PREP SOFTBALL: Fairview plates 4 in the 7th to top Cold Springs, Monday scoring recap

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BREMEN, Ala. – Fairview traveled to Cold Springs to take on the Lady Eagles Monday night and after falling behind 3-0 in the third inning, the Lady Aggies plated four runs in the top of the seventh inning to come from behind and earn a dramatic, 4-3 win.

Cold Springs got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning. Kaydance Williams hit a leadoff double and later scored on an RBI single by Brooklyn Ingram to give the Lady Eagles the early 1-0 lead. Cold Springs added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Peyton Kennedy and Cameron Baty hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, then Ciara Calvert brought both of them home on a two-run triple to stretch their lead to 3-0.

It quickly turned into a pitchers’ duel after that, as Addison Phillips and Kennedy kept the score at 3-0 going into the top of the seventh. Fairview got something going that inning, as Ralie Gaines and Ada Fales each hit back-to-back singles to lead off the seventh. During Fales’ single, an error allowed both Gaines and Fales to move up to second and third. Jordan Simmons hit an RBI bunt single and moved up to second on another Cold Springs error.

Three pitches later, Emily Benson lined an RBI double to center field to make it a 3-2 game, then a pair of RBI singles by Kylie Kovar and Phillips gave the Lady Aggies a 4-3 lead. Joci Williams hit a leadoff single in the Lady Eagles’ half and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kaydance Williams. Phillips got a pop out and a strikeout to end the game, as Fairview ended up getting a 4-3 win over Cold Springs.

Benson led the way for Fairview (7-2) with three hits and an RBI. Phillips added a pair of hits and an RBI, while Kovar and Simmons each collected a hit and an RBI in the win. For Cold Springs (2-2), Calvert finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs, while Ingram added a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Fairview 10 – Cleveland 3 (Baseball)

Both teams put up a run in the first inning, and the game would go into the second inning tied up at one. Fairview broke the tie in the top of the second. Colton Jennings hit a leadoff single and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Gannon Black to give them a 2-1 lead. The Aggies added two more runs in the top of the third on an RBI single by Lucas West and an RBI double by Jennings. An RBI single by Nicolas Gregory in the top of the fourth gave Fairview a 5-1 lead. Cleveland scored on an error in their half to cut it to 5-2.

The Aggies added on to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Conner Scott hit a two-run double and later scored on an error to make it 8-2. Another error allowed the Panthers to cut it to 8-3 in their half. Bryceson Turner and Isaac Elrod each scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to stretch Fairview’s lead to 10-3, and the Aggies would go on to collect a 10-3 win over Cleveland.

Scott and West each finished with a hit and a pair of RBIs for Fairview (9-3). Gregory (three hits), Jennings (two hits), and Black (two hits) each collected an RBI in the win. Jonah Eckleberry and Scott gave up just two hits combined and one earned run, walked two and struck out 11.

Curry 9 – Cold Springs 8 (Baseball)

Cold Springs struck first in the home half of the first inning. Cole Bales drew a four-pitch walk, moved up to second on a passed ball, and scored on a suicide squeeze play by Boston Archer to give them the early lead. Curry countered in the top of the second, scoring five runs to take a 5-1 lead, and added two more runs in the top of the third to push their lead to 7-1.

Cold Springs started to claw their way back into the game. They loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, then Lindan Hill hit a two-run single to right field to cut it 7-3. Later that inning, Mason Gable stole home to make it a three-run game. A walk and a hit by pitch had the Eagles in business in the bottom of the fifth, then an error allowed Ethan Nabors to score, and Bales later added an RBI single to cut it to 7-6. An RBI fielder’s choice by Archer tied things up at seven, but a sacrifice fly by Curry in the top of the sixth broke the tie and gave them an 8-7 lead.

Cold Springs had a chance to tie or win the game in the bottom of the seventh. A single, an error, and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. An out later, Gable got hit by the pitch to tie the game up at eight. The Eagles wasn’t able to break the tie, so the game would be decided in extra innings. The Yellow Jackets hit an RBI single to give them a 9-8 lead. Cold Springs put runners on the corners with two outs in their half, but a strikeout ended the game, and the Eagles dropped a heartbreaker to Curry 9-8.

