PREP SOFTBALL: Lady Warriors collect 10-0, senior night win over Falkville

West Point’s Kortni Baker tossed three scoreless innings in the Lady Warriors’ 10-0 win over Falkville Tuesday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – West Point was back home at Mike Brown Field Tuesday for a senior night matchup against Falkville and the Lady Warriors celebrated the occasion with a 10-0 win over the Lady Blue Devils. West Point jumped out to a quick lead and got great pitching performances from Kortni Baker and Lexi Kimbril to shut out Falkville 10-0.

Baker gave up a one-out double in the top of the first, but quickly retired the next two batters on just three pitches to get out of the inning. West Point got the scoring started in their half. Macayla Wilkins drew a leadoff walk, then Macie Brown reached on a fielder’s choice. A double by Brinlee Phillips put runners on second and third with one out, then an RBI infield single by Bethany Minck gave the Lady Warriors an early 1-0 lead.

West Point added to their lead in their next at-bats. An error, a single, and a hit by the pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Wilkins hit a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 2-0. Later on, Phillips blooped a two-run single to left field to push their lead to 4-0, then Minck crushed an RBI double to center field to make it 5-0. Minck later scored on a wild pitch to increase their lead to 6-0. The Lady Warriors continued to put up runs as they made it 7-0 on an RBI single by Brown in the bottom of the fourth.

Kimbril retired the Lady Blue Devils in order on just seven pitches in the top of the fifth and West Point looked to end things in their half. Kimbril drew a leadoff walk, stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Bailey Brock. Katie Beth Yovino followed that up with an RBI single of her own to stretch their lead to 9-0. With two outs, Yovino scored on a Falkville error to end the game as the Lady Warriors ended up shutting out the Lady Blue Devils 10-0.

Phillips and Bethany Minck each finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for West Point. Wilkins, Brown, Brock, and Yovino all posted a hit and an RBI as well, while Ella Minck chipped in with a hit of her own. Baker and Kimbril combined to give up just one hit through five innings for the Lady Warriors as they threw a combined 43 pitches in the contest.

West Point will remain home Thursday to take on Priceville.

Fairview 11 – Hanceville 1 (Softball)

The highlight of Fairview’s game against Hanceville was Ayda Payne leading the way with a no-hitter in the circle and the Lady Aggies gave her plenty of run support on their way to an 11-1 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

The game was scoreless going into the second inning, but Fairview would strike first in their half. Ada Fales lined a two-out double to center field, then later on during the play, a Hanceville error allowed her to score to put the Lady Aggies in the run column first. Fairview quickly broke the game open in the third as they ended up batting around. Kylie Kovar made it 2-0 on an RBI single to center field, then Jaycee Aleman scored on a passed ball and Emily Benson added an RBI double to push their lead to 4-0. Addison Phillips added an RBI groundout, Payne and Fales each scored on a pair of Hanceville errors, and Josie Earl hit an RBI single to right field to make it 8-0.

Fairview added three more runs in the fourth on a Benson RBI single, a wild pitch, and a Fales RBI single. The Lady Bulldogs got in the run column in the top of the fifth as Alex Twitty scored on a wild pitch to make it an 11-1 game. Payne would strike out the next hitter, then after a walk, she induced a groundout to end the game and her no-hitter was complete as Fairview would go on to knock off Hanceville 11-1.

Payne gave up just one unearned run, walked one, and struck out 11 in her five innings of work for Fairview. Benson (three hits) and Fales (two hits) each posted a pair of RBIs in the win. Kovar added a pair of hits and an RBI. Earl collected a hit and an RBI as well. Phillips chipped in with an RBI of her own, while Aleman and Payne each added a hit as well.

Fairview and Hanceville will now start preparing for their upcoming area tournaments next week. The Lady Aggies will travel to take on Springville, while the Lady Bulldogs will go to Priceville as they will face off against West Morgan next Tuesday.

Good Hope 17 – Vinemont 2 (Softball)

Good Hope didn’t waste any time jumping out to a quick lead in their opening at-bats. Lizzy Steed drew a leadoff walk and later scored on an error to put the Lady Raiders in the run column first. Four pitches later, Bailey Keef hit an inside-the-park home run to make it 2-0. Back-to-back singles put runners on first and second with no outs for Carley Adams, who hit an RBI double to left field to push their lead to 3-0. Later on, Natalie Miller added an RBI groundout and Molly Johnson hit an RBI single to increase their lead to 5-0.

The Lady Raiders put up a crooked number in their next at-bats as they ended up sending 16 batters to the plate. The big hits came from Koch (RBI double), Haley Lay (two-run single), and Adams (two-run double), as their lead quickly swelled to 17-0. Vinemont got in the run column in the third as Haley Millwood hit an RBI double and she later stole home to make it 17-2. The deficit, though, proved to be too much to overcome and Good Hope ended up getting the win over Vinemont 17-2.

Adams led the way for Good Hope with two hits and three RBIs. Koch and Lay each added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Keef finished with a hit and two RBIs. Steed, Addyson Burgess, and Johnson each added a hit and an RBI as well, while Miller and Jolee McHan each chipped in with a hit of their own. Burgess gave up just three hits and two unearned runs, walked none, and struck out six. For Vinemont, Millwood finished with a hit and an RBI, while Angela Harris collected a pair of hits in the contest.

Good Hope will host Boaz on Thursday and Vinemont will now start preparing for its area tournament at J.B. Pennington. The Lady Eagles will face off against Susan Moore Monday.

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