PREP SOFTBALL: West Point eliminates Fairview in area tournament, Vinemont splits area tournament matchups

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The West Point Lady Warriors split their opening matchups of the 5A, Area 12 tournament with Hayden and Fairview Friday night. (West Point Lady Warrior Softball)

SPRINGVILLE, Ala. – West Point and Fairview hit the road to Springville Friday afternoon to get this year’s 5A, Area 12 Tournament underway and after dropping both their games in the opening round, the Warriors and Aggies clashed in the loser’s bracket. Fairview fell to Springville in game one 16-0 and West Point fell to Hayden 4-3 on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh to set up an elimination game between the Aggies and Warriors. West Point plated four runs in the fifth to pull ahead 6-1 and tacked on five more in the sixth to secure an 11-1 win in six innings.

The Warriors will be back at Springville tomorrow for a rematch with Hayden in an elimination game at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile in Blountsville, the Vinemont Eagles were competing in this year’s 3A, Area 13 Tournament at J.B. Pennington and the Eagles split their Friday games to advance to day two. Vinemont handled Susan Moore 12-1 before falling to J.B. Pennington 10-0. Vinemont will face Susan Moore in an elimination game Monday at 4:30 p.m.

West Point 11 – Fairview 1

After a scoreless first inning, West Point scored on a fielder’s choice and an error to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. An RBI single from Addison Phillips drove Emily Benson across the plate in the top of the third to cut the lead to 2-1 but after a scoreless fourth inning, the Lady Warriors extended their lead in the fifth.

An RBI single from Brinlee Phillips put West Point in front 3-1. Macie Brown knocked a double into right field and Kylee Quinn ripped a single back up the middle to stretch the Warriors’ lead to 5-1. Katie Beth Yovino sent an RBI triple into right field to make it a 6-1 game going into the sixth and West Point’s bats stayed hot when they got back to the plate.

Ella Minck laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring in another run and make it 7-1 and Brown barreled up another RBI single to stretch the lead to 8-1. Yovino drove in a run with an RBI single and two more Warriors scored on passed balls to wrap up an 11-1 win over Fairview.

Vinemont 12 – Susan Moore 1

Vinemont didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Arleigh Thomason got hit by the pitch to lead off the inning and came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard first. They loaded the bases with one out, then a bases-loaded walk, an RBI single by Emma Dortch, another bases-loaded walk, an RBI single off the bat off Brinlee Pair, a two-run single by Thomason, an RBI single by Haley Millwood, and a passed ball pushed their lead to 9-0.

Vinemont made it 10-0 in the second on an RBI double by Alaina Sandlin. A two-run single by Maci Smith in the third gave the Lady Eagles a 12-0 lead. Susan Moore hit an RBI single in the fourth to avoid the shutout, but Vinemont would be too much for them in the end, as the Lady Eagles ended up knocking off the Lady Bulldogs, 12-1, to move on to the next round.

Thomason (two RBIs), Smith (two RBIs), and Sandlin (two RBIs) each finished with a hit in the game for Vinemont. Millwood, Brooklyn Knott, Dortch, and Pair each collected a hit and an RBI in the win. Thomason gave up just two hits, one unearned run, and struck out three in her five innings of work for the Lady Eagles.

J.B. Pennington 10 – Vinemont 0

It would be all J.B. Pennington in this game against Vinemont. They scored three runs in the first and second inning, added three more in the fourth, and ended the game by putting up one more in the fifth to help seal their 10-0 win over the Lady Eagles.

Katelyn Evans and Knott collected the only hits of the game for Vinemont.

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