HOLLY POND, Ala. — Holly Pond hosted the Cold Springs Eagles for a Monday afternoon county matchup game and after jumping out to an early lead, the Broncos never looked back on their way to a 13-3 win.
Cold Springs got in the run column first in their opening at-bats. Cole Bales reached on an infield single, then after swiping second and third, he would score on a passed ball to give the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. Holly Pond responded in their half as Sawyer Olinger hit a one-out single to center field. He later stole second and ended up scoring on a two-out RBI single by Boston Gibbs. A balk and a single by Carson Ryan moved Gibbs up to third and he stole home to give Holly Pond a 2-1 lead. Brody Howard added an RBI single to center field and Chase Brazelton scored on another balk to give the Broncos a 4-1 lead.
Holly Pond continued to add to their lead in the second. John Martin and Olinger each drew one-out walks, then one out later, Gibbs hit an RBI double to left field. Another balk allowed Martin to cross the plate, then Ryan scored on a Cold Springs error and Brazelton added an RBI single as the Bronco lead was now at seven at 8-1. Brazelton later scored on another Eagle error as that made it a 9-1 game. Bales drew a leadoff walk in the third and later stole home to make it a 9-2 game, then Brodee Bartlett hit a double and he later scored on a passed ball to cut it to 9-3.
They wouldn’t get any closer after that as Holly Pond put up two more runs in their half of the third on a two-run home run by Bradly Butts. The Broncos added a run in the fourth on a Levi Farr RBI single, and they would end the game in the fifth inning as Butts hit an RBI single to give the Broncos the 13-3 win.
Butts led the way for Holly Pond with two hits and three RBIs. Gibbs added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Howard ended up with two hits and an RBI. Brazelton and Farr each added a hit and an RBI. Olinger and Ryan each chipped in with a hit of their own. Martin went the distance for the Broncos as he allowed just four hits and two earned runs, walked three, and struck out seven. For Cold Springs, Bales, Bartlett, Josh Winfrey, and Cody Smith each finished with a hit.
Holly Pond will face off against Cold Springs in a rematch at home Thursday and Cold Springs will host Appalachian Tuesday.
Cullman 14 – Mt. Pleasant 1 (Softball)
Emma Claire Wilson retired Mt. Pleasant in order to start out the game, then Cullman’s bats got red-hot in a hurry. Haley Shannon hit a leadoff single, then after stealing second, she later scored on an RBI single by Olivia Britton to put the Lady Bearcats on the scoreboard first. They were just getting started, though, as Reese Hopper followed that up with an RBI single of her own. Later on, Sadie Graham brought home Allie Johnson and Hooper on a two-run single, then with two outs, Shannon lined a two-run single to right field to push the Lady Bearcat lead to 6-0.
Wilson struck out the side in the second, then Cullman proceeded to add two more runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout by Brooklyn Morton and an RBI single by Graham. The Lady Bearcats just continued to swing hot bats in the bottom of the third as they ended up batting around. Taylor Au hit an RBI single, then later on, Hopper hit a bases-clearing double, Johnson added an RBI single, and Kylie Stracener hit an RBI groundout to give Cullman a 14-0 lead. Mt. Pleasant got their first run of the game in the fourth on a wild pitch, but Brie Voss quickly settled down after that and got the final three outs to end the game as Cullman collected a 14-1 win over Mt. Pleasant.
Hopper finished with three hits and four RBIs for Cullman. Graham added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Shannon ended up with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Stracener added a pair of hits and an RBI. Au, Britton, and Johnson each collected a hit and an RBI in the contest. Morton chipped in with an RBI of her own, while Wilson added a hit. Wilson pitched three hitless innings and struck out seven, while Voss gave up a hit and a run while striking out one in her inning of work.
Cullman will travel to take on Curry next Tuesday.
Fairview 7 – Brewer 2 (Baseball)
Nicolas Gregory got the start for Fairview and worked around a leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt to get out of the early jam. Crimson Wright reached on a Brewer error to lead off the inning, then with two outs, Barrett York reached on another error to put runners on the corners. Another Patriot error allowed Wright to score to put Fairview in the run column first. Brewer would answer in the top of the second as that tied the game up at one on an RBI groundout.
The Aggies broke the tie in their half as Connor Scott and Gregory led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt, Wright lined an RBI single to right field to give Fairview a 2-1 lead. Both pitching staffs kept the score at 2-1 until the sixth inning, when the Aggies ended up breaking the game wide open. Gregory hit a leadoff single to right field, then Devyn Ellis got hit by the pitch. Both runners came across to score on a Brewer error, then Lucas West lined an RBI double to right field to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead. A pair of walks and a strikeout later, Colton Jennings hit a two-run double to left field to push their lead to 7-1. The Patriots added an RBI single in the seventh to cut it to 7-2, but Wright struck out the next batter to end the game as Fairview’s winning streak is now at five in a row after their 7-2 win over Brewer.
Jennings finished with a hit and two RBIs for Fairview. West added a pair of hits and an RBI. Wright ended up with a hit and an RBI. Scott and Gregory each added a pair of hits, while Caden Jennings chipped in with a hit of his own.
The Aggies will look to stretch their winning streak to six at home against Oneonta on Tuesday.
Good Hope 10 – Oakman 5 (Baseball)
After a scoreless first inning, Good Hope got the bats going in the top of the second. Mason Drake hit a leadoff single, then Walker Kilpatrick drew a walk. Brady Stripling drew one of his own to load the bases with no outs. Two outs later, Dakota Overton lined a two-run single to center field to put the Raiders in the run column first, then Ayden Black followed that up with a two-run single of his own to give Good Hope a 4-0 lead.
Oakman loaded the bases with one out, then a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and a bases-loaded walk cut it to 4-3. Good Hope added to their lead in the top of the fifth inning. Colbi Kilpatrick reached on a Wildcat error to lead off the fifth, then later on with two outs, Eli Clements hit an RBI double to right field to make it a 5-3 game. Will Cordes hit an RBI single to left field, then Overton hit one of his own to right field to push the Raider lead to 7-3. The Wildcats cut it to 7-5 in their half on an RBI groundout and a wild pitch.
Good Hope, though, looked to add some insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Dawson Kicker reached on a leadoff error, then Stripling lined a single to center field. Two outs later, Overton continued his big game at the plate as he hit an RBI single up the middle to make it an 8-5 game. Ayden Black and Colten Whatley followed that up with consecutive RBI singles to give the Raiders a 10-5 lead. After a Raider error, Colbi Kilpatrick retired the next three hitters to end the game as Good Hope ended up collecting a 10-5 win over Oakman.
Overton finished with three hits and four RBIs for Good Hope. Ayden Black added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Whatley ended up with three hits and an RBI. Clements added a pair of hits and an RBI. Cordes collected a hit and an RBI in the contest, while Mason Drake and Stripling each chipped in with a hit of their own.
Good Hope will travel to Southeastern Tuesday.
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