PREP SOFTBALL: Where do local teams stand during the hiatus?

L-R: Fairview’s Katie Ball, West Point’s Molly Pendley, Good Hope’s Sidnie English. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – With schools shut down across the state, high school sports are in the middle of an unprecedented hiatus. As of now, a return to normal school operations and local sports could still be on the horizon. In case play resumes later this spring, here is where the local softball teams stand with part of the season in the books. Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey are scheduled to have a press conference this afternoon at 4 p.m. with an announcement regarding the rest of the spring semester.

Addison Bulldogs (0-7)

Addison has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this season, dropping its first seven games of 2020 although three of the Lady Bulldogs’ losses have been by five runs or fewer. They have only one senior on their team in Kaylee Brummett and have looked to some very young talent to start this year’s campaign. Addison will look to bounce back and get things going in the right direction when and if the season does get back underway.

Cold Springs Eagles (3-3)

Due to the Lady Eagles basketball team’s run to Birmingham, Cold Springs didn’t get its softball season started until the end of February. The Lady Eagles went 1-2 in the Umpires’ Tournament at Heritage Park and now hold a record of 3-3 after defeating Fairview in a shootout on the 12th, 15-10. They have a mixture of upperclassmen and young talent on this year’s team and Cold Springs will try to keep the bats going when and if we get the green light to resume play.

Cullman Bearcats (6-11)

Cullman’s season has been up-and-down up to this point with small winning streaks being brolen up with a pair of losing streaks. The Lady Bearcats’ last game was on the 12th at Hartselle and they fell to the Lady Tigers to bring their record to 6-11 so far for the season. A few upperclassmen are leading the way for the young talent on this team and they’ll aim for a little more consistency the rest of the way if the season resumes.

Fairview Aggies (7-7)

Fairview’s season got started in late February due to the girls’ postseason run in basketball and the Lady Aggies got off to a strong start, going 4-1 and improving 7-3 before dropping four in a row, including losses to Good Hope and West Point, to fall to 7-7 on the year. Fairview has a good mixture of upperclassmen and young talent on this year’s team led by Katie Ball, Allyson Wooten, and Alyssa Wooten, to name a few and the Lady Aggies will look for a strong finish if they get a chance to return to the diamond later this spring.

Good Hope Raiders (10-6)

After losing some key seniors from a stellar team last season, Good Hope still had some big names coming back in 2020. The Lady Raiders looked to pick up where they left off in 2019 and they got off to a red-hot start to the season, going 7-2 in their first nine games. Despite losing four in a row, Good Hope righted the ship, winning its next three games to bring its record at 10-6 so far in 2020. Jacqueline Hays, Sidnie English, Abby Herring and Abby Neighbors are four seniors who will look to continue leading a determined Lady Raider team deep into the postseason once again if the season gets back underway.

Hanceville Bulldogs (3-9)

Hanceville looked to take that next big step to start out 2020, but got off to a slow start, dropping five of their first six games but the Lady Bulldogs started to get things back on track after wins over J.B. Pennington and Vinemont put them at 3-9 on the season. Hanceville has a very young team this year, led by junior Cassidy Campbell, and they will look to continue improving when and if they are allowed to resume play.

Holly Pond Broncos (4-4-1)

Holly Pond looked to bounce back after a 9-16 season in 2019 but postponements and cancellations of games didn’t give the Lady Broncos much of a chance to get its season started the right way. They did pick up wins over Cold Springs, Oneonta and Fairview before collecting an area win over Vinemont to bring their record to 4-4-1 on the season so far. Along with some upperclassmen, Holly Pond has looked to some of its young talent to help out this year and will look to continue to do that if they get back to playing in 2020.

Meek Tigers (3-6)

Meek wanted to make another deep postseason run like they did in 2019, but a pair of its games got postponed due to bad weather to start the season. The Lady Tigers started out 2020 with a 3-2 mark before dropping four in a row and are now 3-6 so far on the year. Led by some key players in Abby Phillips, Savannah Smith and Jessie Woodard to name a few, Meek will look to get back on the right track when and if they get back on the field.

Vinemont Eagles (0-8)

Vinemont has gotten off to a rocky start so far in 2020, dropping its first eight games of the season. Six of those losses have been decided by four runs or fewer. Kanasta Daniel and Mackenzie Lawrence are the only upperclassmen on a very young Lady Eagles squad and they will look to finish the year strong if they are given the green light to get back to playing.

West Point Warriors (9-9-2)

West Point is coming off a big 2019 season and they got off to another strong start this year, going 5-1 in its first six games. After cooling off in early March, the Lady Warriors went 3-1 in their next four games and are now 9-9-2 so far this season. Led by Lexi Shadix, Molly Pendley, Gracie Thompson and Carlie Wilkins to name a few, and a good collection of young players, West Point will try to get hot again when the season gets back underway.

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