PREP SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: Lady Warriors fall in Smith Lake Classic Championship Game, Saturday scoring wrap-up

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JASPER, Ala. – The Lady Warriors traveled to Jasper this weekend for a packed slate of softball action at this year’s Smith Lake Classic and punched their ticket to Saturday night’s championship game after knocking off Corner and Lamar County on Friday and Gordo, Dora and Fayette County on Saturday. West Point faced Corner once again with the title on the line but couldn’t quite get the bats going this time around and the Lady Warriors fell in the championship game 13-1.

The Lady Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first and the Lady Warriors led off the bottom half of the inning with back to back singles, but a double play got Corner out of the inning and kept the score at 1-0.

Neither team crossed the plate in the second inning, but the Lady Yellow Jackets were able to score five in the top of the third to take a 6-0 lead over West Point. Corner brought home seven more runs in the top of the fourth to go up 13-0 and put the game out of reach for the Lady Warriors.

An RBI single from Gracie Thompson got West Point on the board in the bottom of the fourth but it was too little too late, and Corner went on to win it 13-1.

Gracie Abbott was 2-for-2 at the plate and Thompson (one RBI), Molly Pendley and Makayla Brown recorded hits for West Point as well.

It didn’t end the way they wanted it to, but the Lady Warriors won five games at the Smith Lake Classic and will try build off of a really strong weekend going forward.

West Point 10 – Gordo 0 (softball)

Makayla Brown racked up eight RBIs in West Point’s 10-0 win over Gordo thanks in large part to a pair of 3-run bombs that she hit in the first two innings.

Her first homerun in the top of the first gave the Lady Warriors an early 3-0 lead and in her next at-bat, she made it 6-0 with her second homer of the morning. An RBI single from Gracie Thompson stretched the lead to 7-0 and West Point tacked on two more runs on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single from Carlie Wilkins to seal the deal.

Wilkins went two innings on the mound for the Lady Warriors, allowing just one hit and picking up three strikeouts. Braelee Quinn tossed the final inning for West Point and allowed just one hit as well. Brown was 2-for-3 at the plate with two homeruns and eight RBIs.

West Point 6 – Dora 1 (softball)

West Point plated three runs in the bottom of the second to take a big lead early in the game and added three more in the bottom of the fourth to pull away with the win over Dora. Bethany Minck (one hit) led the Lady Warriors with three RBIs and Gracie Abbott (two hits) finished just behind her with two RBIs.

West Point 16 – Fayette County 0 (softball)

The Lady Warriors took all the drama out of this one early by bringing nine runs home in the bottom of the first and they cruised to win it 16-0. Molly Pendley was 3-for-3 at the plate and racked five RBIs in the win. Gracie Thompson (one hit) finished with three RBIs and Carlie Wilkins (two hits) posted two RBIs.

Stewarts Creek 6 – Cullman 0 (softball)

The starting pitching for Stewarts Creek was a handful for the Lady Bearcats as they were held without a hit in the 6-0 loss.

Cullman 1 – Alcoa 0 (softball)

After four scoreless innings, Cullman was finally able to break the tie when Brandy Peoples walked it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Sydney Holder got the start on the mound for the Lady Bearcats and kept Alcoa off the scoreboard, allowing just five hits and collecting six strikeouts in the win.

Cullman 8 – Battleground 1 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats plated four runs in the top of the first to set the tone early and Battleground was never able to respond, allowing the Lady Bearcats to pull away and win it 8-1. Alex Stansell was 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs in the win and McKenna Kline was a perfect 3-for-3. Ashlen Heatherly (two RBIs), Savannah Davis and Carlie Burnham each recorded two hits for Cullman as well.

Blackmon 6 – Cullman 2 (softball)

Cullman was able to score in the top of the second to the game with Blackmon but allowed three runs in the bottom of the third and that was enough for Blackmon to pull away and win it 6-2. Alex Stansell was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Lady Bearcats in the loss and Savannah Davis (one hit) drove in a run as well.

Falkville 9 – Vinemont 1 (softball)

The Lady Eagles managed to strike first by scoring in the opening frame on a solo homerun from MacKenzie Lawrence, but Falkville quickly answered and plated six runs in the bottom of the second to put the game out of reach for Vinemont. Lawrence’s solo shot was the only hit and RBI of the game for the Lady Eagles.

Columbia 5 – Vinemont 4 (softball)

The Lady Eagles were tied at 4 with Columbia going into the final frame but a walk-off triple from Columbia put things away for good and sealed the 5-4 loss for Vinemont. Maddie Oliver, Hailee Moore and MacKenzie Lawrence each posted two hits for the Lady Eagles. Brooklyn Knott, Emilie Hoffman and Callie Millwood each drove in a run for Vinemont in the loss.

Lamar County 10 – Meek 0 (softball)

Emma Fincher recorded Meek’s only hit of the game during its loss to Lamar County.

Fayette County 7 – Meek 3 (softball)

Fayette County built an early 2-0 lead and the Lady Tigers were able to cut the lead to 4-3 in the top of the fourth but three runs from Fayette County in the bottom half of the inning put the game out of reach for Meek. Emma Fincher (two hits) and Nikki Yoshiwara (one hit) each collected an RBI in the loss.

Shades Valley 10 – Meek 0 (softball)

Kalin Rivers and Bailee Fincher each recorded a hit for the Lady Tigers in their loss to Shades Valley.

Hazel Green 7 – Cullman 3 (baseball)

The Trojans built a 4-0 advantage after the third inning and even though the ‘Cats were able to chip away, it wasn’t enough to overcome Hazel Green and Cullman fell 7-3. Brennen Norton (one RBI) led Cullman with three hits and Brady Patterson (one RBI) finished just behind him with two.

Danville 5 – Vinemont 2 (baseball)

The Eagles scored in the bottom of the first to things up at 1 apiece but Danville moved in front in the third and pulled away in the sixth to win it 5-2. Issac Smith (one RBI), Wyatt Thomason and Will Rhodes each collected a hit for Vinemont.

Fairview 10 – Brewer 7 (baseball)

After going up 9-0 in the top of the fifth, the Aggies got a bit of a score from the Patriots when they began chipping away at the lead, but it proved to be too much for Brewer and Fairview held on to win 10-7. Preston Ryan, Will Bailey and Oakley Mullican each collected two hits and two RBIs for the Aggies in the win.

Dora 3 – Fairview 0 (baseball)

Fairview was held to just four hits in its second game of the day and Dora was able to find enough offense to put away the Aggies. Riley Carrol collected two hits for Fairview in the loss and Will Bailey and Oakley Mullican added hits as well.

Hueytown 7 – West Point 6 (baseball)

The Warriors plated six runs in top of the third to take a 6-0 lead in this one, but Hueytown was able to put together enough runs to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh and walked it off in the bottom of the ninth. Isaac Hoffpauir (three RBIs) and Aubry Cleghorn (one RBI) each recorded two hits for West Point.

Corner 5 – West Point 1 (baseball)

This was a low-scoring affair most of the way and the was knotted at 1 after five innings but Corner plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away from the Warriors. Hunter Persall, Whitt Laney and Levi Farley recorded the only hits of the game for West Point.

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