PREP BASEBALL: Holly Pond splits doubleheader with West End, Tuesday scoring recap

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Brody Howard finished with a hit and two RBIs in Holly Pond’s 10-9 win over West End Tuesday. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

Holly Pond 10 – West End 9 (Baseball) (Game One)

West End struck first in its opening at-bats as an RBI groundout and an RBI single gave them the early 2-0 lead. Holly Pond answered right back in their half. Sawyer Olinger reached on an error to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI single by Brody Howard to cut it to 2-1. On the first pitch, Kollin Brown hit an RBI triple to right field to tie the game up at two. Tristan Hibbert added an RBI groundout to give them a 3-2 lead. The Broncos added to their lead in the bottom of the second as an RBI groundout by Rex Harrison and a sacrifice fly by Olinger made it 5-2. A pair of RBI singles by the Patriots in the top of the third cut it to 5-4.

Howard scored on a wild pitch in the Broncos’ half of the third to give them a 6-4 lead. Holly Pond put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth. Boston Gibbs hit an RBI single to right field to make it 7-4. Brown added a two-run single to stretch their lead to 9-4. Howard hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give them a 10-4 lead. West End got a two-out rally started in the top of the seventh as they scored five runs to trim it to just one at 10-9. Sam Hunt struck out the next batter to end the game, and Holly Pond ended up holding off the Patriots at the end 10-9.

Brown finished with a pair of hits and three RBIs for Holly Pond. Howard added a hit and two RBIs. Olinger and Gibbs each ended up with a hit and an RBI, while Hibbert and Harrison each collected an RBI in the win.

West End 7 – Holly Pond 3 (Baseball)

West End struck first in its opening at-bats as they scored four runs in the first and added another one in the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Kollin Brown scored on a wild pitch in Holly Pond’s half of the second to make it a 5-1 game, but the Patriots hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth to push their lead to 6-1. West End added another run in the top of the seventh to make it 7-1. Holly Pond looked to make things interesting in their final at-bats. An error and a wild pitch put runners on the corners with nobody out. Cole Eubanks drove in a run on an RBI groundout to cut it to 7-2. One out later, Boston Gibbs lined an RBI single to left field to make it 7-3, but that’s as close as they would get as the Broncos ended up dropping the second game of the doubleheader to the Patriots 7-3.

Gibbs (one hit) and Eubanks each finished with an RBI for Holly Pond (3-10), while Brown, Peyton Queen, and Bradly Butts each added a hit in the loss.

Cullman 8 – Decatur 0 (Baseball)

The Bearcats traveled to Decatur for the first matchup of their area series with the Red Raiders and returned home with an 8-0 win. After a scoreless first inning, Cullman took a 2-0 lead in the second when Kase Nixon and Andrew Au each scored on fielder’s choices. Both teams were scoreless in the third and fourth innings but the ‘Cats added to their lead in the fifth.

Bennett Johnson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in a run and a few pitches later, Wyatt Buchanan scored on a passed ball to make it a 4-0 game. Tanner Gaines laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring Wil McCollum in for another run and Brooks Heatherly sent an RBI single back up the middle to make it 6-0. One pitch later, Cooper Loftin drove a 2-run home run over the right field fence to give Cullman an 8-0 lead. The Bearcats kept Decatur off the board the rest of the way to secure an 8-0 win.

Loftin earned the win on the mound after allowing just six hits and striking out five batters in seven innings of work. Loftin added three hits and two RBIs at the plate. Heatherly (two hits) and Jonah Inman (one hit) each added an RBI in the win.

Southeastern 8 – Cold Springs 1 (Baseball)

Southeastern quickly struck for three runs in its opening at-bats to take an early 3-0 lead. Cold Springs cut it to 3-1 in their half on an RBI fielder’s choice by Lindan Hill, but the Mustangs added a run in the third and two more in the fifth and sixth innings as they ended up getting the win over the Eagles 8-1.

Hill finished with the only RBI in the game for Cold Springs (3-9). Josh Winfrey added a pair of hits, and Brady Phillips collected a hit of his own in the loss.

Fairview 4 – St. Clair County 2 (Baseball)

The game was scoreless going into the top of the second inning. Bryceson Turner hit a two-out single and later stole home to put Fairview on the scoreboard first. The Aggies added to their lead in the top of the fifth. Caden Barrett hit a one-out single and ended up scoring on an RBI single by Nicolas Gregory to give them a 2-0 lead. St. Clair County hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to cut it to 2-1 and later tied the game up at two on a solo home run in the seventh. The game ended up going to extra innings, and Fairview struck gold in extras as Isaac Elrod scored on an error, and a suicide squeeze play by Turner made it 4-2. Gregory got the final batter to strike out to end the game, and the Aggies’ winning streak is now at seven after their 4-2 win over the Saints.

Gregory (two hits) and Turner (one hit) each finished with an RBI for Fairview (13-3). Colton Jennings added three hits, while Gannon Black and Barrett each collected a hit in the win. The duo of Jaxson Robertson and Gregory gave up just four hits and one earned run, walked three, and struck out seven.

Ashville 13 – Good Hope 4 (Baseball)

Ashville didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard in its opening at-bats, scoring five runs to take an early 5-0 lead. They added two more runs in the third and one more in the fourth to stretch their lead to 8-0. A two-run triple off the bat of Caden Drake cut it to 8-2 in the top of the fifth. Colbi Kilpatrick hit an RBI groundout, and Dakota Overton scored on an error in the sixth to make it a 9-4 game, but the Bulldogs put up four more runs in their half to give them a 13-4 lead. Ashville would go on to defeat Good Hope, 13-4.

