VINEMONT, Ala. – Vinemont took on J.B. Pennington in the third and deciding game of their opening round playoff series with the season and a spot in round two on the line. After dropping game one and bouncing back to win game two, the Eagles defeated the Tigers 8-3 in Tuesday’s rubber match and they are moving on to the next round.
After a scoreless first, Vinemont’s Clay Rogers got out of a jam in the second inning by striking out the last two hitters. The Eagles got the first run of the game in their half of the inning courtesy of a double steal that allowed Dalton Whitehead to steal home and give them the early 1-0 lead. They loaded the bases with one out in the third and Deacon Samples hit a two-run single to center field, then Issac Smith added an RBI groundout that helped Vinemont stretch its lead to 4-0.
Vinemont made it 6-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Travis Hopper and Teague Whatley scored on a Tiger error. They extended the lead to 7-0 in the fifth on an RBI infield single from Hopper. J.B. Pennington got on the scoreboard in the top half of the sixth on a three-run home run that cut it to 7-3, but the Eagles added another run in their half when Teague Whatley scored on a throwing error. Hudson Wood got out of a jam on the mound in the final inning as he induced the game-ending double play to seal the win for Vinemont and punch their ticket to the second round.
Samples finished the game with a hit and two RBIs for Vinemont. Hopper added a hit and a pair of RBIs, while Smith added an RBI of his own. Rogers went five and a third innings, allowing six hits and three runs, walking two, and striking out four. Wood allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one in his one and 2/3 innings of work. The Eagles will travel to Westminster Christian Friday at 5 p.m.
Hanceville 18 – Glencoe 6
Hanceville put on an offensive explosion in Game three against Glencoe in which all but one Bulldog player got at least two hits and at least one RBI in their 18-6 rout of the Yellow Jackets. After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, Glencoe cut the lead to 3-2 in their half of the inning, but Hanceville responded with four more in the top of the second. Three runs in the sixth and six in the seventh put the game out of reach and The Bulldogs will advance to take on Phil Campbell at home in round two Friday night at 5 p.m.
Andrew Campbell led the way for Hanceville with three hits, four RBIs and three runs scored. Isaac Holmes added two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Tate Brown (one hit) and Michael Cornelius (two hits) each added a pair of RBIs while Ashton James (two hits and three runs scored), Mark Dyer (two hits and two runs scored), Tim Kubia and Zachary Campbell (one hit and three runs scored) each chipped in with an RBI of their own.
Other Tuesday scores:
Good Hope 9 – Arab 2 (softball)
The Lady Raiders set the tone against Arab right out of the gate on Tuesday by scoring six runs in the bottom of the first to put the game of out reach for the Lady Knights almost immediately.
Bailey Swann (two hits) drove in three runs for Good Hope in the win and Morgan Goodwin (one RBI) led the Lady Raiders with three hits. Kailee Shikle (two hits), Sidnie English (one hit), Abby Hunt and Jacqueline Hays each collected an RBI for Good Hope.
Curry 13 – Addison 0 (softball)
The Lady Bulldogs were shut out and held to just one hit in a 13-0 loss to Curry on Tuesday. Asia Millwood recorded the only hit of the night for Addison and after the Lady Yellow Jackets went up 6-0 in the second, they plated seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away in five innings.
Hayden 14 – Cullman 1 (softball)
The Lady Wildcats scored in all but one inning during their 14-1 win over Cullman on Tuesday and took an early 4-0 lead after scoring a pair of runs in the first two innings. The Lady Bearcats got on the board in the fifth, but it was too little too late, and Hayden pulled away to win comfortably.
McKenna Kline finished 2-for-3 at the plate in the loss and Faith Guest (one hit) drove in the run for Cullman.
Falkville 7 – Cold Springs 4 (softball)
The Lady Eagles actually built a 4-0 lead after the first two innings in this one but six runs in the bottom of the fourth proved to be enough for Falkville to rally and come back to win in it 7-4.
Crimson Gann (one hit) led Cold Springs with two RBIs and Morgan Chasteen (one hit) and Emma Black (one hit) each drove in a run in the loss as well.
J.B. Pennington 11 – Fairview 0 (softball)
The Lady Tigers managed to shut out the Lady Aggies and end things in five innings on Tuesday thanks in large part to a 3-run first inning, a 5-run third and another three in the fifth that allowed them to pull away and win it 11-0.
Fairview was held without a hit in the loss.
Winston County 11 – Meek 3 (softball)
After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Lady Tigers fell behind 5-1 in the third inning against Winston County and the Lady Yellow Jackets stretched that lead to 11-2 by the top of the seventh, putting the game out of reach for Meek.
Bailee Fincher (one RBI) and Emma Fincher each posted two hits for the Lady Tigers and Abby Phillips (one RBI) and Madison Smith each collected a hit as well.
West Point 3 – Holly Pond 1 (girls’ soccer)
Kylie Armistead – 2 goals
Grace Lee – 1 goal
West Point 7 – Holly Pond 1 (boys’ soccer)
Logan Selby – 3 goals, 2 assists
Omar Segundo – 2 goals
Axel Roman – 1 goal, 1 assist
Jacob Bencze – 1 goal
Anthony Segundo – 4 saves
Kanen Trussell – 1 assist
Ashton Lindsey – 1 assist
Fairview 3 – Clements 3 (girls’ soccer)
Sydney Babb – 1 goal
Greta Bishop – 1 goal
Rose Fish – 1 goal
Fairview 3 – Clements 1 (boys’ soccer)
Jaxon Swann – 1 goal
Brian Pecina – 1 goal
Bailey Byrd – 1 goal
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