PREP BASEBALL: Aggies top Foley 7-6 in extra innings; Tuesday scoring recap

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GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Aggies are one of several local teams competing in Gulf Shores this week and they spent the afternoon Tuesday locked in a tight battle with the Foley Lions. Foley was in control for a large portion of the game, but Fairview plated five runs in the final three innings to come back and take an extra innings thriller over the Lions 7-6.

An error allowed the Aggies to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Foley answered with a pair of runs in its half of the inning to make it a 2-1 game going into the second. An RBI single off the bat of Brody Hogeland drove in Parker Martin and tied the game at 2 in the top of the third but the Lions scored three more in the bottom of the inning to retake a 5-2 lead going into the fourth.

Foley added another run in the fourth to stretch the lead to 6-2 but the Aggies responded in the top of the sixth. Martin drove a double into center field to bring Crimson Wright and Jack Brown across the plate and cut the lead to 6-4. A few pitches later, Martin scored on an error and Fairview trailed by just one going into the bottom half of the sixth. Once the Aggies were back on offense in the top of the seventh, Levi Garner blasted a solo homerun over the right field wall to tie the game at 6. Fairview kept the Lions off the board in their half of the inning and forced extras.

The Aggies stayed hot in the eighth, pulling ahead 7-6 when Dalton Payne drove in Hogeland with an RBI single. Foley managed to move a runner all the way to third in the bottom of the eighth but wasn’t able to get him all the way home and Fairview held on to collect a big, 7-6 win.

Martin posted three hits and two RBIs for the Aggies and Hogeland (one RBI), Bryceson Turner and Caden Jennings each finished with a pair of hits as well. Fairview will be back on the field Wednesday to take on McGill-Toolen.

Other local scores:

West Point 2 – Belgreen 0 (softball)

The Lady Warriors were back in action at the Gulf Shores Classic Tuesday morning and in their second game of the day, Braelee Quinn and Carlie Wilkins combined to allow just one hit in a 2-0 win over Belgreen. Quinn got the start for West Point and worked through four innings on just 31 pitches, allowing one hit and striking out a pair of batters. Wilkins came on to pitch the final inning and gave up no hits to polish off the win.

The Lady Warriors struck early when Sydney Sellers doubled into center field to drive in Lexi Shadix and take a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, Wilkins laced an RBI single into right field to score Bethany Minck and make it a 2-0 game.

Neither team was able to get on the board the rest of the way and the combined effort of Quinn and Wilkins on the mound carried West Point to a 2-0 win. Sellers and Wilkins each posted a hit and an RBI in the win and Minck added a hit for the Lady Warriors as well.

West Point 7 – Cottage Hill Christian Academy 4 (baseball)

After waiting through rain delays most of the afternoon, the Warriors were finally able to get back on the field in Gulf Shores Tuesday night for a battle with the Warriors of Cottage Hill Christian Academy. West Point jumped out to an early lead in the opening frame and after a big fourth inning from Cottage Hill, the Warriors bounced back with four runs in the final three innings to collect a 7-4 win.

An RBI single by Aubry Cleghorn gave West Point a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and Eli Folds scored on an error just a few pitches later to make it 2-0. Carter Thornton then drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring Cleghorn across the plate and make it a 3-0 game going into the second inning.

After a scoreless second and third inning, Cottage Hill was able to string some hits together in the top of the fourth and pull ahead to take a 4-3 lead, but West Point responded in its half of the inning. Will Cochran laced an RBI single up the middle to drive in Branson Smith and Folds and put the Warriors back in front 5-4. Neither team was able t put runs on the board in the fifth, but in the bottom of the sixth, West Point added to its lead with another RBI single from Cleghorn and an RBI double by Brody Freeman that made it a 7-4 game.

Cottage Hill went three up, three down in the top of the seventh and West Point wrapped up a 7-4 win. Cleghorn posted three hits and drove in a pair of runs in the win. Folds finished with three hits as well and Freeman (one RBI) and Smith each added a pair of hits for the Warriors.

Athens 8 – West Point 1 (softball)

The Lady Warriors fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first, but they responded right away in the bottom half of the inning. After singles from Bethany Minck and Carlie Wilkins gave West Point a pair of base runners, Minck crossed the plate on a double steal play and tied the game at 1 going into the second.

After a scoreless second inning, Athens plated five runs in the top of the third to take a 6-1 lead and tacked on three more in the fourth to put things out of reach for the Lady Warriors and secure an 8-1 win.

Minck, Wilkins and Kylee Quinn each posted hits for West Point in the loss.

Locust Fork 5 – Good Hope 3 (baseball)

Good Hope hit the road for a matchup with Locust Fork Tuesday night and despite a solid effort from the Raiders, the Hornets were able to pull ahead in the fifth inning and hold on to win it 5-3.

Good Hope got on the board in the top of the first when Paydon Bagwell drove a single left field and brought Preston Seymore across the plate to take a 1-0 lead. Locust Fork managed to tie the game in the bottom of the first and after a scoreless second and third inning, the Hornets tacked on another run in the fourth to make it a 2-1 game. The Raiders struck back in the top of the fifth when they led off the inning with back to back doubles from Lane Speegle and Morgan Cook to tie the game at 2. A sacrifice fly from Braxton Marshall allowed another run to cross the plate and gave Good Hope a 3-2 lead going into the bottom half of the fifth.

Locust Fork was able to plate three runs in the bottom half of the fifth and the Raiders threatened to tie the game in the top of the seventh but ultimately couldn’t get any more runs on the board and fell to the Hornets on the road 5-3.

Cook, Marshall and Bagwell each posted a hit and an RBI for Good Hope in the loss and Speegle and Travis Brock each added a pair of hits as well.

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