- Cullman, Alabama

March 14, 2014

PREP ROUNDUP: Cullman shines in doubleheader sweep of 6A Gardendale

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

GARDENDALE — For the second time in four days, Cullman’s baseball team secured a doubleheader sweep over a Class 6A opponent.

On Tuesday, it was Grissom. On Friday, the 5A No. 3 Bearcats walked onto Gardendale’s home turf and boarded the bus a few hours later with a two wins to improve to 12-7 on the season.

Brent Patterson’s squad squeaked by the Rockets 3-2 in the first game of the afternoon before grounding them completely in the latter contest with a decisive 11-1 victory.

“We played pretty good and pitched it pretty good today,” said Patterson, whose team has won five straight contests. “We are coming out lately with some good consistency on the mound and on defense. I’m really pleased with that. We’re just trying to get a little better offensively.”

Cullman led 1-0 in the second inning of Game 1 before senior Keaton Dean roped a two-run double to center field to give his a three-run advantage. Sam Huser and Orvis Cuello had one hit apiece for the Bearcats in the win.

Freshman Owen Lovell was dynamite on the mound yet again for the Black and Gold, tossing five innings of sublime baseball. He allowed two hits, walked one and punched out two. Carter Bowen pitched the final two frames and surrendered a couple of unearned runs before closing up shop to pick up the save.

“Owen was really, really good tonight,” Patterson said. “And we played great defense behind him, too.”

In Game 2, Cullman’s pitching remained stout — but its bats came alive with ferocity.

Cuello went 3 for 3 at the plate, while both Kolby Robinson and Lance Cleveland socked two hits — the latter cleared the bases with a double in the seventh and finished his night with five RBIs — to help the Bearcats secure the easy win.

Maison Goodwin, Dean, Clay Krout, Cole Collins and Lovell all had one hit each. Lovell, Krout and Huser each notched an RBI.

“We found some holes,” Patterson said. “We put together a few pretty good at-bats and ran the bases well. We are getting some big two-out hits, too.”

Auston Neal, Jesse Scott and Noah Fondren combined for a superb one-hitter. The trio struck out 10 batters and did not issue a single free pass.

Cullman is back home against East Limestone on Tuesday for a critical area doubleheader.

Oneonta Invitational

Holly Pond’s softball team picked up a 3-1 win over Leeds on Friday afternoon at the Oneonta Invitational.

Montana Holcombe was exemplary, striking out 17 and giving up just one hit in seven innings of work. She also had two RBIs at the plate in the opening bout.

Taylor Tankersley had two hits and scored two runs, while her teammate Kolby Holcombe also had a pair of knocks in the win.

Albertville Invitational

Cullman’s track and field squads turned in solid performances on Thursday afternoon at Albertville High School.

The Bearcat boys and girls each came in second place — the boys trailed Albertville by 32 points, while the girls were closer at just 10 points behind winner Brooks — to continue what has been a strong season so far in the month of March.

Kyle Norris claimed first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:33.89. Teammate Garrison Hill was the best in the field with a 13’ leap in the pole vault. Walker Caretti, Peyton Little, Tyler Davis and LJ Patterson teamed up for a blistering 3:47 time in the 4X400-meter relay to secure top honors in the event.

Caretti (800-meter run) and Patterson (300-meter hurdles) each earned second-place marks in the respective fields, while the latter was also good for third in the long jump. Norris was third as well in the 800-meter run to round out top athletes.

St. Bernard’s Steven Mami placed third in the 3,200 meter-run and was only other local participant to make any noise.

Ann Carol Braswell was the lone top-finisher for the girls, as she grabbed an event win in the pole vault with a jump of 7’3”.

Savanna Canter was second in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Olivia Kontogeorge notched a runner-up in the triple jump as well. Canter secured third in the 100-meter dash, while Kontogeorge topped out her performace following the same finish in shot put. Kesley Wren (high jump) and Allie Gipson (long jump) each placed third as well.

Canter, Wren, Gipson and Tayler Blalock teamed up to grab first in the 4X100 relay with a time of 54.05.

Ayleana Mami ran herself right to a first-place showing in the 3,200-meter run (11:47.73) and came up just a little short in 1,600-meter to claim a runner-up spot. She, along with Jaden Edge, Ivy Edge and Leahrose Mami, earned an easy victory in the 4X800 relay as the only team with a time less 11:00 (10.51).

Leahrose Mami grabbed second in the 3,200-meter run and third in the 1,600-meter run to round out the Saints’ evening.

Mortimer Jordan Invitational

Vinemont had a few athletes put up some solid numbers on Thursday afternoon as well.

Nathan Handley won the 1,600-meter run with a 5:00.63 to represent the Eagles as the lone first-place honoree — he also grabbed second in the 3,200-meter — while teammates Kurtis Brawner (discus) and Bo Wright (javelin) grabbed third in their respective events. Tori Wisener was third in the javelin for the Lady Eagles.

% The Times’ Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.