HANCEVILLE — The all-important area series between Vinemont's and Hanceville's baseball teams will come down to Wednesday's rubber game after the county foes split a pair of contests on Tuesday.
Senior Duncan Hopper pitched the Eagles to a 10-2 victory to start things off, while Hayden Loggins ruled the mound in a 12-2 rout for the Bulldogs.
Hopper was exceptional in the opener, striking out 15 and allowing four hits.
Loggins answered the call in the nightcap, however, giving up just three hits and striking out five to allow Keith Twitty and Christian James to do their damage at the plate. Both players sported a pair of hits, and Twitty added an RBI.
The rivals will play the series clincher Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Vinemont.
% Holly Pond 4, Mortimer Jordan 1: With ace Montana Holcombe still on the shelf with a nagging injury, lefty Emily Thompson served as a more-than serviceable starting pitcher, piling on five K's in a big-time Bronco win over the Blue Devils, Class 5A's No. 7 squad.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Green and White, who improved to 7-8-1.
Samantha Hinds and Katlyn Whitehead both slugged doubles. Hinds also came through with an RBI, while Whitehead was responsible for a run.
Taylor Rowell contributed a hit and a run.
Prep Girls Soccer
% St. Bernard 6, Fultondale 0: Logan Ayers and Aimme Cortes racked up hat tricks, and Bree McPherson was flawless at goalkeeper to notch a Saint shutout on Tuesday at home.
When Cortes wasn't scoring her own goals, she was helping her teammates find the back of the net by adding two assists. Ayers and Abbie Mescher had one assist apiece.
St. Bernard's boys lost 5-0 to the Wildcats in an area game.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.