PREP BASEBALL: Aggies fall to Danville at home 4-0; local scoring recap

Fairview's Levi Garner finished with two hits in the Aggies' 4-0 loss to Danville. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – After a wet and rainy week across the state, the Fairview Aggies were able to get back on their home diamond Saturday to host the Danville Hawks. Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Aggies weren’t able to generate much offense at the plate and they fell to the Hawks 4-0.

Jack Brown started on the mound for Fairview and the first two Danville hitters reached on a walk and an error before Brown settled down and got out of the early jam. After the Aggies went down in order in the bottom of the first, the Hawks’ leadoff batter reached on a dropped third strike and then a single put runners on first and second with no outs. However, Danville’s next batter flew out to center field and Caden Jennings doubled up the runner at second and a groundout helped Brown get out of the inning unscathed.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when a leadoff triple from Danville later led to the Hakws scoring the first run of the game on a passed ball. Brody Hogeland came in as the new pitcher and got the Aggies out of the inning. A pair of Fairview errors to lead off the fifth proved costly as Danville hit an RBI double and two more runs came across on two more Aggie errors and Fairview found itself down 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Aggies loaded the bases with no outs on three straight walks as they looked to finally crack the scoreboard, but some outs on the base paths left the remaining runners stranded and they went into the sixth still trailing by 4.

Fairview looked for some late heroics once again in its final at-bats. Levi Garner reached on an error to lead off the inning. After a pop out for out number one, Bennett reached on another Danville error and Wright drew a walk to load the bases for Jennings, but he went down swinging. Brown looked to keep Fairview’s chances alive, but was thrown out at first after a dropped third strike and the Aggies’ four game win streak came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Danville.

Other local scores: (Friday, March 19)

Cullman 1 – Hazel Green 0 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats collected a huge win over Hazel Green Friday night and rode a stellar pitching performance from Chalea Clemmons to get it done. Clemmons allowed just two hits and no runs in a 1-0 win and struck out 11 batters. After four scoreless innings, Cullman got the run it needed when Savannah Davis led off the top of the fifth with a double into left field and Carlie Burnham drove her in to score with an RBI single.

Burnham (one hit) posted the only RBI of the game and Haley Shannon led the Lady Bearcats with a pair of hits in the win.

Cullman 2 – Rogers 0 (softball)

Cullman posted another shutout victory in their second game of Friday night and once again it was Chalaea Clemmons’ arm leading the way. Clemmons was just as strong in her second win of the night, allowing just one hit and striking out seven in a 2-0 win. The Lady Bearcats built their lead early by scoring on a fielder’s choice and a passed ball in the bottom of the first and that was all they needed to put away the Lady Pirates.

Emma Claire Wilson was credited with an RBI in the win and Haley Shannon and Clemmons each finished with a hit for Cullman.

Curry 10 – Hanceville 1 (baseball)

The Bulldogs hosted Curry for an area showdown Friday night and outside of one run in the third inning, Hanceville struggled to get anything going offensively most of the night. Zach Campbell crossed the plate on a double steal to make it a 4-1 game going into the fourth inning, but the Yellow Jackets tacked on six more runs in the next four innings to secure a 10-1 road win.

Adam Cooper, Drew Campbell and Barrett Hardin each finished with a hit for Hanceville in the loss.

Cullman 6 – Decatur 1 (baseball)

After starting the area series with a 5-0 win over the Red Raiders at home Tuesday night, the Bearcats headed north to finish the series Friday night and picked up two more wins to complete the sweep, starting with a 6-1 victory in game one. Jake Dueland got the start for Cullman and earned the win after tossing seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out nine batters.

On top of Dueland’s performance on the mound, the ‘Cats plated a pair of runs in the third, fourth and seventh to pull away from Decatur and take game one 6-1. Hayden Stancil posted a pair of hits and RBIs in the in for Cullman. Matt Brock (one RBI) led the game with three hits and Max Dueland (one RBI) finished with a pair of hits as well.

Cullman 9 – Decatur 4 (baseball)

The second game of the night was tied at 3 going into the fourth inning but the bats got hot for Cullman late in the game and the Bearcats were able to pull away and complete the area sweep of Decatur with a 9-4 win. Tucker Apel earned the win after giving up one run on three hits and striking out five in four innings of work.

Max Dueland stayed hot and posted two more hits and two more RBIs in the win. Brennen Norton (one RBI) added a pair of hits and Austin Hurt (one RBI) and Paxton Ponder each finished with two hits for Cullman as well.

Good Hope 13 – J.B. Pennington 4 (baseball)

The Raiders returned were at home Friday night to host J.B. Pennington and after the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Raiders answered with four runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead and pulled away in the fourth and fifth to wrap up a 13-4 win.

Caleb Rusk earned the win on the mound after giving up just two earned runs on six hits and striking out five Pennington batters. Rusk and Paydon Bagwell each posted three hits and three RBIs for Good Hope. Preston Seymore (one hit) drove in a pair of runs in the win and Braxton Marshall and Morgan Cook finished with two hits of their own.

American Christian 13 – West Point 4 (baseball)

The Warriors traveled to take on a talented American Christian Academy team Friday night and after falling behind 4-0 in the second inning, the Patriots tacked on six runs in the third to extend their lead and eventually pulled away to win it 13-4.

Brody Freeman (one RBI) and Chase Sibley each posted a pair of hits in the loss and Branson Smith (one hit) finished with two RBIs. Will Cochran (one hit) and Isaac Hoffpauir added RBIs for West Point as well.

