PREP BASEBALL: Vinemont collects 18-3 win at Holly Pond; Monday scoring recap

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Vinemont’s Will Rhodes barrels up a double during the Eagles’ 18-3 win at Holly Pond Monday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Vinemont Eagles made the short trip over to Holly Pond for a matchup with the Broncos Monday night and went home with a dominant, 18-3 win. Vinemont plated 14 runs in the top of the first to put things away early and tacked on three more runs in the next three innings to put Holly Pond away in just five innings.

The Eagles scored early and often in the opening frame. Will Rhodes was hit by a pitch to reach first base and after stealing second and third during the next at bat, Rhodes scored on a passed ball to take a 1-0 lead. The Broncos struggled to find the strike zone early in the game and after a walk forced in another run to make it 2-0, Collin Teichmiller singled into right field to drive in Ezekiel Olinger and make it a 3-0 game. Keith Slaton and Austin Riddle each scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice to stretch the lead to 5-0 and Techimiller scored on an infield error to make it 6-0.

Back to back singles from Rhodes and Colby Miller drove in another run to make it a 7-0 game and Deacon Samples singled into left field to score Jarrett Friedrich and add to the lead. Rhodes and Miller scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch to extend the lead to 10-0 and Ayden Thomason singled up the middle to drive in Sampled and make it 11-0. Mason McKinney crossed the plate on an error to make it a 12-0 game and After Slaton came home to score on a fielder’s choice, Samples scored on an error to give the Eagles a commanding, 14-0 lead going into the bottom of the first.

Samples took the mound for Vinemont in the bottom half of the inning and struck out two of the three Bronco batters he faced to get the Eagles back in the dugout quickly with the lead intact. Miller led off the top of the second with a walk and three pitches later, Samples doubled into left field to put a pair of runners in scoring position. McKinney singled into left to score Miller and make it a 15-0 game, but Lane Tipton struck out the next batter he faced and got a double play from the infield behind him to get out of the inning.

Samples struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the second on just 10 pitches and his day on the mound would be over after that. Samples earned the win for the Eagles after tossing a pair of hitless innings and striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

Rhodes scored on an RBI single by Slaton to give Vinemont a 16-0 advantage in the top of the third but that was all the Eagles could come up with in the inning. Preston Williams took over on the mound in the bottom of the third and got the Broncos to go down in order once again, sending us to the fourth inning.

Thomason led off the fourth with a single to give the Eagles a base runner and he later came around to score on a fielder’s choice to make it a 17-0 game going into the bottom of the fourth. Holly Pond got a hit on the board when Andy Light singled into left field in the fourth, but a double play stranded a couple of Bronco runners to end the inning and preserve the 17-0 lead for Vinemont.

A bases-loaded walk gave the Eagles another run in the top of the fifth and made it an 18-0 game going in the bottom of the fifth where Holly Pond was finally able to get some runs on the board. After three straight walks loaded up the bases for the Broncos, Tipton drew a walk to bring in Charlie Huddleston and trim the lead to 18-1. John Martin scored on an error to make it an 18-2 game and an RBI single from Light drove in Zach White to cut it to 18-3. Unfortunately for the home crowd, that was all the offense the Broncos were able to generate, and Vinemont held on to collect an 18-3 road win.

Samples, Rhodes and Thomason each posted a pair of hits in the win and Teichmiller and Braden Boner each finished with a pair of RBIs. Light recorded both hits for Holly Pond in the loss and drove in a run as well.

Vinemont will return home to host Cold Springs Friday and the Broncos will look to bounce back against Good Hope Tuesday.

Other local scores:

Fairview 3 – Cold Springs 2 (softball)

The Lady Aggies picked up a tight road win over Cold Springs Monday night thanks in large part to a solid pitching performance from Ayda Payne. Payne earned the win for Fairview after pitching a complete game, allowing just two runs on seven hits and striking out a pair of batters.

After a scoreless first inning, The Lady Aggies took an early lead in the top of the second. Kaitlyn Benson led things off with single and just a few pitches later, Kyleigh Aleman singled up the middle to drive in Benson and make it a 1-0 game. Aleman stole home later in the inning to make it 2-0 going into the bottom of the second.

Payne kept the Lady Eagles off the board in the second and Fairview continued adding to its lead in the third. Savannah Bryson and Deavan Fulmer led off the top of the third with back to back singles and Benson singled up the middle to score Bryson and make it a 3-0 game going into the bottom half of the third.

Kyla Aaron cut into the lead with a solo homerun over the left field fence and after back to back singles from AK Voce and Emma Black, Morgan Chasteen doubled into left field to score Voce and make it a 3-2 game. It became a defensive struggle after that as neither team was able to cross the plate again, securing a 3-2 victory for the Lady Aggies.

Benson led Fairview with two hits and an RBI in the win and Aleman finished with a hit and an RBI as well. Black posted a pair of hits in the loss for Cold Springs and Chasteen and Aaron each finished with RBIs.

