PREP SOFTBALL/BASEBALL: Ball’s walk-off homer lifts Fairview over Ashville; Tuesday scoring wrap-up

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Katie Ball (2) connected with a 3-run shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the 7th to give Fairview the win over Ashville Tuesday night. (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Ashville traveled to Fairview to take on the Lady Aggies in Tuesday afternoon area softball action and the story from this game was Katie Ball’s walk-off three-run home run that lifted Fairview over the Lady Bulldogs 7-6.

Ashville started the game out strong witht an RBI infield single and a grand slam to take a quick 5-0 lead, but the Lady Aggies had a quick answer in their half of the inning. Daisy Manasco led off the inning with a single and one out later, Ball drew a walk. Allyson Wooten then drove one over the left-field fence to make it a 5-3 game.

The Lady Bulldogs added to their lead in the third inning as they made it 6-3 on a Fairview error. Neither team put up any more runs on the board, despite getting some runners on base, until the bottom of the sixth. Allyson Wooten hit a one-out single to left field and later moved over to second on a wild pitch. Alyssa Wooten reached on a throwing error by the third baseman which allowed Allyson Wooten to cross the plate and cut the deficit to 6-4.

Ashville loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Ball got a pair of groundouts to get out of the inning unscathed. The Lady Aggies got their rally started in their half of the seventh with one out. Tess Bailey lined a single to center field and Manasco drew a walk. Kennedy Johnson moved Bailey and Manasco over to second and third respectively on a sacrifice bunt and on the first pitch she saw, Ball put one over the center-field fence to win it for Fairview 7-6.

Wooten (two hits) and Ball (one hit) each finished with three RBIs and two runs scored for Fairview (7-15). Manasco added a hit and two runs scored, while Bailey ended up with a hit and a run scored. Ball pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two. The Lady Aggies will host Oneonta on Thursday. 

Other Tuesday scores:

Cullman Boys’ Tennis – Sectional Champions

After the Lady Bearcats wrapped up a sectional title at Albertville yesterday, the boys followed them with a championship-winning performance of their own. Tucker Rainwater, Blake Spradlin and Lukas Gipson were singles winners while Rainwater and Gipson, Spradlin and Sam Ratliff and Jackson Murphree and Sam Patel were doubles champions.

photo courtesy of Robin Cook

Cold Springs 10 – Falkville 7 (baseball)

The Eagles scored early and often Tuesday night in their won over Falkville, scoring in all but two innings and holding off a late rally from the Blue Devils to win in 10-7.

Jake Abbott (one RBI) was 4-for-5 at the plate in the win and Brooks Stephenson led the way with three RBIs. Dylan Gable (one hit) drove in a pair of runs for Cold Springs as well. 

Brewer 6 – Fairview 3 (baseball)

The Aggies came up just short in a low-scoring, extra innings matchup with Brewer Tuesday night and after entering the eighth tied at 1, the Patriots scored five in the top half of the inning to pull away and defeat Fairview 6-3.

Riley Carroll led the Aggies with two hits and Dalton Payne (one hit) and Dayne Black each picked up and RBI in the loss.

Good Hope 4 – Addison 3 (baseball)

The Raiders fell behind 3-0 to Addison in the top of the first but plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 1-run lead and didn’t give it up the rest of the way.

Harper Chiaranda (one RBI) led Good Hope with two hits and Matt Hancock (one hit) and Lane Speegle each collected an RBI in the win as well.

West Point 10 – Hanceville 0 (baseball)

The Warriors blasted the Bulldogs on senior night Tuesday, and they did it by tacking on five runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth while Blake Diestelow held Hanceville to just four hits. West Point seniors Rylan Jones, Blake Diestelow, Hunter Persall and Roman Hopson were also recognized during a senior night ceremony.

Rylan Jones was 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and Aubry Cleghorn (one RBI), Will Cochran (one RBI) and Cade Simmons (one RBI) each finished with two hits as well.

Susan Moore 13 – Holly Pond 3 (softball)

Susan Moore took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but began to extend that lead with six runs in the second and three more in the third to pull away with a 10-run victory over the Lady Broncos.

Emma Spitzer led Holly Pond with two hits and Taylor Simmons, Maddie Heatherly and Madison Cothren each recorded a hit as well.

Hartselle 7 – Cullman 0 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats took a tough loss against Hartselle Tuesday afternoon after the Lady Tigers broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the sixth and five more in the seventh to win it late over Cullman.

Haley Shannon, Savannah Davis, Alex Stansell, Ashlen Heatherly and Taylor Au recorded the only hits of the game for the Lady Bearcats.

Guntersville 12 – West Point 2 (softball)

The Lady Warriors struck in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead in this one, but Guntersville answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first and kept swinging it to pull away with a 12-2 win.

Indian Springs 5 – Cullman 0 (boys’ soccer)

Brayden Freeman – 6 saves

Brewer 3 – West Point 2 (girls’ soccer)

The Lady Warriors lost a close one to the Lady Patriots at home Tuesday night but also took time to recognize this year’s senior class made up of Lily Whitesell, Heidi Leatherwood and Brooklyn Barnett

Kyli Armstead – 1 goal

Grace Lee – 1 goal

Brewer 7 – West Point 4 (boys’ soccer)

The Warriors had a 3-2 lead in the second half of their matchup with the Patriots but couldn’t quite hold and ended up falling at home 7-4. This year’s senior class made up Brendon Williamson, Samuel Flores Romero, Axel Roman and Joshua Couch were recognized and all those that were healthy and played scored in the game.

Logan Selby – 1 goal

Samuel Flores Romero – 1 goal

Axel Roman – 1 goal

Joshua Couch – 1 goal

Fultondale 3 – St. Bernard 2 (girls’ soccer)

Jaya Bajadursingh – 1 goal

Piper Watson – 1 goal

Douglas 7 – Good Hope 2 (boys’ soccer)

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