies were able to take a 3-1 lead on a pair of errors in the top of the third. An RBI double and an error allowed Appalachian to go up 4-3 in the bottom of the inning and the Lady Eagles extended the lead to 5-3 in the fourth on a fielder’s choice.

Another error committed by Fairview along with another RBI double extended the Appalachian lead to 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Aggies did not go away. Katie Ball singled with two outs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 9-5 and Allyson Wooten put one over the right-field fence to score three runs and trim the lead to 9-8, but a strikeout ended the comeback effort for Fairview and sealed the 9-8 win for Priceville.

Wooten finished with a team-high three RBIs. Ball was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Alyssa Wooten went 2-for-4 at the plate as well.

The Lady Aggies will try to bounce back with a win when they compete in the umpire’s tournament at Hanceville on Thursday.

Fultondale 3 – Hanceville 1

The Lady Bulldogs dropped a road matchup with Fultondale 3-1 Tuesday night after the Lady Wildcats tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth to pull away from Hanceville.

After two scoreless innings, the Lady Bulldogs struck first in the top of the third when Gracie Hudspeth crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice, but an RBI single tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Cassidy Campbell held Fultondale in check for another inning, but the Lady Wildcats took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run single and Hanceville wasn’t able to answer offensively. They had the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Bulldogs couldn’t bring the runners around and they fell on the road 3-1.

Along with her five strikeouts on the mound, Campbell also went 3-for-3 at the plate in the loss. Peyton Embrey, Isabella Elliot, Dening and Hudspeth each collected a hit as well.

Hanceville will try to respond with a win when it hosts the umpire’s tournament on Thursday.

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