PREP SOFTBALL: Lady Warriors outrace Fairview 18-7; Thursday scoring recap

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FAIRVIEW, Ala. — The West Point Lady Warriors made the trip over to Fairview to take on the Lady Aggies in a county game Thursday afternoon and a huge second inning for the Lady Warriors was key as they ended up rolling past Fairview 18-7.

West Point didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard first in their opening at-bats. Macie Brown hit a one-out single to center field and moved up to third on a Fairview error, then Bethany Minck hit an RBI double to left field to give West Point the early lead. The next batter, Brinlee Phillips, hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to make it a 3-0 game. The Lady Aggies got in the run column in their half. Jaycee Aleman hit a one-out single, then she stole second. Kylie Kovar hit an infield single, and Minck threw out Aleman trying to score. During the play, Kovar was able to take second and third and later scored on a passed ball to cut it to 3-1.

West Point’s bats got red-hot in the second inning as they ended up batting around. Three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs, then Macayla Wilkins hit a two-run single to center field and Brown followed that up with an RBI single of her own to make it 6-1.  Bethany Minck launched a three-run home run over the center field wall, then after back-to-back walks, Phillips stole home and Katie Beth Yovino connected on a two-run home run to push their lead to 12-1. Liberty Shadix and Brown each added RBI singles, then Bethany Minck hit a sacrifice fly to give the Lady Warriors a 15-1 lead.

Emily Benson and Aleman each scored on a West Point error in the bottom of the third, then Ayda Payne added an RBI single to cut it to 15-4. The Lady Aggies trimmed into the deficit a little bit more in the fourth as a pair of Lady Warrior errors would lead to Kovar hitting an RBI fielder’s choice to make it 15-5. Payne and Addison Phillips each added a sacrifice fly to trim the deficit to eight at 15-7. West Point added to their lead in the sixth as Ella Minck scored on a wild pitch, then the Lady Warriors put up two more runs in the seventh on a pair of RBI singles by Bailey Brock and Liberty Shadix. West Point would go on to defeat Fairview 18-7.

Minck finished with two hits and five RBIs for West Point (9-3). Shadix added four hits and a pair of RBIs. Wilkins and Phillips each ended up with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Yovino finished with a hit and two RBIs. Brown and Brock each added three hits and an RBI. Lexi Kimbril and Ella Minck each collected a pair of hits in the contest as well. For Fairview (10-9), Payne finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Kovar added a hit and an RBI. Phillips ended up with an RBI. Aleman collected a pair of hits, while Ralie Gaines and Allison Davis each chipped in with a hit of their own.

Both teams will now start preparing for the upcoming county tournament.

Fairview 13 – Falkville 6 (Baseball)

Fairview got off to a quick lead on the road against Falkville. Crimson Wright got hit by the pitch to lead off the game, then he stole second and third. Lucas West brought him in on an RBI groundout, then the Aggies ended up loading the bases with one out. Hayden Griffin and Carson Jones scored on a pair of wild pitches to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead. Falkville got in the run column in the bottom of the third on a two-run single with one out as that made it a 3-2 game.

Fairview loaded the bases once again in the fourth and Devyn Ellis scored on another wild pitch to give the Aggies a 4-2 lead. The Blue Devils got a two-out rally started in their half as they ended up taking a 5-4 lead on a two-run single and an RBI single. Fairview quickly got the bats going again in the fifth. Jones hit a leadoff double, then Connor Scott drew a walk. A wild pitch moved them up to second and third, then a Gannon Black RBI single with one out tied the game up at five.

Barrett York came in as a pinch hitter and hit a two-run double to give Fairview a 7-5 lead. Later on, Caden Jennings hit an RBI infield single and Wright scored on a Falkville error to push their lead to 9-5. Jones added a two-run single to left field to make it an 11-5 game. An Aggie error in the bottom of the sixth allowed Falkville to push across a run to cut it to 11-6, but Fairview added a pair of runs in the seventh on a pair of RBI groundouts by Griffin and Jones. The Aggies would end up defeating the Blue Devils 13-6.

Jones led the way for Fairview (6-9) with two hits and three RBIs. York added a hit and a pair of RBIs. West and Jennings each ended up with two hits and an RBI. Griffin and Black each added a hit and an RBI, while Scott collected a hit of his own.

The Aggies will play a pair of games at home on Saturday against Dora and Danville.

