- Cullman, Alabama

April 1, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: Hanceville baseball bests area-rival Raiders 10-9 in 11-inning thriller to complete Tuesday sweep

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

GOOD HOPE — Hanceville didn’t much like playing from behind in last week’s area series versus Vinemont.

The Dawgs won’t have to do the same this time around against Good Hope, not after topping the Raiders 9-0 and 10-9 in an 11-inning thriller on Tuesday.

The decisive blow in the nightcap came off the bat of Dant’e Reese, who drove in Hayden Loggins with a single up the middle. Loggins had been standing on second after starting the rally with a double.

Branen Hurst went the first five innings for Hanceville, and Isaac Hardin earned the decision with six innings of relief. Nathan Doss tossed 10 innings for Good Hope (0-3 area).

The Bulldogs (19-7, 2-1 area) will go for the series sweep Wednesday at home.

% J.B. Pennington 3, Holly Pond 0: The Tigers pushed all of their runs across in the second inning and never looked back to spoil the Broncos’ previously perfect area record on Tuesday.

Holly Pond’s Hunter Townson finished his six-inning start on a solid note, giving up just one hit and facing two batters over the minimum throughout the final four frames. The first two innings — particularly the second — weren’t quite as kind, though, resulting in four hits and three runs allowed.

Townson (4-4) struck out five and walked two.

“We had our one bad inning,” Bronco coach Brett Neal said. “But when you don’t score, you don’t need any bad innings.”

Townson, Zac Naler, Jake Harris and Hunter Nelson all had a hit apiece for Holly Pond, which dropped to 10-14 overall and 2-1 in area play.

The Broncos will head back home for the rematch Thursday. The area foes will play a tiebreaker if Holly Pond wins the first game.

Prep Soccer

St. Bernard’s girls soccer team wasted no time breaking out of its spring break doldrums, using two first-half goals from Abbie Mescher and a late go-ahead goal from Logan Ayers to bypass Oneonta 3-2 on Tuesday.

The Lady Saint defense, led by Meg Borths, kept the Redskins off the scoreboard until 12 minutes into the second half. The home squad added another goal shortly thereafter to tie the score at 2-2, setting up Ayers’ decider down the stretch.

Ayers also accounted for an assist.

The score was the same but the roles were reversed in the boys’ game.

Jacob Mynatt (place kick) and Alex Anderson (breakaway) were St. Bernard’s offensive contributors. Landon Skinner minded the net exceptionally well for the Saints.

Prep Golf

Fairview claimed a pair of runner-up finishes at its Chesley Oaks Spring Classic on Tuesday, one as a team and the other by Trey Hanvey.

Hanvey anchored the Aggies with a 76, only two strokes back of low medalist Anthony Lumpkin from Douglas. Seth Lancaster (81), James Arnold (89) and Austin Scott (99) rounded out the hosts combined total of 345, which was second only to White Plains (318).

Hayden Maples was the top dog on the second team Fairview fielded with an 82.

Cold Springs’ Layne Rice hovered around the top of the leaderboard with a 79. Teammate Tristan Wlliams carded an 88.  

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.