PREP BASEBALL: West Point pulls away to top Hanceville on the road 10-0

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West Point’s Kanaan Sutter pitched six shutout innings in the Warriors’ 10-0 win at Hanceville Friday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala.  – The West Point Warriors were back on the road Friday night for a county matchup at Hanceville and after three scoreless innings, West Point put three runs on the board in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another five runs in the sixth to pull away and collect a 10-0 win over the Bulldogs. Kanaan Sutter got the start on the mound and tossed six shutout innings for the Warriors, allowing just two hits and striking out nine.

Sutter went back and forth with Hanceville’s Dalton Johnson and Gabe Ognilla through three scoreless innings but West Point was able to push some runs across the plate in the top half of the fourth. Colton McCoy reached first on a dropped third strike, Bryson Phillips drew a walk and Sylar Philyaw singled into left field to load the bases. Brody Freeman drove in a run with a ground ball to third base and two pitches later, Jay Lamar knocked in two more runs with an RBI single up the middle to make it a 3-0 game.

The Warriors added to their lead in the fifth with a two-run double from Philyaw that made it 5-0 and they put things away in the top of the sixth. Lamar was hit by a pitch and J.D. Cochran and Andrew Putman both singled to load up the bases. A pair of walks stretched the West Point lead to 7-0 and Phillips drove an RBI single into right field to make it 8-0. Boston Freeman scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-0 and Phillips successfully stole home a few pitches later to put the Warriors in front 10-0 going into the bottom of the sixth.

Sutter struck out three of the next four batters he faced to wrap up a 10-0 road win for West Point.

Putman and Philyaw (two RBIs) each finished with three hits in the win. Cochran added a pair of hits and Lamar (one hit) posted a pair of RBIs.

The Warriors and Bulldogs will both be back home Tuesday night to play Lawrence County and Oneonta, respectively.

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