- Cullman, Alabama

April 3, 2013

ROUNDUP: Lions in thick of conference race following 4-game sweep

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HANCEVILLE — Wallace State’s starting pitchers collectively found their groove against Lawson State during a four-game conference sweep, which concluded Monday night. The starting unit surrendered only  two runs in 24 combined innings, and all four notched victories.

Vinemont-product Izaac Yarbrough (3-1) polished the sweep with a gem Monday, yielding only four hits in six scoreless innings. Robby Clements pitched a perfect seventh inning to complete the 4-0 victory.

Alex Hegner (2-2) tossed a two-hit, seven-inning gem in the second game of the series, striking out five in a 4-0 win over the weekend.

Right-handers Bret Marks (3-2) and Jacob Croft (5-3) were also winning pitchers.

Sophomores Nathan Vincent and Jeremiah Tullidge carried the load offensively for Wallace State (19-12, 11-5 ACCC). Vincent finished the series 8 for 14 with a triple, two doubles and eight RBIs, while Tullidge was 9 for 12 with a pair of  doubles and five runs scored.

Sawyer Williams contributed six hits and five RBIs during the four-game tilt, Brodie Jeffery had five hits, three RBIs and scored four runs, and Zac Hatfield and Haydon Bogard had five hits apiece.

Wallace State was tied with Shelton State atop the ACCC North Division heading into a critical road doubleheader against conference-foe Snead State on Wednesday.

The Lions won the first game 10-0 but dropped the second 7-1.

Jacob Croft struck out six in six innings to earn the win in the opener, while Andrew Dennis was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with two doubles. Zac Hatfield joined the party with a home run.

Wallace State will return home Saturday for another doubleheader against Snead State. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Prep Baseball

‰ Vinemont 5 Danville 2:
Duncan Hopper put the Eagles in the driver’s seat for a second straight area series, striking out three and holding the Hawks to two runs in six innings on Tuesday.

Braxton Heaton pitched the final inning to earn the save.

Hopper’s contributions weren’t just limited to the mound. The senior also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.

Ty Jones and Sam Wood both had a hit apiece, while Jones also added a pair of runs.

Vinemont, now 14-7, will host Danville today in the rivals’ final area matchup. The Eagles need a victory to keep their postseason aspirations alive with a series still looming against Good Hope.  

Prep Soccer

Following a lengthy layoff for spring break, Cullman’s soccer programs returned to the field Monday night, piling on a pair of wins by its varsity and junior varsity boys versus Walker.

The big-boy Bearcats rode goals from Nick Harbin and Cody McCluskey to a 2-1 victory, while the JV squad capitalized on scores from Jack Baker, Osvaldo Bautista, Jonathan Reyes and Seth Andrews to corral a 4-1 final.

Andrews was rather helpful with three assists. The other was credited to Eric Ayala.

Cullman’s varsity girls narrowly lost to Albertville 2-1 at home. Savannah Rakestraw booted in the Black and Gold’s lone goal.

The Bearcats’ junior varsity/middle school team fell 4-1. Ninfa Moreno was Cullman’s only scorer.

Both Black and Gold teams are scheduled to face section-rival Athens today. Games will be moved to Friday pending predicted rainy conditions.

Prep Golf

Cullman’s boys finished tied for eighth out of a 20-team field with a total score of 326 at the Bill Easterling Memorial, which was hosted by Bob Jones.

Sylas Elliott and Lee Mattox led the way with respective rounds of 76 and 77, followed by Colby Sandlin (85), Conner Stevens (88) and Garrett Crider (99).

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