PREP SOFTBALL: Cullman extends win streak with 13-9 comeback win over Boaz; Monday scoring recap

Cullman’s Chalea Clemmons blasts a homerun during the Lady Bearcats’ 13-9 win over Boaz Monday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After going 4-0 at the Times Daily Tournament in Florence last weekend, Cullman returned home to take on Boaz Monday night and extended its win streak to five games with a 13-9 come from behind win over the Lady Pirates. The Lady Bearcats plated three runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead, but Boaz managed to build a 9-3 lead after putting eight runs on the board in the top of the fourth. However, Cullman responded with an eight-run inning of its own in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead and pulled away to collect a 13-9 win.

Haley Shannon got the start in the circle for the Lady Bearcats and after working through a scoreless top of the first, Cullman put runs on the board early in its half of the inning. Chalea Clemmons blasted a solo homerun over the fence in center field and after a pair of walks, Emma Claire Wilson and Carlie Burnham scored on an error to give the Lady Bearcats a 3-0 lead going into the second.

A sacrifice fly got Boaz on the board in the top of the second and cut the lead to 3-1 but the Lady Pirates were able to do real damage in the fourth. A combination of hits and errors allowed Boaz to post eight runs in the top half of the fourth and take a commanding, 9-3 lead but Cullman wasn’t fazed.

A single from Shana Guest and three hit batters allowed the Lady Bearcats to trim the lead to 9-4 early in the bottom of the fifth and they drew three straight walks with the bases loaded to bring the lead all the way down to 9-7. Shannon scored from third on a passed ball to make it a 1-run game and Wilson drove a sacrifice fly into left field to drive in Savannah Davis and tie the game at 9. Faith Guest then gave Cullman a 10-9 lead with an RBI single and Burnham scored on an RBI groundout from Shana Guest to make it 11-9 going into the sixth inning.

An RBI double by Davis stretched the lead to 12-9 in the bottom of the sixth and Shannon scored on another passed ball to make it a 13-9 game going into the final frame. Clemmons and the Lady Bearcats’ defense put out the next three batters they faced and completed the dramatic comeback over Boaz 13-9.

Davis finished with a pair of hits and RBIs in the win and Clemmons (solo HR) drove in a pair of runs as well. Faith Guest (one RBI) added two hits for Cullman and Shana Guest (one hit), Wilson and Taylor Au each posted an RBI.

The Lady Bearcats improve to 11-7 on the season with the win and will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to Lawrence County.

Other local scores:

Danville 4 – West Point 1 (10 innings) (softball)

The Lady Warriors hosted Danville Monday night in what turned out to be a 10-inning duel, but West Point was held to just two hits in the game and the Lady Hawks scored three runs in the top of the 10th to pull away and win it over the Lady Warriors 4-1. Carlie Wilkins threw all 10 innings for West Point, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and striking out 15 Danville batters. She, and Lexi Kimbril posted the only hits for the Lady Warriors in the loss as well.

Vinemont 12 – Fairview 11 (softball)

The Lady Eagles traveled to Fairview for a shootout with the Lady Aggies Monday night and managed to hold off a late rally in the bottom of the seventh to return home with a 12-11 win. Vinemont posted 12 hits in the win, led by McKenna Kline who finished 5 for 5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Berkley Gable (two RBIs) and Brooklyn Knott each posted a pair of hits for the Lady Eagles and Emilie (one hit) drove in a pair of runs as well. Ayda Payne finished with a pair of RBIs for Fairview and Emma Garcia (one RBI) led the way with a pair of hits. Kloie Watson, Deavan Fulmer and Kaitlyn Benson each recorded a hit and an RBI as well.

Hanceville 12 – Holly Pond 2 (baseball)

Holly Pond made the quick trip to Hanceville for a Monday night doubleheader with Bulldogs and with the game tied at 1 going into the second, Hanceville plated 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull ahead 12-1 and cruised to take game one in five innings 12-2. Drew Campbell got the start and the win on the mound, allowing just one run on two hits and striking out six in four innings of work.

Adam Cooper led the way for the Bulldogs at the plate with three hits and three RBIs. Zach Campbell (one hit), Les Fischer (one hit) and Bo Joles (one hit) each drove in a pair of runs in the win as well.

Charlie Huddleston and Andy Light each posted a hit and an RBI for Holly Pond in the loss.

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