PREP BASEBALL: Fairview edges Good Hope on the road, Saturday scoring recap

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The Fairview Aggies defeated Good Hope on the road 13-11 Saturday. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

Fairview 13 – Good Hope 11 (Baseball)

Good Hope got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning. They loaded the bases with nobody out, then Carter Rutherford scored on a wild pitch to give the Raiders the early lead. Later on, a bases-loaded walk allowed Mason Drake to score to give Good Hope a 2-0 lead. Fairview countered in the top of the second. A pair of errors and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, then a pair of wild pitches allowed Bryceson Turner and Carson Jones to cross the plate to tie the game up at two. Nicolas Gregory and Gannon Black each scored on another Good Hope error to give Fairview a 4-2 lead.

The Aggies added to their lead in the top of the fourth. Isaac Elrod hit an RBI single, then later that inning, Gregory scored on an error to widen their lead to 6-2. Barett York lined a two-run single to center field to make it an 8-2 game. Jones scored on a Good Hope error in the top of the fifth, then Gregory hit an RBI single and later scored on an error to stretch their lead to 11-2. Good Hope slowly started to chip away at the deficit, as Mason Drake scored on an Aggie error, Myles Johnson hit an RBI groundout, and Brady Stripling added an RBI single to cut it to 11-5 going into the top of the sixth.

Fairview loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, then Black lined a two-run single to center field to give them a 13-6 lead. Mason Drake and Rutherford each scored on an Aggie error in their half to make it a 13-8 game. The Raiders looked for one last rally in the bottom of the seventh. Johnson drew a walk and later stole home to cut it to 13-9, then back-to-back errors allowed Owen Armstrong and Rutherford to score, as the deficit was now cut to just two at 13-11. Conner Scott forced a groundout to end the game, as Fairview hung on to defeat Good Hope, 13-11.

York and Black each finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for Fairview (4-1). Gregory added a pair of hits and an RBI, while Elrod chipped in with a hit and an RBI of his own in the win. For Good Hope (3-2), Stripling ended up with a hit and two RBIs, while Caden Drake and Johnson each collected a pair of RBIs in the loss.

Hanceville 23 – Holly Pond 18 (Baseball)

Hanceville got off to a fast start offensively in their opening at-bats. Jake Cornelius hit a leadoff double and later scored on an RBI single by Gabriel Ognilla to put them on the scoreboard first. RBI doubles by Billy Pezzeca and Nelson Arteaga, and a Holly Pond error, helped push the Bulldog lead to 4-0 in the top of the second, then they added five more in the top of the third to make it a 9-0 game.

Holly Pond got on the scoreboard in their half on a pair of Hanceville errors, allowing them to cut it to 9-3. An error and a walk cut it to 9-5, then Tristan Hibbert crossed the plate later in the fourth to make it a three-run game. Another Bulldog error, a passed ball, and a suicide squeeze play by Jackson Miller tied the game up at nine. Hanceville quickly broke the tie in the top of the fifth, scoring nine runs, four of them on bases-loaded walks, and Cornelius added a two-run single to give them a 17-9 lead. Cornelius later scored to make it an 18-9 game. The Broncos put up three runs in their half to make it an 18-12 contest, and miraculously, they tied the game up at 18 in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded walk, a Hanceville error, RBI singles by Carson Ryan and Miller, and an RBI double by Brody Howard.

The Bulldogs broke the tie in the top of the seventh. They loaded the bases with nobody out, then Cornelius hit a two-run single to center field to give them a 20-18 lead. Arteaga then delivered the biggest hit of the game, as he hit a three-run home run over the left field fence to stretch their lead to 23-18. Jackson Cleveland gave up just one hit in the bottom of the seventh and induced a groundout to end the game, as Hanceville picked up a 23-18 win over Holly Pond in what was a wild back-and-forth affair.