Cold Springs 10 – Carbon Hill 9 (Baseball) (Game One)

Both teams lit up the scoreboard in their opening at-bats. All of Carbon Hill’s runs came with two outs as a trio of RBI singles and a two-run single gave them a quick 5-0 lead, but Cold Springs answered right back in their half. A trio of walks loaded the bases with one out, then Cole Bales scored on a passed ball and Brodee Bartlett scored on a wild pitch to cut it to 5-2. Brady Phillips followed that up with an RBI single, then Cody Smith crossed the plate on a passed ball and Ethan Nabors added an RBI single to tie the game up at five.

The game remained deadlocked at five until the top of the fifth inning, as the Bulldogs put up four runs on a trio of RBI singles and a Cold Springs error as that gave them a 9-5 lead. The Eagles trimmed into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning as Nabors hit a one-out single, then Mason Gable drew a walk. Bales hit an RBI single to right field, then with two outs, a two-run single by Josh Winfrey cut it to 9-8. Winfrey retired Carbon Hill in order in the seventh and the Eagles looked for some late-game heroics. A trio of singles by Phillips, Matt Williams, and Nabors loaded the bases with one out, then Kaiden Graves hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game up at nine. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to break the tie as the game would go into extra innings. 

After keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the eighth, the Eagles looked to win it in their half. Winfrey hit a one-out single, then he stole second. Tucker Philbeck played the part of hero in this game as he lined the game-winning RBI single to right field to give Cold Springs a 10-9 win in game one of the doubleheader.

Winfrey finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs for Cold Springs. Nabors finished four-for-four with an RBI. Phillips added a pair of hits and an RBI. Bales and Philbeck each ended up with a hit and an RBI. Graves collected an RBI in the game, while Bartlett and Williams each chipped in with a hit of their own.

Carbon Hill 12 – Cold Springs 3 (Baseball) (Game Two)

Carbon Hill jumped out to a quick lead in game two as a passed ball, an error, an RBI double, and an RBI groundout gave them a quick 4-0 lead. Cold Springs got on the scoreboard first as Bartlett hit a one-out double, then Winfrey hit one of his own to cut it to 4-1. Winfrey later stole home to make it a 4-2 game, but the Bulldogs added to their lead in the second as a two-run single, an Eagle error, and an RBI groundout pushed their lead to 8-2. Three straight bases-loaded walks in the top of the third increased Carbon Hill’s lead to 11-2.

An RBI single by Smith in their half cut it to 11-3, but they weren’t able to get much going after that as the Bulldogs scored on a passed ball to make it a 12-3 game. The Eagles ended up dropping the second game to Carbon Hill 12-3.

Winfrey and Smith each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI for Cold Springs (6-9). Phillips added a pair of hits, while Bales, Bartlett, and Philbeck each ended up with a hit.

Cold Springs will travel to take on Holly Pond Monday.

Ashville 9 – Good Hope 1 (Baseball) (Game One)

Ashville got in the run column first in game one on an RBI single, but Good Hope tied the game up at one as Tucker Keef scored on a Bulldog wild pitch in the top of the second. Ashville broke the tie in the bottom of the third on an RBI double, then they quickly added to their lead after that as a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly pushed their lead to 5-1. The Bulldogs added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single and a trio of bases-loaded walks. Good Hope couldn’t get anything going after that as Ashville ended up taking game one over the Raiders 9-1.

Ayden Black finished with a pair of hits and Caden Drake added a hit for Good Hope.

Good Hope 10 – Ashville 3 (Baseball) (Game Two)

Good Hope got in the run column first in game two. Black hit a leadoff single and later scored on an RBI single by Caden Drake to give the Raiders the early lead, but Ashville tied the game up at one on an RBI single of their own. The score remained the same until the fifth inning, as the Raiders quickly got something going offensively. Caden Drake drew a one-out walk, then Mason Drake hit a single to left field. After a walk loaded the bases, Eli Clements hit a two-run single to right field and that was followed by a Brady Stripling RBI single as that gave Good Hope a 4-1 lead. Clements later stole home to make it a 5-1 game.

A Raider error and a sacrifice fly by Ashville in their half cut it to 5-3, but Good Hope broke the game wide open in their next at-bats. They loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a hit by pitch, then Mason Drake hit a two-run double to left field to give the Raiders a 7-3 lead. Caden Drake later scored on a Bulldog error, then an RBI fielder’s choice by Stripling made it 9-3. Russell Wooten scored on another Ashville error to push the Good Hope lead to 10-3 and the Raiders would go on to defeat the Bulldogs in game two 10-3.

Clements finished with a hit and three RBIs for Good Hope (6-8). Mason Drake added three hits and a pair of RBIs. Stripling ended up with a hit and two RBIs. Caden Drake added a hit and an RBI. Dakota Overton ended up with a pair of hits, while Black and Carter Naramore each chipped in with a hit of their own.

Good Hope will travel to take on Oakman Monday.

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