PREP SOCCER: Lady Bearcats fall to top-ranked Huntsville 2-0; Wednesday scoring recap

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Cullman’s Gracie Barksdale collects a save during the Lady Bearcats’ 2-0 loss to Huntsville Wednesday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After defeating Grissom on the road 2-1 Monday night, the Cullman Lady Bearcats returned home to Oliver Woodard Stadium for a ranked battle with Huntsville and after a scoreless first half, the Lady Panthers were able to net a pair of late goals to pull ahead and defeat Cullman 2-0.

The Lady Bearcats made a push early when Jeta Falcon ripped a goal into the back right corner of the net but an offsides call took the goal off the board and left the game scoreless at halftime. Huntsville was the first team to get on the board and took a 1-0 lead with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game. An offsides call wiped out another Lady Panthers goal but they managed to get one more in the back of the net with just under three minutes left on the clock to complete a 2-0 win over Cullman.

The Lady Bearcats will look to bounce back from the loss next Monday night when they host an area matchup against the Hartselle Lady Tigers.

Other Wednesday scores:

Vinemont 2 – East Lawrence 1 (8 innings) (Baseball)

The Eagles dropped their first area game with East Lawrence at home 14-10 Tuesday, but Vinemont bounced back with a 2-1 win in game two Wednesday. Mason McKinney earned the win on the mound after going 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out seven batters. After East Lawrence took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, McKinney kept them off the board for the next six and a third innings before Preston Williams came on to secure the final two outs.

Trailing 1-0 going in the top of the sixth, Vinemont tied the game when Austin Riddle drove an RBI double into left field. After a scoreless seventh inning, they went to the top of the eighth where Collin Teichmiller ripped an RBI single up the middle to put the Eagles in front 2-1 and three outs away from an area win. Vinemont collected the final three outs to secure a 2-1 win and tied the series with East Lawrence with one more game to play.

Riddle (one RBI) led the game with three hits and Deacon Samples posted a pair of hits as well.

East Lawrence 11 – Vinemont 6 (Baseball)

After tying the series with a win in game two, Vinemont ultimately lost the series to East Lawrence after dropping the third game 11-6. The Eagles fell behind 7-0 after the first two innings and were unable to recover from the early deficit.

Austin Riddle (one RBI) and Braden Boner (one RBI) each posted three hits for Vinemont in the loss. Will Rhodes added two hits, Mason McKinney drove in a pair of runs and Colby Miller and Jarrett Friedrich each finished with a hit and an RBI as well.

Guntersville 10 – Fairview 1 (Baseball)

After falling to the Wildcats at home 10-0 Tuesday, the Aggies traveled to Guntersville Wednesday night to finish the area series. Fairview fell behind 5-0 in the first two innings and cut into the lead with a run in the top of the third, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats continued to pull away and eventually took the game 10-1.

The Aggies were held to just three hits in the game, each of which came from Parker Martin, Brody Hogeland and Caden Jennings.

Guntersville 20 – Fairview 2 (Baseball)

Guntersville completed the area sweep over Fairview with a 20-2 win in game three Wednesday night. The Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Wildcats responded with five runs in the bottom of the second and 11 more in the third to pull away and win it 20-2.

Lucas West and Dalton Payne each posted a hit and an RBI for Fairview in the loss and Justin Hostetler and Caden Jennings each finished with a hit as well.

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