PREP SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: West Point comes back to beat Arab in 19-16 shootout, Tuesday scoring wrap-up

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Lexi Shadix (2) squares up a pitch during West Point's 19-16 win over Arab on Tuesday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – The Lady Warriors hosted Arab Tuesday and after the Lady Knights built an early lead, West Point came back to top them in a shootout. Arab scored three in the top of the first and maintained a 3-1 lead going into the second, but the game completely changed after the bats came alive for the Lady Warriors.

The rally began in the bottom of the second with 2-run doubles from both Gracie Abbott and Makayla Brown that cut the lead to 6-5 going into the third. Arab plated five more runs in the top half of the inning but West Point answered with eight in the bottom half. An RBI single from Abbott was the first score of the frame and Carlie Wilkins followed her with another run-scoring single. Braelee Quinn and Lexi Shadix each drove in a run in the inning as well to go along with runs on two passed balls and a fielder’s choice that gave the Lady Warriors a 13-11 advantage.

The Lady Knights trimmed the lead to 13-12 in the top of the fourth but a 2-run single from Wilkins and a 2-run homer from Brown stretched the lead to 17-12 in the bottom of the fourth. Arab plated four more runs in the top half of the fifth to make it a 1-run game but a 2-run double from Gracie Thompson put West Point on top 19-16 in the bottom of the sixth and put the game out of reach for the Lady Knights.

Brown (two hits) led the Lady Warriors with five RBIs in the win and Abbott and Wilkins each finished with three hits and three RBIs. Thompson (two hits), Shadix (one hit) and Quinn (one hit) each drove in a pair of runs as well.

West Point is now 11-12-1 on the season and will try stay hot at the plate on Thursday when it enters this year’s Bob Jones Tournament.

Other Tuesday night scores:

Addison 8 – Cold Springs 4 (softball)

Addison traveled to Bremen to take on Cold Springs in Tuesday afternoon softball action. The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead and had to hold off a late rally by the Lady Eagles as they wound up taking the game, 8-4.

Addison got their first run of the game in the second inning. Asia Millwood led off the inning with a walk, then Samantha Brannon hit an RBI double to give them the early 1-0 lead. Anna Grace Luker had the strikeout pitch working early, as all six of her outs came via strikeout.

Destiny Walker led off the Lady Bulldog third with a single to right field; one out later, Luker helped her own cause as she hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0. Later on, Lexie Cunningham drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a 4-0 advantage for Addison.

The Lady Bulldogs made it 5-0 in the fourth as Luker got interfered with by Lacey Rice as she was fixing to score from third.  In the sixth, Walker scored on a wild pitch, then Millwood hit a two-run triple to increase their lead to 8-0.

After being held without a hit for the first five innings, Cold Springs got in the hit column and made things really interesting in their half. Morgan Chasten reached on a one-out error, then Kylon Hamby and Emily Williams hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Victoria Freeman and Rice drew consecutive walks to make it an 8-2 game, then with two outs, Crimson Gann hit a two-run single to cut the deficit to 8-4.

Anna Katherine Voce worked around a two-out walk in the seventh as Cold Springs looked for another rally in their final at-bats. Voce drew a walk to lead off the inning and Chasteen hit a single to put runners on first and second with no outs, but Luker settled down after that, getting the last three outs of the game and the Lady Bulldogs wound up winning it 8-4.

Luker finished with the home run, two RBIs and three runs scored for Addison (3-13). Millwood added a hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Cunningham and Brannon (two hits) each added an RBI, while Walker finished with three hits and two runs scored. The Lady Bulldogs will participate in the Winston County Tournament on Tuesday as they will take on Meek at 4 p.m.

For Cold Springs (5-10), Gann finished with a hit and two RBIs. Chasten, Hamby and Williams each added a hit of their own, while Freeman and Rice each collected an RBI. The Lady Eagles will look to rebound on Thursday as they will host Fairview.

West Point 6 – Hamilton 2 (baseball)

The Warriors and Hamilton were tied at 1 for most of the game but West Point started to pull away with a pair of runs in the fifth and plated three in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Aubry Cleghorn (one RBI) led the Warriors with two hits and Branson Smith (one hit), Carter Thornton (one hit) and Will Cochran (one hit) each drove in a run in the win.

Southeastern 5 – Cold Springs 4 (baseball)

The Eagles led this game the rest of the way, but the Mustangs were able to rally and tie the game in the sixth before walking it off with a game-winning run in the seventh. Jake Abbott (one RBI) and Brodee Bartlett each recorded three hits in the loss and Brooks Stephenson finished with two hits for Cold Springs.

Fairview 6 – Ashville 1 (baseball)

The Aggies plated four runs in the third inning and two in the fourth to build a 6-0 lead against Ashville and thanks in large part to a solid performance on the mound from Dayne Black, Fairview pulled away to win it 6-1. Black went six innings on the hill for the Aggies, allowing no runs on four hits and posting 11 strikeouts.

Parker Martin (one hit) led the Aggies with two RBIs and Malcolm Parker (one hit) and Riley Carroll (two hits) drove in a run as well.  

Oneonta 12 – Good Hope 0 (baseball)

The Raiders fell behind early against Oneonta on Monday and Jager Burns and Colton Williams recorded their only two hits in the loss.

Decatur 7 – Cullman 2 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but Decatur responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and pulled away to win it 7-2. Haley Shannon (one RBI), Savannah Davis and Elizabeth Quick recorded Cullman’s only three hits in the loss.

J.B. Pennington 9 – Good Hope 4 (softball)

It took five innings for the Lady Raiders to get on the board against J.B. Pennington but by then they were down 5-0 and it was too late to come back. Good Hope fell to the Lady Tigers 9-4. Morgan Goodwin went 3-for-4 at the plate in the loss and Skylar Tucker (two hits) collected three RBIs.

Appalachian 15 – Fairview 6 (softball)

After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Lady Eagles tacked on three runs in the second and third inning to take a big lead and they pulled away to beat Fairview 15-6. Daisy Manasco (one RBI), Kyleigh Aleman (one RBI) and Allyson Wooten (one RBI) each collected two hits for the Lady Aggies.

Brindlee Mountain 4 – Holly Pond 3 (softball)

Madison Cothern (one RBI) and Madison Heatherly (one RBI) each recorded two hits for the Lady Broncos in their close loss to Brindlee Mountain and Madyson Rickman collected her sixth homerun of the season.

Addison 23 – Winston County 0 (baseball)

Brilliant 17 – Meek 12 (baseball)

Athens Bible 13 – St. Bernard 0 (baseball)

Glencoe 7 – Holly Pond 6 (baseball)

Glencoe 20 – Holly Pond 3 (baseball)

Falkville 12 – Vinemont 0 (softball)

Susan Moore 15 – Hanceville 0 (softball)

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