COLD SPRINGS —
It’s not safe to stand too close to Sylas Elliott right now. Take the risk, and you might just catch fire.
The Cullman No. 1 kept up a red-hot start to his senior season Saturday at the West Morgan Invitational, surviving a seven-hole playoff with Lawrence County’s Jesse Childress to add yet another low-medalist award to his growing pile. Elliott has taken the top prize three times this spring and roped in runner-up honors in the only two other events he’s entered.
Elliott forced bonus golf by carding a 2-under 70 on his first 18 holes at Point Mallard.
“I’m really proud of everything that Sylas has accomplished this year,” Cullman coach Brandon Dingler said. “He really ahd to hit several clutch shots to win the overall award. He faced some adversity and kept his mental focus.”
The Bearcats finished only behind Hartselle and Guntersville with a combined score of 319. Colby Sandlin helped out with an 80, closely followed by Weston Rakestraw’s 82.
Dingler had glowing words for both contributors.
“Colby is continually improving,” he said said. “He had some minor injuries he is having to battle through. I have full confidence Colby is just a few shots away from having some great rounds.
“Weston is on the verge of really pushing for some more playing time with the varsity time on a more regular basis.”
Cold Springs extended its win streak to four games Saturday following a couple of comeback victories during the Good Hope Round Round Tournament.
The Eagles used a four-run fifth inning to surge past Prattville Christian 5-3 in a five-inning Game 1. Savanna Taylor got things going with a leadoff double before Bailey West cracked a single to bring up McKinnley Davis, who promptly tied the bout with a two-run double.
Cold Springs tacked on two additional runs — a Rilee White RBI double and a Kelsey Hester RBI single — to take home the win and carry momentum into its second contest.
“I like those come-from-behind wins,” coach Patrick West said. “That’s pretty impressive. You don’t know how they’re going to respond or if they’re going to fold. They just kept battling.”
Davis had two hits and two RBIs, while West, Hanna Wilson, Rilee White, Hester and Taylor each notched one base knock.
Rilee White pitched all five innings, striking out six batters.
Game 2 had much of the same vibe as its predecessor.
Trailing Good Hope late in the contest, the Eagles (11-5) scored two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to earn a 6-2 victory.
Taylor Payne collected two hits and two RBIs, while Davis was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Haley Freeman notched two hits. West, White and Hester all had a hit. White netted an RBI and tossed six innings of two-hit ball, striking out six.
Alannah Henke drove in both of Good Hope’s run on a double.
West Point defeated the Lady Raiders 11-3. Kara Elam had three hits, and Daeshia Smith and Kayla Sullins each chipped in two.
Good Hope’s Darby Randolph slugged her first career home run, a solo shot, in the first inning.
The Lady Raiders also tied Vinemont 2-2. Annabeth Sterling evened the score for Good Hope. with a two-run double in the bottom of the final inning. All contests at the tourney were timed.