Hill (one hit) and Archer each finished with two RBIs for Cold Springs (3-7). Bales added a pair of hits and an RBI and Gable posted an RBI in the loss.

Good Hope 3 – Holly Pond 1 (Softball)

Holly Pond’s Maggie Nail and Good Hope’s Molly Benefield didn’t allow a run through the first four innings. It ended up being the Lady Raiders that would find the scoreboard first in the top of the fifth. Haley Lay drew a two-out walk, then Bryleigh Basinger hit an RBI triple to center field and later scored on a passed ball to give Good Hope a 2-0 lead. The Lady Broncos cut into the deficit in the bottom of the sixth.

Molly Neal hit a one-out single, and after stealing second and moving up to third on a passed ball, scored on a suicide squeeze play by Libby Stallings to make it a 2-1 game. Good Hope added to their lead in the top of the seventh. Carley Adams drew a one-out walk, then Lay hit a double to put runners on second and third. Basinger’s RBI groundout brought home Adams to give the Lady Raiders a 3-1 lead. Holly Pond couldn’t counter in their half, as Good Hope ended up getting a 3-1 win over the Lady Broncos.

Basinger finished with a hit and two RBIs for Good Hope (3-1). Lizzy Steed, Campbell Koch, Adams, Lay, and Benefield each added a hit in the win. The duo of Benefield and Addyson Burgess gave up just four hits and one unearned run, walked two, and struck out eight. For Holly Pond, Stallings finished with an RBI, while Macey Black, Lauryn Hoffman, Nail, and Neal each collected a hit in the loss. Nail and Alaina Folds gave up a combined six hits and three earned runs, walked five and struck out three.

Vinemont 8 – West End 7 (Baseball)

Vinemont got off to a fast start offensively in their opening at-bats. Kayden Henderson and Michael Foust each drew a walk to lead off the inning, then Henderson scored on a wild pitch, and Jake Hale hit an RBI groundout to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead. A trio of walks in the bottom of the second loaded the bases with one out. Josh Rhodes and Jordan Eller each scored on a West End error to make it 4-0. Later that inning, Jaxon Holcomb added a two-run single to give them a 6-0 lead. The Patriots hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the third to cut it to 6-1. Foust added an RBI single in the bottom of the third to stretch Vinemont’s lead to 7-1.

The score stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth inning, as Foust scored on a wild pitch to give the Eagles an 8-1 lead. West End, though, made things really interesting in the top of the seventh as they quickly loaded the bases with nobody out. A bases-loaded walk, an error, an RBI double, and a two-run single quickly saw the Eagle lead get cut to just one run at 8-7. A fielder’s choice and a pop out, though, ended the game, and Vinemont withstood a huge rally from West End to win the game 8-7.

Foust finished with a pair of hits and three RBIs for Vinemont (11-3). Holcomb added a hit and two RBIs, while Hale collected an RBI in the win.

Decatur Heritage 11 – Vinemont 1 (Softball)

After a scoreless first inning, Vinemont got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second. Brinlee Pair hit a two-out double and later scored on an RBI single by Haley Millwood to give them the early lead, but Decatur Heritage tied things up in their half. Decatur Heritage quickly broke the game wide open after that, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third, and added two more in the fourth, as Vinemont ended up falling to Decatur Heritage 11-1.

Haley Millwood finished with a pair of hits and an RBI for Vinemont. Callie Millwood, Abby Kuykendall, Arleigh Thomason, Pair and Brooklyn Knott each added a hit in the loss.

Sardis 14 – West Point 3 (Baseball)

West Point got on the scoreboard first in their opening at-bats on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Cochran, but Sardis countered with six runs in their half to take a 6-1 lead. The Warriors cut into the lead in the top of the third. Cooper Howard scored on a passed ball, and Cochran added an RBI single to make it a 6-3 game. It would be all Lions after that, though, as they scored a run in the bottom of the third, four more in the fifth, and three more in the sixth, and they ended up rolling past West Point, 14-3.

Cochran finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for West Point (6-5). Boston Freeman added a pair of hits and Howard collected a hit in the loss.

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