FAIRVIEW, Ala. – Fairview hosted Hanceville for a varsity a doubleheader Thursday night in a rematch from Tuesday night’s meeting in Hanceville. Both games were decided in the final inning and both times, the Aggies came up with the wins as they swept the Bulldogs 10-9 and 18-17 in a pair of wild, back-and-forth affairs.
Fairview 10 – Hanceville 9 (Game One)
Hanceville struck first in its opening at-bats. Zach Campbell drew a leadoff walk; he later stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. But Fairview countered in their half. Two straight singles by Preston Ryan and Dalton Payne, plus a hit by pitch, loaded the bases for Bryceson Turner, who lined an RBI single to center field to tie the game up at one. Gannon Black gave the Aggies a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Fairview loaded the bases once again in the bottom of the second and Levi Garner hit a two-run single to center, then one batter later, Black lined an RBI single to left field. Garner later scored on an error and Crimson Wright added an RBI single of his own as the Aggies stretched its lead to 7-1 going into the top of the third.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs loaded up the bases on three walks and a Fairview error allowed Drew Campbell and Damon Hackney to score to trim the deficit to four at 7-3. Dylan Twilley hit a two-run single, and Zach Campbell followed that up with an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Fairview added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Lucas West and another one in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Payne and the Aggies would go into the top of the seventh up by three runs.
Twilley drew a one-out walk and an Aggie error allowed him to score. After Zach Campbell advanced to second on the error, he moved up to third on a balk and Adam Cooper lined an RBI double to left-center field to make it a one-run game. An RBI fielder’s choice by Barrett Hardin tied the game up at nine. Fairview would have a chance to win it in its final at-bat. A one-out double by Payne put the winning run at second with one out. One out later, Tanner Bennett came up with the clutch hit late as he hit an RBI single to right field as the Aggies went on to win late game one of the doubleheader, 10-9.
Garner and Black each finished with two hits and two RBIs for Fairview. Wright collected three hits and an RBI. Turner and Bennett each added a hit and an RBI. Payne finished with two hits and an RBI and West added an RBI as well. For Hanceville, Twilley finished with a hit and two RBIs. Carson Garrett added a pair of RBIs in the game. Cooper and Zach Campbell each added a hit and an RBI and Hardin ended up with an RBI in the contest.
Fairview 18 – Hanceville 17 (Game Two)
In game two, Fairview struck first in its opening at-bats as Payne hit a sacrifice fly and Garner scored on an error to make it 2-0. Hanceville countered in the top of the second as Hackney hit an RBI single. He, along with Logan Guthery, later scored on an Aggie error to make it 3-2. This wouldn’t be the last time that these two teams would trade leads in the contest as Fairview plated four runs in their half, with three of those runs coming across on a pair of Hanceville errors, and Preston Ryan drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Bulldogs scored nine runs in the top of the third, with the big hits coming from Hardin (two-run single) and Bo Joles (two-run double), as they took a 12-6 lead into the fourth inning. Hanceville added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Cooper, but Fairview scored seven runs in their half on only one hit and a wild pitch with two outs tied the game up at 13. Caden Jennings broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning for Fairview as he hit an RBI single, and Bennett scored on a passed ball. A suicide squeeze play by Jack Brown allowed Jennings and Wright to score to make it a 17-13 game. After Hanceville made it 17-15 in the top of the sixth inning, they tied it up once again in the top of the seventh with two outs as Cooper lined a two-run double to left field.
But Fairview looked to win in dramatic fashion for the second time today. Black drew a leadoff walk and Wright provided the heroics for the Aggies as he hit an RBI double to give them a huge 18-17 win at home and a sweep of Hanceville. They ended up going 3-0 against the Bulldogs during the week.
Garner led Fairview (5-7) with two hits and four RBIs. Brody Hogeland added two hits and three RBIs. Wright and Turner each collected a hit and an RBI. Brown finished with two RBIs and Payne added an RBI as well. For Hanceville (1-10), Cooper finished with two hits and four RBIs. Joles added three hits and three RBIs. Zach Campbell ended up with two hits and three RBIs. Hardin added a hit and two RBIs. Hackney collected two hits and an RBI. Drew Campbell finished with two hits and an RBI and Guthery added an RBI.
Fairview will look to make it four in a row on Saturday as they will host Locust Fork, while Hanceville will look to bounce back on the road on Saturday against East Lawrence and Southeastern.
Other local scores:
Cullman 16 – Gardendale 3 (Softball)
After falling to Hartselle, Cullman looked to quickly rebound at Gardendale, and they would do just that as huge games from Savannah Davis and Chalea Clemmons helped them pick up a huge win on the road.
The Lady Bearcats put up eight runs in the top of the second inning as they got RBI hits from Taylor Au, Davis, Emma Wilson, and Carlie Burnham. Burnham scored on a passed ball to make it 8-0. After Gardendale made it 8-3, Cullman added on to its lead as Faith Guest scored on an error in the fifth and Clemmons hit the first of her two home runs in the top of the sixth. The Lady Bearcats added two more runs in the inning to make it 12-3 and Cullman would go on to win the game going away, 16-3.
Clemmons finished with three hits and four RBIs for Cullman (6-6). Davis added three hits and three RBIs. Burnham collected three hits and a pair of RBIs. Au and Wilson each added a pair of hits and an RBI. Sarah Herfurth collected an RBI in the contest as well. Clemmons dominated on the mound as well, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing just seven hits and two earned runs, walking two and striking out ten. The Lady Bearcats will travel home to take on Austin on Monday.
Dora 20 – Good Hope 5 (baseball)
After winning a thriller in extra innings against Holly Pond, Good Hope looked to keep up the momentum at home against Dora. Unfortunately, after getting off to an early lead, the Raiders lost the lead as Dora dominated from the fourth inning on as Good Hope were on the wrong end of a 20-5 rout at the hands of the Bulldogs.
Good Hope got on the scoreboard first in a big way as Morgan Cook hit an RBI single, Paydon Bagwell drew a bases-loaded walk, and Landon Piper hit a two-run single to give the Raiders an early 4-0 lead after one. Good Hope made it 5-1 in the bottom of the third inning as Caleb Rusk got hit by the pitch with the bases loaded, but that would be the last run that they would score in the contest as Dora lit up the scoreboard for 19 runs in the final four innings. The Raiders would go on to drop the game, 20-5.
Piper finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for Good Hope (4-5). Cook added a pair of hits and an RBI. Bagwell collected a hit, and an RBI and Rusk added an RBI as well. The Raiders will look to bounce back on Saturday as they will host Cleveland.
West Point 12 – Jasper 7 (softball)
After falling behind Jasper 6-2 in the bottom of the third, the Lady Warriors exploded for 10 runs over the next three innings and wound up pulling away to defeat the Lady Vikings on the road 12-7.
Carlie Wilkins was 4 for 4 at the plate in the win for West Point and drove in three runs. Bethany Minck (one RBI) and Lexi Shadix (one RBI) each added a pair of hits as well. The Lady Warriors improve to 5-7-2 with the win and will return home to take on Brewer Monday night.
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