PREP BASEBALL: Bearcats defeat Sparkman, honor late teammate on senior night; Monday scoring wrap-up

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(top) Brennen Norton connects with a pitch during Cullman's 5-4 win Monday night. (bottom) Curtis Wilson's mother Ashley with this year's senior class during the senior night ceremony. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

HARTSELLE, Ala. – The Bearcats traveled to Hartselle for a matchup against Sparkman Monday night and after edging the Senators 5-4, Cullman celebrated a very special senior night. Along with this year’s senior class made up of Dylon Wallace, Garrett Evans, Cooper Beck, Cole Fuller, Blake Lambert, Carter Guest, Peyton Colvard, Niklas Fondren, Sam Baker, Braxton Jones, Seth Gable, Gavin Burtis and Blayne Scott, the late Curt Wilson’s mother Ashley Wilson was on the field to represent her son as one of this year’s senior Bearcats in an emotional scene.

Before Cullman’s seniors were recognized for their time with the program, they had to get past the Sparkman Senators.

Sparkman took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Bearcats responded in the bottom of the second. Nicholas Braswell doubled into right field to tie the game at 1 and he later came home to score on a passed ball to take a 2-1 lead.

The Senators tied things up in the top of the fourth, but Cullman scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch to move ahead 4-2 in the bottom half of the inning. The ‘Cats stretched the lead to 5-2 with a sacrifice bunt from A.J. Miller in the bottom of the fifth but Sparkman trimmed the lead to one in the top of the sixth to apply some pressure to the Cullman dugout.

With just three outs left to seal the win, Cooper Beck hit the mound for the Bearcats in the top of the seventh and struck out two of the final three batters to secure a 5-4 win for Cullman. The Bearcats posted just four hits in the win, two of which came from Braswell (one RBI).

The ‘Cats will get a few days off now before they travel to Albertville for round one of the AHSAA State playoffs on Friday.

Other Monday scores:

Cullman girls’ tennis – Sectional Champions

The Lady Bearcats took home a section title Monday after two doubles teams earned championships for Cullman and six singles players took home first place as well. Alaina Jones and Emily Hancock as well as Kate Krigbaum and Emma Murphree were your doubles winners while Jaedyn Martin, Reagan Martin, Kate Krigbaum, Alaina Jones, Emily Hancock and Katia Peterson finished as singles winners.

The Lady Bearcats won 39 of the 42 possible points on Monday and the boys’ tennis team will look to try and match their performance when they compete at sectionals on Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Coach Robin Cook

Good Hope 9 – Cold Springs 4 (baseball)

It took extra innings to settle things between Good Hope and Cold Springs Monday night and the Raiders plated five in the top of the eighth to finally put things away in a tight game. Colton Williams finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and Matt Hancock (two RBIs) collected three hits for Good Hope as well.

Brodi Williams (one hit) drove in a pair of runs for the Eagles and Dylan Gable (two hits) and Jake Abbott (one hit) each finished with an RBI as well.  

West Point 11 – Hanceville 1 (baseball)

After a quiet three innings, West Point tacked on six runs in the top of fourth to take a big lead and the Bulldogs were never able to respond. Will Cochran got the start on the mound for the Warriors and put together an impressive outing, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out five.

Branson Smith (two hits), Aubry Cleghorn (one hit) and Cochran (one hit) each collected two RBIs in the win for West Point.

Addison 13 – Meek 1 (baseball)

The Bulldogs put this one away early Monday afternoon after plating three runs in the first and five more in the second to put the game out of reach for Meek right out of the gate. Hayden Lee tossed all five innings for Addison, allowing one run on just four hits and striking out four.

Lee (two hits) and Jake Wilson (two hits) each posted four RBIs for the Bulldogs in the win and Jesse Brock led the way with three hits. Alden Archer led the Tigers with two hits in the loss.

Brewer 7 – West Point 6 (softball)

The Lady Warriors fell at home in a tight, back and forth area matchup against Brewer Monday evening despite scoring three in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

Molly Pendley (two hits), Carlie Wilkins (one hit), Makayla Brown (one hit), Gracie Thompson (one hit) and Gracie Abbott each drove in a run for West Point in the loss.

Hanceville 6 – West End 2 (softball)

The Lady Bulldogs picked up a solid road win over West End Monday night thanks to several strong offensive performances throughout the lineup. Destiny Short, Brittney Dearing, Cassidy Campbell and Peyton Embry each collected two hits in the win and Alexia Edwards, Gracie Hudspeth and Shanna Helms each posted a hit as well.

Cullman 14 – Boaz 9 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats scored early and often in their win over Boaz Monday, tacking on at least a run in all but one inning. Cullman racked up a whopping 20 hits in the win and McKenna Kline was the standout, going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with a homerun and five RBIs. Faith Guest (three hits), Alex Stansell (three hits) and Ashlen Heatherly (two hits) each drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Bearcats. Haley Shannon finished the game with three hits as well.

Good Hope 4 – Fairview 1 (softball)

The Lady Raiders traveled to Fairview Monday afternoon and moved to 5-0 in area play with a win over the Lady Aggies. After entering the sixth tied at 1, Good Hope plated three runs in the top half of the inning to pull away from Fairview.

Sidnie English tossed a complete game for the Lady Raiders and allowed just one run on four hits and struck out three. English also led the way at the plate, finishing with two hits and two RBIs while Rebecca Norris (one hit) and Morgan Goodwin each drove in a run as well.

Decatur Heritage 5 – Meek 2 (softball)

The Lady Tigers fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first and Decatur Heritage was able to keep the Meek bats quiet enough to pull away and win it 5-2. Autumn Peek, Emma Fincher (one RBI) and Savannah Smith (one RBI) each finished with two hits in the loss.

Brindlee Mountain 12 – Vinemont 5 (softball)

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but couldn’t keep their bats going for seven innings and Brindlee Mountain rallied to beat Vinemont 12-5.

Maddie Oliver (one RBI), MacKenzie Lawrence (one RBI) and Hailee Moore each posted three hits in the loss and Emilie Hoffman finished just behind them with a pair of hits.

Sulligent 13 – Cold Springs 2 (softball)

Sulligent scored a pair of runs in the top of the first and tacked on another in the second to take an early 3-0 advantage and the Lady Eagles never generated enough offense to chip away at the lead. Morgan Chasteen (one hit) and AK Voce (one hit) each drove in a run for Cold Springs in the loss.

Holly Pond 19 – St. Bernard 3 (baseball)

Hartselle 4 – Cullman 2 (boys’ soccer)

Juan Sheffield – 2 goals

Gresyon Gerding – 1 assist

Washington Sheffield – 1 assist

Eli Borden – 4 saves

Huntsville 2 – Cullman 1 (girls’ soccer)

Abby Branham – 1 goal

Mimi Lunsford – 1 assist

Arab 7 – Fairview 1 (boys’ soccer)

Luis Cortes – 1 goal

Arab 10 – Fairview 0 (girls’ soccer)

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