PREP BASEBALL: Fairview downs Vinemont at home 12-2, Good Hope, Cold Springs drop Saturday matchups


FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview Aggies were back home at Mark Moore Field Saturday to host Vinemont and they put runs on the board early and often to collect a 12-2 win over the Eagles.

Crimson Wright got the start for Fairview, and he retired Vinemont in order on just eight pitches to start out the game. The Aggies got on the scoreboard in their half. Wright drew a leadoff walk, then Connor Scott got hit by the pitch. On a double steal attempt, Wright got thrown out at third, but Scott ended up stealing second. A passed ball allowed him to move up to third, and Lucas West brought him in on an RBI groundout to give the Aggies the 1-0 lead.

Fairview would add to their lead in the bottom of the second. Carson Jones drew a one-out walk, then one out later, Devin Hostetler got hit by the pitch. Nic Gregory lined a two-run double to center field to bring home both runners as the Aggies padded their lead to 3-0. Fairview put up two more runs in the third inning. West hit a leadoff triple, then Barrett York hit an RBI groundout to make it 4-0. Caden Jennings would then hit a one-out double to left field and would later score on an RBI single by Caden Barrett to make it 5-0.

After held out without a hit for the first four innings, Vinemont would finally get something going offensively in the fifth. Rylan McRae lined a single to center field for the Eagles’ first hit of the game, then Jaxon Holcomb drew a walk. Rush Sandlin reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and second with one out. After a strikeout, Joshua Rhodes hit a two-run double to left field to bring home both Holcomb and Sandlin to cut it to 5-2.

Fairview promptly ended things in their half. York got hit by the pitch, then Jennings hit a double to center field. Kolt Redding then lined a two-run double to center field to make it 7-2. Later on, with two outs, Gregory hit an RBI single, Wright hit an RBI double, and Scott followed that up with an RBI single of his own to push the Aggie lead to 10-2. After a single by West, back-to-back RBI singles by York and Jennings would end up giving Fairview the 12-2 win after five innings.

Gregory finished with a pair of hits and three RBIs for Fairview (3-7). York and Redding each added a hit and a pair of RBIs. Jennings ended up with three hits and an RBI. Wright and West each collected a pair of hits and an RBI in the game. Barrett added a hit and an RBI, while Scott chipped in with a hit of his own. Wright went the distance for the Aggies as he allowed just two hits and two runs, walked three and struck out four. For Vinemont (6-6), Rhodes finished with a hit and a pair of RBIs, while McRae added a hit of his own.

Fairview will host St. Clair County and Vinemont will go to Locust Fork Tuesday.

Dora 13 – Cold Springs 3 (Baseball)

Dora got things started with one out as a single was then followed by an RBI single to make it 1-0. Later on, a passed ball and another RBI single allowed the Bulldogs to plate two more runs to give them an early 3-0 lead. Dora added an RBI single in the second inning to push their lead to 4-0, then a Cold Springs error in the fourth inning allowed the Bulldogs to score a run to make it 5-0. The Eagles would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run by Brodee Bartlett as that cut it to 5-1.

Dora, though, would answer right back in the top of the fifth inning as a sacrifice fly, later followed by an RBI double, gave them a 7-1 lead. A two-run double, then an RBI double, pushed the Bulldog lead to 10-1. Dora added two more runs in the sixth on an RBI double and an RBI groundout, but Cold Springs would counter in their half as they loaded the bases with two outs. Ethan Nabors lined a two-run single to center field to bring home Cody Smith and Tucker Philbeck to make it a 12-3 game. The Bulldogs added one final run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single and Cold Springs couldn’t mount a rally in their final at-bats as they ended up dropping their game to Dora, 13-3.

Nabors led the way for Cold Springs (3-6) with a hit and two RBIs. Bartlett added a home run in the game. Philbeck ended up with a pair of hits, while Cole Bales chipped in with a hit of his own. The Eagles will host Winston County Monday.

Danville 1 – Good Hope 0 (Baseball)

Saturday’s game between Danville and Good Hope turned into a pitching clinic between both starters. Through the first five innings, both teams were only able to get a combined one hit. The Hawks, though, was the first team to crack the run column first. They got a two-out rally started in the sixth as a walk and a single would then lead to an RBI single to give them a 1-0 lead. The Raiders looked to counter in their half as Brady Stripling hit a one-out single, then with two outs, Colten Whatley lined a single to right field. A strikeout, though, would end the inning for Good Hope. The Raiders couldn’t get anything going in their final at-bats as they ended up losing a heartbreaker to the Hawks, 1-0.

Whatley, Case Naramore, and Stripling got the only hits of the game for Good Hope (3-5). Naramore went the distance for the Raiders as he allowed just four hits and one earned run, walked one, and struck out five.

Good Hope will stay at home Tuesday to take on Holly Pond.

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