Cold Springs 14 – Addison 4 (baseball)

Cold Springs traveled over to Addison for a varsity matchup Monday night and racked up 14 runs to return home with a win. Brodi Williams got the start on the mound and went the distance for the Eagles, tossing five innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and striking out six batters.

Cold Springs began building its lead early in the first when Ayden Alexander scored on an error to make it 1-0 and Williams singled into right field to bring both Roberto Ayala and Brodee Bartlett home to make it 3-0 going into the bottom of the first. A sacrifice fly by Brody Dollar brought Ty Tuggle in to score and cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the first but that was all the Bulldogs could do in the first frame.

After a scoreless second inning, Joshua Winfrey drove an RBI double into left field to stretch the lead to 4-1. A sacrifice fly from Cody Bales allowed Williams to score and extend the Cold Springs lead to 5-1 going into the bottom of the third. Addison was unable to get on the board in the third and the Eagles were able to start pulling away in the top of the fourth.

Bartlett blasted a 2-run triple into center field to stretch the lead to 7-1 and just a few pitches later, Williams drove an RBI single through the infield to give Cold Springs an 8-1 advantage going into the bottom half of the fourth. The Bulldogs were held scoreless in the fourth and Ayala drilled a bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth to make it an 11-1 game. Bartlett homered two pitches later to stretch the lead to 13-1 and an RBI double by Winfrey made it a 14-1 game going into the bottom of the fifth.

Addison managed to get some runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Eagles’ lead or avoid the run rule and Cold Springs headed back home with a 14-4 win.

Bartlett (two hits) led the Eagles with four RBIs in the win and Ayala (one hit) and Williams (three hits) each drove in three runs apiece. Dollar finished with a pair of RBIs for Addison and Will Tuggle and Mac Cagle each posted a pair of hits.

West Point 3 – Curry 2 (baseball)

The Warriors hosted Curry for a low-scoring battle Monday night and took advantage of another stellar performance from Eli Folds on the mound to earn a 3-2 win over the Yellow Jackets. Folds tossed all seven innings for West Point, earning the win after allowing just two runs on two hits and striking out seven.

Isaac Hoffpauir drove a single into left field to score Branson Smith and give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Curry was able to tie it up after scoring on an error in the top of the second.

Neither team was able to score in the next two frames, but Will Cochran put West Point back in front 2-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the third. Cochran scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead and they went into the fourth inning leading by two.

The Yellow Jackets scored in the next inning to cut the lead to 3-2 but with the pressure on, Folds and the West Point defense tightened up and shut Curry down the rest of the way to secure a 3-2 win.

Smith led the Warriors with two hits in the win and Hoffpauir and Cochran each drove in a run for West Point.

New Hope 13 – Hanceville 8 (baseball)

Hanceville squared off against New Hope Monday night and after falling behind 6-0 in the top of the first, the Bulldogs were unable to climb back and fell to the Indians 13-8.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the first, Barrett Hardin singled into center field to drive in Zach Campbell and trim the lead to 6-1 but New Hope was able to get that run back and then some in the top of the second. The Indians plated seven more runs in the second to stretch their lead to 13-1 and the Bulldogs were held scoreless for the next two innings.

Hanceville began chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth, starting when Carson Garrett scored on an error to make it a 13-2 game. Back to back RBI singles from Jake Cornelius and Dylan Twilley tacked on two more runs for the Bulldogs to make it 13-4. Adam Cooper then plated three more runs with a triple into right field that cut the lead to 13-7 and Drew Campbell drove in Cooper with an RBI single to make it a 13-8 game going into the top of the fifth.

The Indians went three up, three down in their half of the fifth but neither team was able to score again the rest of the way and New Hope held on to defeat Hanceville 13-8.

Hardin led the Bulldogs with three hits in the loss and Cooper posted three RBIs.

Priceville 7 – West Point 5 (softball)

The Lady Warriors returned home to take on Priceville Monday night and after taking a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, the Lady Bulldogs plated six runs in the top of the sixth to pull ahead 7-4 and went on to defeat the Lady Warriors 7-5.

An RBI single by Sydney Sellers gave West Point a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but after a pair of scoreless innings, Priceville got the run back in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1. Carlie Wilkins blasted a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth to give the Lady Warriors a 2-1 lead and Braelee Quinn drove in Sellers with an RBI single to make it 3-1. West Point continued to add to its lead when Nikki Tyree ripped an RBI double into right field to make it a 4-1 game going into the sixth.

That’s when the bats got hot for Priceville. The Lady Bulldogs erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth to pull ahead 7-4. An RBI triple by Haley Bearden trimmed the lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh but that was as close as West Point could get and Priceville held on to win it by two on the road.

Sellers (one RBI) led the Lady Warriors with three hits in the loss and Bearden (one RBI), Wilkins (one RBI) and Bethany Minck each finished with a pair of hits.

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