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February 25, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: St. Bernard girls soccer, Warrior, Bronco, Saint baseball, Vinemont, Cullman softball earn Tuesday wins

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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.

 

Softball

% 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.

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