PREP BASEBALL: West Point handles Addison 9-3; Friday scoring recap

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West Point’s Will Cochran tossed a pair of scoreless innings in the Warriors’ 9-3 win over Addison Friday. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Addison made the short trip up the road to West Point for a Friday afternoon matchup with the Warriors and after plating nine runs in the first two innings, West Point was able to hold onto its lead and cruise to a 9-3 win over the Bulldogs.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead early with an RBI double from Eli Folds and an RBI single into left field from Brody Freeman made it 2-0. Chase Sibley drew a walk with the bases loaded to tack on another run and Isaac Hoffpauir drove a 2-run single into left to make it a 5-0 game. An RBI groundout off the bat of Isaiah Wylie gave West Point a 6-0 lead going into the second inning.

The Warriors continued to add to their lead in the second when Aubry Cleghron drilled an RBI double into center field to make it 7-0 and Freeman kept it going with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 8-0. Carter Thornton stretched the lead to 9-0 with an RBI double into left field and West Point took a commanding lead into the third inning.

After a scoreless third and fourth inning, the Bulldogs were able to plate three runs in the top of the fifth to cut into the lead, but they weren’t able to get any closer than that as the Warriors pulled away to win it 9-3.

Will Cochran earned the win for West Point after tossing two hitless innings and striking out three batters. Freeman finished with a pair of hits and RBIs in the win and Hoffpauir (one hit) drove in a pair of runs as well. Thornton (one RBI) added a pair of hits for the Warriors as well.

Other Friday scores:

Cullman 1 – Clarksville 0 (Baseball)

The ‘Cats were back in action in Tennessee Friday morning and got things started with a low-scoring battle against Clarksville. Hits were hard to come by in this one and both teams scattered them here and there, but neither was able to put any runs on the board until the final frame.

Clarksville led off the top of the seventh with a single and a walk, but a fielder’s choice and a double play got Cullman out of the inning and back to the plate with a chance to win it. Jake Dueland led things off with a bunt single down the first base line and stole second a few pitches later. Cole Robertson was at the plate and reached base on a dropped third strike but an error on the throw from the catcher allowed Dueland to score on the play and give the Bearcats a 1-0 win.

Kaleb Heatherly got the start on the mound and allowed just three hits in six innings of work, striking out five batters in the process. Tucker Apel earned the win after coming on in the seventh inning and helping put away the final three outs, allowing just one hit himself. Jake Dueland led Cullman with a pair of hits in the win and Brennen Norton, Heatherly and Robertson each posted a hit as well.

Cullman 5 – Fort Payne 4 (Softball)

The Lady Bearcats are back on the road competing in Madison this weekend and they extended their win streak with a 5-4 win over Fort Payne in their first game Friday. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first, Cullman’s bats got hot in the bottom half of the inning.

Savannah Davis drove an RBI double into center field to tie the game at 1 and after another double from Emma Claire Wilson, Carlie Burnham blasted a 2-run bomb over the fence in right field to make it a 3-1 game going into the second.

After a scoreless second inning, Fort Payne responded with three runs in the top of the third to retake a 4-3 lead, but the Lady Bearcats had one more big inning in them. After a triple from Davis put a runner in scoring position, Chalea Clemmons homered to left field to put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth and give Cullman a 5-4 lead going into the fifth. The Lady Bearcats secured the final three outs and held on to win it 5-4, extending their win streak to seven games.

Davis led the way with three hits in the win and Burnham finished a pair of hits and RBIs. Clemmons (HR) drove in a pair of runs for Cullman and Faith Guest and Wilson each added a pair of hits as well.

Cullman 13 – James Clemens 1 (Softball)

Cullman kept its win streak alive with another win in Madison Friday night, this time over James Clemens. The Lady Bearcats scored three runs in the top of the first to take an early lead and tacked on nine more in the fourth to begin pulling away and went on to defeat the Lady Jets 13-1.

Emma Claire Wilson blasted a 3-run bomb over the left field wall in the top of the first to give Cullman a 3-0 lead going into the second. After a scoreless second inning, an RBI groundout from Carlie Burnham scored another run and made it a 4-0 game. James Clemens failed to score in the bottom half of the third and in the top of the fourth, the Lady Bearcats began to put the game away.

Back to back RBI doubles from Dayln Phillips and Sarah Herfurth stretched the lead to 6-0 and Haley Shannon laced an RBI triple into right field to make it 7-0. An RBI double off the bat of Savannah Davis drove in Shannon to make it 8-0 and Chalea Clemmons kept the momentum going with a 2-run bomb over the right field wall to give Cullman a 10-0 lead. Faith Guest drilled a 2-run bomb of her own to make it a 12-0 game and another RBI double from Phillips extended the lead to 13-0 going into the bottom half of the inning.

The Lady Jets were able to get a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but it was too little, too late and the Lady Bearcats cruised to a 13-1 win.

Cullman racked up 15 hits in the win, led by Clemmons (two RBIs) with three. Wilson (three RBIs), Phillips (two RBIs), Herfurth (one RBI) and Shannon (one RBI) each posted a pair of hits for the Lady Bearcats as well.

Siegel 5 – Cullman 4 (Baseball)

The Bearcats faced off against Siegel in their second game of the day and led the way 4-3 going into the final frame but Siegel was able to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with a 5-4 win.

Trailing 2-0 going into the fourth inning, the ‘Cats got things going at the plate when Jake Dueland and Zac Edwards drilled back to back RBI doubles to tie the game at 2. A few pitches later, Paxton Ponder drove an RBI single up the middle to give Cullman a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The Bearcats tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly from Hunter Brooks and led 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.

After cutting the lead to one run in the bottom of the fifth, Siegel went back to the plate in the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-3 and used a pair of RBI singles to pull ahead and win it 5-4. Brennen Norton posted three hits for Cullman in the loss. Dueland (one RBI) and Edwards (one RBI) each finished with a pair of hits as well.

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