PREP SOFTBALL: Wilkins’ no-hitter lifts West Point over Jasper 1-0

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West Point’s Carlie Wilkins pitched a no-hitter and collected 17 strikeouts in the Lady Warriors’ 1-0 win over Jasper Thursday. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. — West Point was coming off a thrilling win Tuesday against Russellville and The Lady Warriors found themselves in another tight game Thursday. They hosted Jasper on senior night and after Lexi Shadix and Sydney Sellers were recognized before the game, Carlie Wilkins put on one of her best performances of the season to lead West Point to a 1-0 win over the Lady Vikings. Wilkins tossed a no-hitter in the win, striking out 17 batters in the process.

Wilkins retired the side to start out the game and Shadix crushed the first pitch that she saw over the center field wall to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead. Wilkins struck out the last two batters in the top of the second and struck out the side in the third through the fifth inning. West Point looked to add on to their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Lexi Kimbril and Bethany Minck hit back-to-back two-out singles, then Shadix reached on an error to load the bases, but they were unable to push across any runs.

Wilkins struck out the side once again in the top of the sixth. Sellers and Braelee Quinn led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles, but once again, West Point was not able to add on to their lead and they went into the top of the seventh still up, 1-0.

After striking out the first batter in the top of the seventh, Wilkins then hit the next batter, but got the next two batters to fly out and pop out, respectively, to complete her dominating no-hitter as the Lady Warriors wound up shutting out the Lady Vikings 1-0.

Shadix finished with a solo home run in the game for West Point (20-17-2). Sellers added two hits. Minck, Wilkins, Braelee Quinn, and Kimbril each added a hit as well. The Lady Warriors will travel to take on Arab Friday.

Other Thursday scores:

Falkville 12 – Cold Springs 1 (Softball)

Falkville jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead before Cold Springs got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Adriana Young. The Lady Blue Devils added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game as the Lady Eagles ended up falling on the road to Falkville, 12-1.

Young finished with two hits and an RBI for Cold Springs. Shay Sellers added two hits, and Anna Katherine Voce and Emma Black each collected a hit as well. 

Arab 5 – Holly Pond 1 (Softball)

Arab jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead as they scored on an RBI double and an error; they added two more in the third on an RBI double and an error. Holly Pond got on the scoreboard in their half on an RBI fielder’s choice by Bai Widner, but a bases-loaded walk by the Lady Knights in the top of the fourth pushed the Lady Bronco deficit to four at 5-1 

Holly Pond got a little rally going in their half as Madyson Rickman singled and Taylor Simmons reached on a fielder’s choice. Rickman moved to third on an error and Simmons moved to second on defensive indifference, but Addison Armstrong went down swinging to end the game as the Lady Broncos ended up falling to the Lady Knights, 5-1.

Widner finished with an RBI for Holly Pond (15-8). Samantha Giles, Rickman, and Addison Armstrong each collected a hit in the game.

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