The Cullman Times
The Good Hope softball team played four games and roped in three victories on Friday and Saturday at the Brewer Lady Patriots Invitational.
The No. 3 Raiders thumped Falkville 10-2, Brewer 7-0 and Muscle Shoals 6-0 but lost to area-rival Danville 7-6 to improve to 32-7.
Cara Goodwin was the winning pitcher versus the Blue Devils, tossing three innings of one-hit ball to go with eight strikeouts. Darby Randolph also pitched three innings for Good Hope, allowing two hits and fanning one.
Bailie Andrews, Alannah Henke and Maegan Sterling each came up with two hits, while Goodwin and Savannah Fendley added one apiece.
Goodwin tacked on another W in the next contest with 12 K’s and one hit allowed over six innings against Brewer. She also had one hit and two RBIs.
Sterling and Fendley both had one hit and one RBI, and Henke and Darcie Wilson each had one hit.
After cruising to those wins on Friday, things didn’t come quite as easy for the Raiders in their first game on Saturday morning.
Randolph struck out three and gave up nine hits and four walks in a complete-game outing, while a handful of other sloppy mistakes played a part in the one-run Danville defeat.
“We’re a tired team after playing 10 games in six days, but we still should’ve won,” Good Hope coach Wayne Harris said “Shoulda coulda woulda. We did everything we possibly could not to win.”
Andrews, Henke and Sterling each pitched in two hits, while Andrews and Henke also notched one RBI apiece. Tillman had a hit and an RBI, and Goodwin, Wilson and Kacy Thomas had hits as well.
The Raiders returned to winning form in time for their last contest of the Invitational, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings versus the Trojans.
Goodwin went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits.
Andrews capped off an exceptional two days at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. Thomas and Tillman also sported a pair of hits. Goodwin and Henke each had one hit and one RBI, and Wilson and Sterling were good for hits.
Good Hope will travel to Double Springs on Monday for a game against Winston County.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.