PREP SOFTBALL: Lady Broncos top Cold Springs at home 6-3

Holly Pond’s Molly Neal (15) connects with a solo homerun during the Lady Broncos’ 6-3 win over Cold Springs Thursday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The Lady Broncos returned home Thursday night to host a county battle with Cold Springs and after falling behind early, Holly Pond rallied to take the lead and eventually pulled away with a 6-3 win over the Lady Eagles. Maggie Nail picked up the win in the circle after tossing all seven innings for the Lady Broncos, allowing three runs (one earned) on just three hits and striking out four batters.

After a scoreless opening frame, Cold Springs took an early lead in the top of the second. Brooklyn Ingram lead off the inning with a single and Hope Speegle and Ella Bruer each drew walks to load the bases. Ciara Calvert drew another walk later in the inning and the Lady Eagles went into the third leading 1-0. An error allowed Cold Springs to put another run on the board in the top of the third, making it a 2-0 game. However, Holly Pond responded in the bottom half of third.

Samantha Giles led things off with a double into left field and Bai Widner drove her home to score with an RBI single up the middle. A few pitches later, Madyson Rickman blasted a 2-run homer over the center field wall and the Lady Broncos went into the fourth with a 3-2 advantage.

Following a scoreless fourth inning, Holly Pond stretched its lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homerun off the bat of Molly Neal. Peyton Kennedy drew a walk with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth to trim the lead to 4-3 at one point but the Lady Broncos answered with two more runs in their half of the inning. Back to back RBI doubles by Rickman and Maycie Black extended the lead to 6-3 going into the final frame and Holly Pond collected the final three outs in the seventh to wrap up a 6-3 win over Cold Springs.

Rickman (three RBIs) and Black (one RBI) each posted three hits for the Lady Broncos. Neal (one hit) and Widner (one hit) each drove in a run in the win as well. Ingram, Bruer and Adriana Young posted three hits for the Lady Eagles in the loss and Calvert and Kennedy each finished with an RBI.

Both Holly Pond and Cold Springs will now shift their focus to next week’s county tournament.

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