Other local scores: (Saturday, March 20)

Cullman 14 – Trinity Christian 3 (baseball)

The ‘Cats rode a big day at the plate to collect their sixth straight win over Trinity Christian Saturday afternoon by a score of 14-3. Hayden Stancil got the start and the win for Cullman after allowing just one earned run on four hits and striking out six in four innings. Austin Hurt and Hunter Dahlke combined to pitch the rest of the game and gave up a combined one run on three hits in the final three innings.

Brennen Norton had a monster day at the plate, finishing with four hits, including two doubles and a home run, and racking up six RBIs in the win. Stancil added two doubles and a pair of RBIs for the Bearcats and Hunter Brooks (one hit) drove in a pair of runs as well. Matt Brock added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Auburn 2 – Cullman 0 (baseball)

Both aces for Cullman and top-ranked Auburn were on the mound for their Saturday afternoon matchup and hits were tough to come by. After Matt Brock led off the top of the first with a single into left field, the Bearcats couldn’t find another hit the rest of the way and the Tigers were able to get the most out of the hits they found. Jeb Bartle got the start for Cullman and allowed just two runs on five hits but two of those hits were homeruns and it was enough to lift Auburn to a 2-0 win over the ‘Cats.

West Point 5 – Deshler 1 (softball)

The Lady Warriors plated five runs in the first inning to take an early lead over Deshler and thanks in large part to great pitching performances from Sydney Sellers and Braelee Quinn, West Point went on to collect a 5-1 win over the Lady Tigers.

Haley Bearden (triple) drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Warriors and Sellers led the way with a pair of hits. Quinn, Carlie Wilkins and Maci Brown each added a hit and an RBI in the win as well.

West Point – 4 – Hatton 3 (softball)

West Point’s second game of the day ended in dramatic fashion. Hatton managed to tie the game at 3 going into the final frame but Lexi Kimbril was able to put one in play and allow Bailey Brock to score and lift the Lady Warriors to a 4-3, walk-off win.

Carlie Wilkins racked up three RBIs for West Point after blasting a 3-run homer in the bottom of the third and Sydney Sellers and Haley Bearden each added a hit in the win as well.

Hartselle 1 – West Point 0 (softball)

The Lady Warriors narrowly fell in a classic pitcher’s duel with the Lady Tigers of Hartselle in their third game of the day. Carlie Wilkins got the start for West Point and allowed just one hit in the game, but it was a solo home run in the third inning that put Hartselle ahead 1-0. That ended up being all Hartselle needed to earn the win as Lady Tigers’ pitcher Zoey Crawford allowed zero hits from the Lady Warriors. Both teams combined for just one hit in the game.

Curry 9 – West Point 6 (softball)

The Lady Warriors led the way 2-1 going into the fourth against Curry but the Lady Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the top half of the inning to pull ahead 6-2. West Point responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up at 6 but Curry plated three more runs in the fifth to move back in front and held on to defeat the Lady Warriors 9-6. Braelee Quinn (one hit) posted three RBIs in the loss and Brindlee Phillips added a pair of hits and RBIs to go along with a homerun. Sydney Sellers finished with a pair of hits for West Point and Carlie Wilkins tacked on a hit and an RBI as well.

Cullman 4 – Wilson 0 (softball)

The Lady Bearcats recorded yet another shutout victory Saturday afternoon, holding Wilson to just two hits in a 4-0 win. Emma Claire Wilson got the start and allowed no runs on just two hits for Cullman and Chalea Clemmons came on to get the final three outs and wrap up the win. The game was scoreless most of the way until the Lady Bearcats plated four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull away.

Clemmons blasted a 2-run homerun in the win and Wilson and Taylor Au each added a hit for Cullman as well.

Cullman 7 – Athens 1 (softball)

Cullman’s phenomenal weekend in Florence was capped off with a 7-1 win over top-ranked Athens Saturday night and Chalea Clemmons was back on the mound to help earn the win. Clemmons allowed just one run on three hits and struck out seven for the Lady Bearcats.

Clemmons also homered in the win and finished with a pair of RBIs. Savannah Davis blasted a homerun of her own, posting a pair of hits and three RBIs for Cullman and Carlie Burnham led the game with three hits. Emma Claire Wilson (one RBI) added a pair of hits as well.

J.B. Pennington 7 – Holly Pond 6 (baseball)

The Broncos were back in action Saturday to host J.B. Pennington for a Saturday doubleheader and after building a lead late in game one, the Tigers were able to rally and score four runs in the top of the seventh to edge Holly Pond 7-6 in game one.

Thomas Bell (one hit) drove in two runs for the Broncos and Andy Light (one RBI) led the way with two hits in the loss. Seth Whiting and John Martin each posted a hit and an RBI for Holly Pond as well.

J.B. Pennington 10 – Holly Pond 8 (baseball)

The Tigers and Broncos went down to the wire once again in their second matchup of the day and unfortunately for Holly Pond, it was the Tigers that once again scored late to pull away and win it. The game was tied at 6 going into the seventh inning but J.B. Pennington was able plate four runs in the top of the inning to build a 4-run lead. The Broncos were able to put a couple runs on the board and cut into the lead but couldn’t rally all the way from behind and fell in game two 10-8.

Seth Whiting led the way with three hits and two RBIs in the loss. Charlie Huddleston added a pair of hits and Andrew Bell (one hit) and Thomas Bell (one hit) each finished with an RBI.

Good Hope 18 – Meek 0 (baseball)

The Raiders collected a dominant, 18-0 road win at Meek Saturday afternoon and Cody Estill earned the win after allowing no runs on five hits and striking out three Tigers. Good Hope led the way 8-0 going into the fifth and tacked on 10 runs in the top half of the inning to end things early after five.  

Caleb Rusk (two hits) racked up five RBIs for the Raiders. Lane Speegle (one hit), Morgan Cook (one hit) and Landon Piper (one hit) each posted a pair of RBIs in the win.

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