PREP SOFTBALL: Lady Aggies down Cold Springs 9-4

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Fairview's Jaycee Aleman finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs in the Lady Aggies' 9-4 win over Cold Springs. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Cold Springs Lady Eagles made a trip over to Fairview to take on the Lady Aggies and Cold Springs held the lead midway through the game, but Fairview took over after that and used a big fourth and fifth inning to pull away and pick up a 9-4 win over the Lady Eagles.

Cold Springs got something going to start out the game as Adriana Young and Sadie Smith each hit two-out singles. Brooklyn Ingram hit an RBI double to center field on the first pitch to give the Lady Eagles a 1-0 lead. Peyton Kennedy quickly worked around a two-out single by Kylie Kovar to get out of the inning unscathed. Ayda Payne struck out the side in the top of the second inning, then the Lady Aggies got in the run column in their half.

Allison Davis drew a leadoff walk, then a sacrifice bunt moved her over to second. A ground ball moved her over to third, then after a walk, Jordan Simmons hit an RBI double to right field to tie the game up at one. The score remained tied at one until the fourth inning. Smith and Ingram each drew a walk to lead off the inning, then Kortnie Williams reached on a bunt single, but Smith got thrown out at the plate to keep the score tied. Hope Speegle hit an RBI groundout to give Cold Springs a 2-1 lead, then later on with two outs, Williams scored on a passed ball to make it a 3-1 game.

Fairview quickly cooked up a one-out rally in their half. Ralie Gaines and Ada Fales hit back-to-back doubles to put runners on second and third, then Simmons reached on a Cold Springs error, which allowed Gaines to cross the plate to make it 3-2. The doubles kept on coming for the Lady Aggies as back-to-back-RBI doubles by Emily Benson and Jaycee Aleman gave them a 4-3 lead. Kovar followed that up with an RBI double of her own to make it 5-3.

Addison Phillips retired Cold Springs in order in the fifth and Fairview quickly added to their lead in their next at-bats. Phillips led off the inning with a double to left field, then moved up to third on a passed ball. Fales brought her home on an RBI groundout, then after a Simmons walk, Benson, Aleman, and Kovar each hit an RBI double as their lead swelled to 9-3. The Lady Eagles got a two-out rally started in the sixth. Speegle reached on catcher’s interference, then Cameron Baty reached on a Lady Aggie error to put runners at the corners. Dixie Light hit an RBI infield single to cut it to 9-4 and Cold Springs looked to cut into the Fairview lead even more in the seventh.

Young reached on a Lady Aggie error with one out, then Smith hit a single to center field. One out later, Williams drew a walk to load the bases, but Phillips got Speegle looking to end the game as Fairview picks up a 9-4 win at home over Cold Springs.

Kovar led the way for Fairview (9-8) with three hits and a pair of RBIs. Benson and Aleman each added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Fales and Simmons each ended up with a hit and an RBI. Gaines added a pair of hits, while Payne and Phillips each collected a hit in the game. For Cold Springs (1-4), Ingram and Light each finished with a hit and an RBI. Smith added a pair of hits, while Young and Williams each ended up with a hit as well.

Fairview will look to make it five straight wins as they will travel to take on Falkville and Cold Springs will head home to take on Vinemont Tuesday.

Cullman 9 – Buckhorn 4 (Baseball)

After a scoreless first inning, Cullman struck first in the second inning. Cole Floyd hit a leadoff triple and scored on a Buckhorn error to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead, then Easton Peed got hit by the pitch and Zane Watwood reached on a bunt single to load the bases. A pair of strikeouts later, Cody Jones drew a walk to bring in a run to make it 2-0. A one-out RBI single by Buckhorn cut it to 2-1, but the Bearcats added to their lead in the third. Floyd hit a one-out double, then Tucker Cagle followed that up with a single to right field to put runners at the corners. A Buckhorn error allowed Floyd to score, then the Bearcats loaded the bases once again. Garrett Hall got hit by the pitch to bring home another run as the Bearcat lead was now at three at 4-1.

Cullman would load the bases once again in the sixth with one out, then Riley Jackson lined an RBI double to left field to make it 6-1. Floyd added a sacrifice fly to push the Bearcat lead to 7-1. Buckhorn made things a little interesting in their half as a bases-loaded walk, then an RBI fielder’s choice, and a sacrifice fly made it a 7-4 game. Cullman put up a pair of runs in the seventh. Peed drew a leadoff walk, then Watwood hit a double to right field. Elijiah Hayes hit an RBI single to center field, then with two outs, Paxton Ponder hit an RBI double to left field to make it a 9-4 game. Cooper Loftin retired Buckhorn in order to end the game as Cullman collected a 9-4 win on the road over Buckhorn.

Jackson finished with a hit and two RBIs for Cullman. Floyd added a pair of hits and an RBI. Jones, Ponder, Cagle, and Hayes all ended up with a hit and an RBI in the game. Hall added an RBI, while Watwood chipped in with a pair of hits of his own.

Cullman will head home to take on Decatur Tuesday.

Hanceville 8 – J.B. Pennington 7 (Baseball)

J.B. Pennington got off to a quick start to the game in their opening at-bats as an RBI triple and a pair of RBI singles gave them a quick 3-0 lead. Hanceville got on the scoreboard in their half as Jake Cornelius reached on an infield single, then later scored on a passed ball to cut it to 3-1. The Tigers made it 5-1 in the second as they stole home and scored on a passed ball, but the Bulldogs countered in their half.

Ashton Hurst got hit by the pitch to lead off the inning, then Dalton Johnson drew a walk. Jackson Cleveland lined an RBI single to left field to bring home Hurst as that made it a 5-2 game. Cody Belcher reached on a Tiger error, then after a fielder’s choice, Cornelius hit a two-run double to center field to trim the deficit to just one at 5-4. Nelson Arteaga hit a sacrifice fly to left field as that tied the game up at five. Hanceville broke the tie in their next at-bats as Gabriel Ognilla led off the inning with a single, then later scored on a J.B. Pennington error to give them a 6-5 lead.

The Tigers, though, got the lead right back in the fourth as a stolen base and a passed ball gave them a 7-6 lead. Neither team was able to add any more runs for the next three innings, but the Bulldogs had one final shot to win the game in their final at-bats. Belcher led off the inning with a single, then Cornelius drew a one-out walk. Arteaga tied the game at seven on an RBI double to left field, then Les Fischer promptly ended things three pitches later as his game-winning RBI double gave the Bulldogs the 8-7 win.

Cornelius led the way for Hanceville (4-8) with three hits and a pair of RBIs. Arteaga added a hit and a pair of RBIs. Fischer’s only hit of the game came on the game-winning RBI double. Cleveland added a hit and an RBI. Belcher ended up with a pair of hits and Ognilla chipped in with a hit of his own.

Hanceville will take on Fairview at home Tuesday.

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