Arteaga finished with two hits and a game-high six RBIs for Hanceville (3-0). Cornelius went four-for-four with five RBIs. Ognilla added two hits and three RBIs. Hunter Black and Pezzeca each ended up with two hits and two RBIs. Grayson Hurter collected a pair of hits and an RBI, while Hunter Black finished with a hit and an RBI in the win. For Holly Pond (0-3), Howard and Miller each finished with a hit and a pair of RBIs in the loss, while Ryan and Kollin Brown each added a hit and an RBI in the contest.

Hanceville 8 – Meek 5 (Baseball)

Just like in their game against Holly Pond, Hanceville got off to a great start offensively in their game against Meek. Cornelius hit a leadoff single and quickly scored on an RBI triple by Cleveland to give them the early lead. Later in the first, Ognilla scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0. The second inning saw the Bulldogs add to their lead, as Hunter Black, Dylan Lazzaro, and Dalton Pirkle each scored on a pair of Tiger errors, and Arteaga and Ognilla each scored on a wild pitch to give them a 7-0 lead. A fielder’s choice by Meek in the top of the third cut it to 7-1, then in the top of the fifth, a two-run double made it a 7-3 game.

Cornelius added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to stretch the Hanceville lead to 8-3, but Meek made things a little interesting in the top of the seventh. An RBI single and an RBI groundout trimmed the deficit to just three at 8-5 with one out, but Hurter collected back-to-back strikeouts to end the game, and Hanceville picked up an 8-5 win over Meek.

Cornelius (one hit) and Cleveland (two hits) each finished with an RBI in the win for Hanceville (4-0). Pirkle added three hits, while Ognilla and Pezzeca each collected a hit in the contest.

Susan Moore 12 – Vinemont 8 (Baseball) (Game One)

Kayden Henderson scored on a Susan Moore error in their opening at-bats to put Vinemont on the scoreboard first, but the Bulldogs countered in a big way in the top of the second, putting up eight runs, to take an 8-1 lead. Susan Moore added two more runs in the top of the third to give them a 10-1 lead. The Eagles scored on a Susan Moore error, and Jaxon Holcomb crossed the plate as well to make it a 10-3 game. Later in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI fielder’s choice by Michael Foust cut it to 10-4, then Dalton Bryan and Foust each scored on a wild pitch to make it a 10-6 game.

Vinemont cut into the deficit even more in the bottom of the sixth, as Henderson and Brady Johnson each scored on a Susan Moore error to trim it to just two at 10-8. A Vinemont error in the top of the seventh, though, allowed Susan Moore to add to their lead and make it a 12-8 contest. The Eagles didn’t get any closer after that, as they ended up dropping the first game to Susan Moore 12-8.

Foust finished with three RBIs for Vinemont (3-1), and Henderson collected the only two hits of the game for the Eagles in the loss.

Vinemont 11 – Susan Moore 8 (Game Two)

An RBI groundout by Susan Moore put them on the scoreboard first in game two, but Vinemont tied the game up at one on an RBI triple by Jake Hale. The Bulldogs broke the tie in the top of the third on an RBI single to give them a 2-1 lead, but the Eagles grabbed the lead in their half. Owen Mckinney got hit by the pitch with the bases loaded, then later that inning, Holcomb crossed the plate, and Rush Sandlin scored on a wild pitch to give them a 4-2 lead.

A pair of two-run doubles and a passed ball in the top of the fourth gave Susan Moore the lead right back at 7-4. RBI singles by Josh Rhodes, Sandlin, and Mckinney tied the game up at seven in Vinemont’s half of the fourth. The Eagles got the lead in the bottom of the fifth, as a suicide squeeze play by Foust and an RBI single by Hale, gave them a two-run lead. After a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth cut it to 9-8, Vinemont added to their lead in their half. Johnson hit an RBI single and later scored himself to make it an 11-8 game. The Eagles were able to hang on and knock off the Bulldogs in the second game of the doubleheader 11-8.

Hale (two hits) and Mckinney (one hit) each finished with two RBIs for Vinemont (4-0). Foust and Johnson each added a pair of hits and an RBI, while Rhodes and Sandlin each collected a hit and an RBI in the win.

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