CULLMAN — St. Bernard's girls soccer team let loose for four first-half goals and added two more in the second to hand Susan Moore a 6-0 shutout Tuesday at home.
Aimme Cortes, Logan Ayers, Greer Cauthen and Abbie Mescher put the game out of reach by the break. The second string made the most of their playing time in the closing stretch, with Griselda Silva punching in her first-ever goal for the Lady Saints and Zana Wilson rounding out the scoring. Mescher and Cortes each had an assist.
The win was St. Bernard's first of the season after a tough-luck start. The Saints dropped their opening game 1-0 to Brewer in the last two-and-a-half minutes. They allowed four goals to Altamont in the first 13 minutes of their follow-up but quickly adjusted to only fall 5-0.
St. Bernard (1-2) will host Pope John Paul II for an area contest next Tuesday.
% West Point 9, Curry 2: The Warriors have wasted no time taking off on a season-opening four-game tear.
Tanner Rusk claimed the win with five strikeouts in six innings, while Jordan McKenzie closed out the victory with one K in the final frame.
Adam Stewart aided the winning effort with two hits, four RBIs and a run. Jaxson Garrison also added a pair of singles, one of the two-out, two-RBI variety. Bryant Farley reeled off yet another double, two more stolen bases and a run.
Other West Point offensive contributors were Riley Voce, single; Levi Laney and Derrick Sloan, one run and RBI apiece; Blake Yearwood, two runs; and Will Wrenn, run.
The Warriors will head to Parker Saturday, one week after sweeping a home doubleheader against the Thundering Herd.
% Holly Pond 14, Vinemont 7: After beginning on an 0-3 skid, the Broncos are now on a two-game run in the right direction.
The Green and White led 7-1 after the end of the third and put five runs on the board in the top of the fifth after the Eagles had closed the gap to 9-5.
“It was a pretty good day,” Holly Pond coach Brett Neal said. “We put the ball in play, and we had a couple of timely hits.”
Hunter Townson (1-0) was the winning pitcher after tossing three effective innings in relief. The senior fanned five and allowed four hits, two runs and a walk. He was also deadly at the plate, finishing 2 for 5 with three runs, three steals and two RBIs.
“He's the one you kind of put the bell on,” Neal said of Townson. “He's the bell cow. He really loves baseball. That's his thing.”
In his first game following basketball season, Nathan Duke was a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs and three steals. M.J. Ford was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs, while Trey Jowers went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Sam Wood spotted a 3-for-4 clip for Vinemont with a double and RBI. Takota Milwood was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Josh Kent was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
Holly Pond will try to make it three in a row Thursday at Good Hope. Vinemont (0-2) will head to Brindlee Mountain.
% St. Bernard 14, Jefferson Christian 3: The Saints certainly didn't leave their bats at home, accumulating 15 singles, a double and a triple in a five-inning win.
John Gurtowki tallied five strikeouts as St. Bernard's starter. Evan Aldridge K'd three in relief.
The Saints will welcome Holy Family to campus on Thursday.
% Vinemont 19, Hanceville 0: The Lady Eagles scored in bunches of a three-inning county contest Tuesday at home.
Vinemont was up by a comfy 13-0 cushion following the first frame. Senior Katie Speer cranked a three-run homer to left field and later singled, while Allison Fowler, Grace Griggs, Sky Bolton and Raven Christiansen all poked two singles apiece in the inning. Valerie Barnes also had a double and Kiersten Simmons, a single.
The second stanza wasn't much different, with Simmons and Griggs adding doubles and hits from Christiansen, Caitlin Kuykendall, Fowler and Barnes helping stretch the lead.
Christiansen struck out five of the 10 batters she faced.
The Lady Eagles will put their 2-0 record on the line next Monday against visiting Cold Springs. The Bulldogs (0-1) will host Appalachian Thursday.
% West Point 5, Good Hope 2: The Lady Warriors notched a four-run fourth inning on Tuesday night to take home a W over the Raiders.
Karlee Beck picked up the victory for West Point, striking out 10 batters and scattering seven hits. Darby Randolph earned a tough loss with a line of four hits, five walks and five whiffs.
Jamie Beasley and Daeshia Smith each notched a hit and an RBI apiece for the Warriors.
Alannah Henke collected three base knocks for Good Hope, while Maegan Sterling and Bailey Starnes also netted hits.
% Cullman 7, Bob Jones 4: The Class 6A Patriots are the kind of school that seem to be good at just about every sport they play.
That's what made the Lady Bearcats' three-run road triumph all the more meaningful on Tuesday.
Olivia Schwaiger earned the win on the mound. Kaitlyn Brannon had two hits and scored two runs. Sierra Easterwood popped a two-run double, while Hannah Morton and Tiffani Schwaiger each had a hit and an RBI in the victory.
The Black and Gold will hold their home opener on Thursday versus Cordova, the foe they recently bested to kick off the 2014 campaign.
% Meek 16, St. Bernard 1: The first pitch of the year for the Lady Saints belonged to Zoie Wilson, who walloped her first-ever home run to start her senior season off with a bang.
St. Bernard will be off until a home game next Thursday against Decatur Heritage.
Cullman's girls and boys found themselves on the winning side of respective blowouts over the past two days.
The Bearcat boys crushed Muscle Shoals 9-0 Monday, while the Black and Gold girls slammed Decatur Heritage 7-0 Tuesday.
Individual contributors were unknown.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.