PREP SOFTBALL: Cold Springs drops nail-biter to Jasper; Thursday scoring recap

Cold Springs' Ciara Calvert collected two hits and she also reached on an error in the Lady Eagles' 5-4 loss to Jasper. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. — The Cold Springs Lady Eagles hosted Jasper for their home opener Thursday night and unfortunately for the home crowd, they dropped a heartbreaker to the Lady Vikings 5-4.

Cold Springs starter Emma Black got the first two outs of the game and after allowing the next two batters to reach base, she got a strikeout to get out of the inning unscathed. Kyla Aaron hit a leadoff double for the Lady Eagles and Anna Katherine Voce drew a walk, then with one out, Morgan Chasteen hit an RBI single to put Cold Springs on the scoreboard first.

Black retired the side in order in the top of the second and the Lady Eagles added to their early lead in their half. Toni West reached on an infield single and Ciara Calvert reached on a throwing error. After Heidi Nichols popped out, Rachel Pearl lined an RBI single to right field to give Cold Springs a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Aaron and Voce looked to help plate the third Lady Eagle run of the game, but Pearl got thrown out at home to end the inning.

The score stayed the same until the top of the fifth inning, when Jasper hit a two-run homer and later on, an RBI double to give them a 3-2 lead, but Black quickly settled down and got back-to-back flyouts to West to get out of the inning. The top of the seventh saw new pitcher A.K. Voce get into some trouble early on as she allowed an infield single and a double to the first two batters, then she got a groundout for out number one. The next batter grounded out to Chasteen for out number two and a throwing error plated two Lady Viking runs as the Lady Eagles went into their final at-bats down, 5-2.

Black drew a one-out walk and then Chasteen reached on an infield single. Shay Sellers reached on a force out for the second out and West kept the inning alive for the Lady Eagles as she hit a two-run single to right field to trim the deficit to one at 5-4. Calvert went down looking for the final out as Cold Springs dropped a heartbreaker in its season opener to Jasper, 5-4.

West finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for Cold Springs (0-1). Chasteen added a pair of hits and an RBI. Pearl ended up with a hit and an RBI. Aaron and Calvert each chipped in with a pair of hits. The Lady Eagles will host Fairview on Monday.

Muscle Shoals 9 – Cullman 8 (Softball)

Cullman looked to get a huge win on the road at Muscle Shoals and they got off to a quick start as Savannah Davis hit an RBI double and she later scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Bearcats an early 2-0 lead. But Muscle Shoals got the lead in the bottom of the third and they later stretched it out to 7-3 after four innings.

But Cullman looked to come back late, and they started it in the fifth inning. Haley Shannon hit a one-out single and then with two outs, Chalea Clemmons hit a two-run home run to make it 7-5. Emma Wilson got hit by the pitch and Carlie Burnham hit an RBI triple to right field to make it a one-run game. The Lady Trojans added a run in the next two innings to push the Cullman deficit to 9-6 going into the top of the seventh. 

Davis hit a leadoff single and with one out, Wilson reached on an infield single. One out later, Faith Guest kept the Lady Bearcats’ chances alive as she lined a two-run double to left field to trim the deficit to one run again, but Shana Guest filed out to end the game and Cullman falls just one run at the end, 9-8.

Clemmons and Faith Guest each finished with a hit and a pair of RBIs for Cullman (2-4). Davis, Burnham, and Shana Guest each added a pair of hits and an RBI in the game. Shannon finished with three hits in the contest. The Lady Bearcats will travel to take on Hartselle on Tuesday.

Good Hope 12 – Meek 0 (Baseball)

Good Hope got an amazing pitching performance from Braxton Marshall and the offense goes off for 12 runs as they shut out Meek at home.

The Raiders quickly got its offense going early as Caleb Rusk and Peyton Seymore reached on a walk and a single, respectively, and a suicide squeeze play by Lane Speegle gave Good Hope an early 1-0 lead. They later loaded the bases and Landon Piper hit an RBI single and Lawton Farr later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 after one. Marshall added an RBI single in the bottom of the second to make it a four-run game. A Rusk RBI double, a Seymore RBI groundout and a two-run single by Marshall broke the game wide open as Good Hope stretched its lead out to 8-0 after three innings.

A pair of two-run singles by Rusk and Morgan Cook made it a 12-0 contest in the fourth and that was more than enough run support for Marshall, who dominated Meek from the word go as he allowed just four base runners all game and the Raiders went on to shut out the Tigers, 12-0.

Rusk and Marshall each collected a pair of hits and three RBIs for Good Hope (3-2). Cook added a hit and two RBIs. Piper ended up with a pair of hits and an RBI. Seymore and Speegle each collected a hit and an RBI in the game as well. Marshall went the distance, allowing just one hit, walking three, and striking out eight. The Raiders will host Fultondale on Saturday afternoon.

Holly Pond 10 – Asbury 5 (baseball)

Holly Pond looked to get its first win of the season as they hosted Asbury. A huge fourth inning by the Broncos helped them get that first win of 2021 as they rolled past Asbury. 

Asbury put up three runs in the top of the third to give them a 3-0 lead. After being shut down for the first three innings, Holly Pond exploded offensively in the fourth. Three straight singles loaded the bases for John Martin, who drew a walk to make it 3-1. Landan Taylor then hit a one-out RBI single and that was followed by a bases-loaded walk by Levi Farr. Hunter Farr hit an RBI single and the big blow came from Andy Light, who hit a three-run double to right field. Charlie Huddleston added an RBI double and when the inning finally concluded, the Broncos went from being down 3-0 to being up 8-3.

Holly Pond added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Hunter Farr scored on a wild pitch and Seth Widing scored on a passed ball to make it a 10-4 game and they went on to take the game, 10-5. Light led the way for Holly Pond (1-3) with two hits and three RBIs. Huddleston added three hits and an RBI. Hunter Farr and Taylor each collected a hit and an RBI. Martin and Levi Farr each added an RBI in the game as well. Levi Farr went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just six hits and five runs, only three of them were earned, walking just one and striking out seven. The Broncos will host Vinemont on Monday.

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