Caden Drake finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs for Good Hope (8-5). Kilpatrick added an RBI. Brady Stripling ended up with a pair of hits, while Carter Rutherford, Ayden Black, Colten Whatley, Overton, and Mason Drake each added a hit in the loss.

Hanceville 10 – Oneonta 2 (Baseball)

Hanceville jumped on Oneonta in their opening at-bats as they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs. Nelson Arteaga (RBI double), Hunter Weeks (two-run single), Jake Cornelius (RBI single), Cody Belcher (RBI single), and Gabriel Ognilla (RBI triple) had the big hits for the Bulldogs that inning as that gave them a quick 9-0 lead. The Redskins put up a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut it to 9-2. Luke Brown hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth to push Hanceville’s lead to 10-2. That was more than enough run support for Ognilla as he gave up just three hits, two earned runs, walked three, and struck out five in the Bulldogs’ 10-2 win over Oneonta.

Ognilla and Weeks each finished with a hit and two RBIs for Hanceville (10-3). Cornelius added three hits and an RBI, while Belcher, Arteaga, Brown, and Hunter Black all collected a hit and an RBI in the win.

Vinemont 19 – Danville 6 (Baseball)

Danville jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After they were held scoreless through the first two innings, Vinemont’s offense exploded in the next two innings, putting up 11 runs. The big hits came from Jordan Eller (two-run single, third inning), Rush Sandlin (two-run single, fourth inning), and Jaxon Holcomb (two-run home run, fourth inning) as that gave them an 11-4 lead. The Eagles took a 13-6 lead into the top of the seventh, and added to their lead that inning, putting up six more runs to push their lead to 19-6. Ryne Dalton retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to help seal the 19-6 win for Vinemont.

All but one Eagle player drove in at least one run. Holcomb led the way for Vinemont (14-3) with four RBIs, including a two-run home run. Sandlin added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Rylan McRae went four-for-four with a pair of RBIs. Hale ended up with a trio of hits and two RBIs. Kayden Henderson (one hit) and Michael Foust each drove in two runs, while Eller (two hits), and Owen McKinney each collected an RBI in the win.

Lawrence County 11 – West Point 3 (Baseball)

Lawrence County didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard against West Point, scoring the first 10 runs of the game to take a 10-0 lead. The Warriors made it 10-2 in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Boston Freeman, and later made it 11-3 in the sixth on an RBI single by Deacon Stutchman. They didn’t get any closer after that, though as they ended up dropping their game to the Red Devils 11-3.

Boston Freeman finished with two hits and a pair of RBIs for West Point (6-7), while Stutchman added a pair of hits and an RBI in the loss.

DAR 13 – Holly Pond 3 (Softball)

DAR got out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the third, but Holly Pond countered in their half. They loaded the bases with one out, then an RBI single by Maggie Nail cut it to 3-1. Later that inning, Maycie Black stole home to make it 3-2. The Lady Patriots quickly broke the game wide open in the fourth, scoring seven times as that made it a 10-2 game. They added three more runs in the top of the fifth to give them a 13-2 lead. Black added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, but Holly Pond didn’t get any closer after that as DAR ended up collecting a 13-3 win over the Lady Broncos.

Black and Nail each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI for Holly Pond (2-6), while Lauryn Hoffman and Alaina Folds each added a hit in the loss.

Cold Springs 13 – Locust Fork 11 (Softball)

Both teams were tied at three going into the top of the fifth, but Locust Fork put up a run in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Cold Springs countered in their half as Brooklyn Ingram hit a two-run double, and Ciara Calvert added an RBI groundout to give them a 6-4 lead. The Lady Hornets put up three runs in the top of the sixth to give them the lead right back at 7-6. This wouldn’t be the last lead change in this game as the Lady Eagles answered right back in their half with four runs of their own to take an 11-7 lead.

Locust Fork tied the game up at 11 on a two-run home run with two RBIs. Cold Springs looked for some late-game heroics of their own in their half. Sadie Smith hit a leadoff single. After a sacrifice bunt by Cheyenne Bishop, Joci Williams got hit by the pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Cloe Shelton became the hero of the game as her game-winning two-run double gave the Lady Eagles a 13-11 win over Locust Fork.

Ingram (two hits), Calvert (one hit) and Shelton (one hit) each finished with three RBIs in the game for Cold Springs (4-4). Williams added a pair of RBIs, while Smith collected three hits and an RBI in the win.

Priceville 11 – Good Hope 8 (Softball)

Good Hope got out to a 1-0 lead in their half of the first on an RBI single by Haley Lay, but Priceville quickly tied the game up at one in the top of the seventh and added five more in the third to give them a 6-1 lead. A two-run triple by Kynzlee Garmon cut it to 6-3 in the Lady Raiders’ half of the third, but the Lady Bulldogs quickly pushed their lead to 10-3 in the top of the fifth. Good Hope made it 10-5 in their half on an RBI double by Molly Benefield and an RBI single by Natalie Miller and cut it to 10-6 in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Campbell Koch.

Priceville made it 11-6 in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Raiders made things a little interesting in their half. Miller reached on a two-out error, and Garmon hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to cut it to 11-8. They ended up falling just short at the end to the Lady Bulldogs 11-8.

Garmon had a big day at the plate, finishing with three hits and four RBIs for Good Hope (5-3). Koch, Lay, Benefield and Miller all added a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Curry 10 – West Point 0 (Softball)

It was all Curry in their game against West Point, scoring 10 runs, with six of them coming in the fifth, and the Lady Warriors were held to just two hits in the loss to the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Brinlee Phillips and Macie Brown finished with the only hits of the game for West Point (9-5).

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