PREP SOFTBALL: Lady Warriors capture 7th straight county title

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The West Point Lady Warriors topped Holly Pond 15-0 to win this year’s Cullman County Tournament Championship Game. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT, Ala. – For the seventh consecutive season, the West Point Lady Warriors are your Cullman County Tournament champions. The Lady Warriors knocked off Cold Springs, Good Hope and eventually Holly Pond in the championship game on the way to this year’s county title. Carlie Wilkins got the start and the win against the Lady Broncos after allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters in the 15-0, three inning win.

West Point scored early and often in Tuesday night’s title game. An RBI single from Lexi Shadix drove in Bethany Minck to make it 1-0 in the first and Brindlee Phillips laced an RBI double into left field to bring home Shadix and make it 2-0. The Lady Warriors stretched their lead to 3-0 going into the second after Kaci Minck crossed the plate on an error.

West Point continued adding to its lead in the second, pulling ahead 4-0 after Bethany Minck drove an RBI double into center field. Lexi Kimbril scored on a passed ball to tack on another run and a few pitches later, Wilkins ripped an RBI double into right field to put two more runs on the board and make it a 7-0 game. That’s when Sydney Sellers blasted a homerun over the left-center field fence and gave the Lady Warriors an 8-0 advantage going into the third inning.

Wilkins struck out the next three batters she faced and West Point went right back to work on offense. An RBI double off the bat of Kimbril drove in Nikki Tyree to extend the lead to 9-0 and three straight walks loaded up the bases for Wilkins. Wilkins swung at the first pitch she saw and drilled a bases-clearing triple into right field to make it a 12-0 game. Wilkins scored on a passed ball a couple pitches later and a bases-loaded walk later in the inning made it 14-0. Kimbril returned to the play with a chance to end things early and she punched an RBI single through the infield to drive in Braelee Quinn and secure a 15-0 win and a county title for the Lady Warriors.

Wilkins got the win on the mound and racked up five RBIs at the plate on two hits. Kimbril (two hits) and Sellers (HR) each drove in a pair of runs and Minck, Shadix and Phillips each posed a hit and an RBI for West Point as well.

2021 Cullman County Softball All-Tournament Team

Brittney Dearing, Hanceville

Morgan Chasteen, Cold Springs

AK Voce, Cold Springs

Mackenzie Lawrence, Vinemont

McKenna Kline, Vinemont

Kyleigh Aleman, Fairview

Emma Garcia, Fairview

Rebekah Norris, Good Hope

Mattie Early, Holly Pond

Kaylee Stallings, Holly Pond

Samantha Giles, Holly Pond

Taylor Simmons, Holly Pond

Carlie Wilkins, West Point

Sydney Sellers, West Point

Bethany Minck, West Point

Lexi Shadix, West Point

West Point 12 – Good Hope 2 (Winners bracket)

West Point got Tuesday started with a 12-2 win over the Lady Raiders. After a scoreless first inning, the Lady Warriors scored a pair of runs in the second and tacked on eight more in the third to pull ahead 10-0. Both teams scored a run in each of the next two innings, allowing West Point to wrap up a 12-2 win in five innings.

Bethany Minck (two hits) and Nikki Tyree (two hits) each drove in three runs in the win. Maci Brown (one hit) finished with a pair of RBIs, Lexi Shadix added two hits and Carlie Wilkins (one hit) and Sydney Sellers (one hit) each posted an RBI as well.

Rebekah Norris posted two hits and drove in a run for Good Hope in the loss.

Holly Pond 10 – Fairview 5 (Losers bracket)

The Lady Broncos took an early lead in their elimination game with Lady Aggies Tuesday and plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead for good and defeat Fairview 10-5. Holly Pond led the way 5-2 after the first two innings and after the Lady Aggies trimmed the lead to 5-4 going into the sixth, the Lady Broncos strung some hits together and took advantage of some errors to put five more runs on the board and secure a 10-5 win to advance.

Kaylee Stalling (two hits) posted three RBIs in the win. Samantha Giles (one hit) and Bai Widner (one hit) each drove in a run as well. Kloie Watson led the way for Fairview with three hits and two RBIs in the loss.

Holly Pond 11 – Good Hope 5 (Losers bracket)

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