PREP BASEBALL: Aggies pull away from Hanceville 19-6; Tuesday scoring recap

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Fairview’s Crimson Wright finished with a pair of hits in the Aggies’ 19-6 win at Hanceville Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Fairview traveled to Hanceville for a Tuesday night showdown with the Bulldogs and hung 19 runs on the scoreboard on the way to a 19-6 road victory. Bryceson Turner got the start and the win on the mound for the Aggies after tossing three innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five Bulldogs.

Hanceville struck first in the bottom half of the opening inning when Barrett Hardin singled into right field and drove in Zach Campbell to take a 1-0 lead. However, Fairview responded in the top of the second and after taking the lead, the Aggies never gave it back the rest of the way.

A perfectly-placed bunt single by Jack Brown allowed Tanner Bennett to score and tie things up at 1 and Crimson Wright came home on the ensuing throw to make it a 2-1 game. Brody Hogeland kept the inning going with an RBI double into right field that stretched the lead to 3-1 and Dalton Payne drove a sacrifice fly deep into right field to score Brown and make it 4-1 going into the bottom of the second.

Fairview added to its lead in the top of the third when Bennett scored on a passed ball and just a few pitches later, Preston Ryan drove a 2-run single into right field to make it a 7-1 game. The Aggies tacked on two more runs before the end of the inning when Hogeland scored on a wild pitch and Ryan successfully stole home on a double steal play, making it 9-1 going into the bottom of the inning. Drew Campbell drilled an RBI double for the Bulldogs to trim the lead to 9-2 but that was all they could get on the board in the bottom of the third.

Fairview continued pulling away in its half of the fourth. Turner and Wright each crossed the plate on an error and a wild pitch to extend the lead to 11-2 and Caden Jennings scored on a passed ball to give the Aggies a 10-run lead. After Hogeland later scored on another passed ball, Payne ripped a double into center field to drive in Ryan and build the lead to 14-2 going into the bottom of the fourth.

An RBI double off the bat of Dylan Twilley and a sacrifice fly from Campbell cut the Fairview lead to 14-4 in the fourth and just a few pitches later, Adam Cooper put an RBI double into right field to make it a 14-5 game going into the fifth. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Aggies continued to put runs on the board. An RBI double from Bennett and back to back RBI singles from Payne and Levi Garner helped Fairview plate five more runs in the top of the fifth and Hanceville was unable to overcome the lead in the bottom half of the inning, falling at home 19-6.

Turner and Ryan (two RBIs) each recorded three hits in the win and Payne (two hits) led the Aggies with three RBIs. Hogeland (one RBI) and Wright each added a pair of hits as well. Hardin racked up three hits and three RBIs for the Bulldogs in the loss and Cooper (one RBI) added a pair of hits as well.

Fairview and Hanceville will see each other again Thursday night for a doubleheader at Fairview.

Other local scores:

Good Hope 22 – Holly Pond 21 (baseball) (11 innings)

The Raiders and Broncos clashed in a back and forth, 11 inning thriller Tuesday night in which both teams combined to score 43 runs. After a long, dramatic game full of momentum shifts and lead changes, Good Hope held off one last Holly Pond rally in the bottom of the 11th to capture a well-earned 22-21 road win.

An RBI single by Lane Speegle and a 2-run double off the bat of Paydon Bagwell gave the Raiders a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the first. An RBI single from Preston Seymore made it 4-0 in the top of the second and after a scoreless third inning, Good Hope tacked on three more runs in the fourth to build a 7-0 advantage.

However, the Broncos weren’t ready to lay down and a bases-loaded walk, followed by a 2-run double by Hunter Farr cut the lead to 7-3. Two pitches later, Thomas Bell brought Lane Tipton home to score with a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-4 game going into the fifth inning. Holly Pond managed to put up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and the score was knotted at 7 going into the sixth inning.

The Raiders answered with four runs in their half of the sixth, thanks in part to an RBI single from Bagwell and a 2-run double off the bat of Lawton Farr that made it an 11-7 game. The Broncos cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-9 and they were able to tie things up in the bottom of the seventh when Landan Taylor scored on a passed ball and Farr drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly, sending the game to the eighth inning.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Good Hope tacked on five runs in the top of the ninth to retake the lead. However, the contest would continue after Holly Pond scored five runs of its own in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game to the 10th inning. After a scoreless 10th frame, An RBI double from Farr followed by a passed ball gave the Raiders an 18-16 lead in the top of the 11th. A few pitches later, Caleb Rusk ripped a 2-run triple into center field to stretch the lead to 20-16 and Rusk crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice to make it a 21-16 game. An RBI single by Morgan Cook gave the Raiders one more run before the end of the inning and made it 22-16 going into the bottom of the 11th.

The Broncos had another miraculous inning in them and thanks to a pair of walks, a fielder’s choice, a passed ball and an RBI single off the bat of Zach White brough Holly Pond within one run of the lead but a lineout to the shortstop ended the marathon after 11 innings with Good Hope on top 22-21. Bagwell (four RBIs) and Speegle (three RBIs) both racked up five hits in the win. Farr finished with four hits and four RBIs and Rusk (two RBIs) added three hits of his own for the Raiders. Farr (two hits) led the game with five RBIs for the Broncos and Charlie Huddleston (two RBIs) posted three hits. Bell (one RBI), Seth Whiting (one RBI) and John Martin (one RBI) each added a pair of hits in the loss.

Hartselle 12 – Cullman 3 (softball)

It took a few innings for the Lady Bearcats to get the bats going against Hartselle, but they managed to put some runs on the board and tie the game at 3 in the top of the fourth. However, the Lady Tigers found their own rhythm on offense after that and plated five runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth to pull away and defeat Cullman 12-3.

Taylor Au (one hit), Olivia Britton and Shana Guest (one hit) each collected an RBI in the loss. Haley Shannon, Chalea Clemmons, Faith Guest and Emma Claire Wilson added hits for the Lady Bearcats as well.

Homewood 8 – Cullman 4 (baseball)

The ‘Cats took an early lead in the top of the first when Brennen Norton blasted a solo homer over the left field fence to make it 1-0 but Homewood bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. The bats went cold for Cullman over the next few innings and the Patriots were able to build a commanding, 8-1 lead going into the fifth inning.

A pair of sacrifice flys from Paxton Ponder and Hayden Stancil, along with a bases-loaded walk, put three runs on the board for the Bearcats in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Homewood lead and Cullman fell on the road 8-4.

Norton (solo HR) led the ‘Cats with two hits in the loss. Stancil (one hit), Ponder and Kaleb Heatherly each posted RBIs for Cullman as well.

West Point 4 – Priceville 2 (softball) (8 innings)

After falling behind 2-0 in the bottom of the first, the Lady Warriors scored once in top of the third to cut into the lead and once again in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 2. Seven innings weren’t enough to settle things but in the top half of the eighth, Ella Minck brought Lexi Shadix home with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 and Brindlee Phillips doubled into left field to score Carlie Wilkins and give West Point a 4-2 lead. Wilkins and the Lady Warriors got the final three outs they needed in the bottom half of the inning and left Lawrence County with a big, 4-2 win.

Shadix and Sydney Sellers each posted a pair of hits for West Point in the win while Phillips and Lexi Kimbril each added an RBI. Wilkins got the win for the Lady Warriors after pitching all eight innings, allowing just two runs on two hits and racking up 16 strikeouts.

Brewer 15 – Fairview 0 (softball)

The Lady Aggies had their hands full when they traveled to Brewer Tuesday night. Kyleigh Aleman recorded the only hit of the game for Fairview and the Lady Patriots scored early and often to secure a 15-0 win.

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