PREP SOFTBALL: Bearcats rally to topple Lawrence County 10-9

Cullman came from behind to defeat Lawrence County 10-9 Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After defeating Muscle Shoals Monday night, the Bearcats were back on the field Tuesday for a matchup against a strong Lawrence County team. The Red Devils put five runs on the board in the first inning and made it a 6-0 game in the second, but Cullman continued to battle and finally broke through with five runs in the fifth. The Bearcats tacked on five more in the sixth to take their first lead of the game and held off a late push from Lawrence County in the final frame to complete the comeback and win it 10-9.

The Red Devils strung together five hits in the top of the first to jump out to a 5-0 lead and a solo home run extended the lead to 6-0 in the top of the second. After two scoreless innings, the momentum began to shift. Hattie Graham led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and after a pair of errors loaded the bases, an Abby Maples single drove in Brooklyn Morton and Kacie West to cut the lead to 6-2. One pitch later, Dracen Bates knocked a double into left field, plating Kylie Stracener and trimming the lead to three. Kynlei Story kept the rally going with another single, bringing Maples home to score and later in the inning, Bates scored on an RBI groundout from Taylor Au to make it a 6-5 game going into the sixth.

Lawrence County led off the top of the sixth with another solo home run to build the lead up to 7-5 but Cullman’s bats stayed hot when they got back up to the plate. The ‘Cats led off the bottom of the sixth with back to back doubles from Graham and Morton, trimming the lead to 7-6. Morton scored on a passed ball later in the inning to tie things up at 7 and three straight singles from Storey, Au and Reese Hopper pushed three more runs across the plate to put Cullman in front 10-7.

A two-out, two-run double allowed the Red Devils to cut into the lead in the top of the seventh, but Storey struck out the next batter to secure a 10-9 win for the Bearcats.

Storey finished with three hits and a pair of RBIs at the plate and Au (one hit) and Maples (one hit) each posted two RBIs as well. Graham added two hits and Bates (one hit), Morton (one hit) and Hopper each finished with an RBI.

Cullman will be on the road Thursday to take on Pinson Valley.

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