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May 9, 2014

PREP SOFTBALL: Eagles, Broncos extend seasons with wins at respective regional tournaments

CULLMAN — Patrick West genuinely thought his Cold Springs softball squad could defeat its first two opponents during Day 1 at the North Central Regional Tournament on Friday evening in Tuscaloosa.

Turns out, the longtime coach was exactly right.

The Class 2A Eagles ousted Vincent 7-3 in their first game before a quality 5-0 win over Pleasant Valley to enter Saturday needing just one victory to seal a berth at the state tournament.

“We did what we wanted to do,” West said. “(That second game) was the best we’ve played against the best team we have played all season. I think we raised the bar a little. The girls are excited. I thought we could do it.”

Rilee White continued her torrid season, tossing a complete game against Pleasant Valley with three strikeouts and three hits allowed. She was also 3 of 3 at the plate with two RBIs.

Other contributors were Bailey West, three hits; McKinnley Davis, two hits; Haley Freeman, two hits and an RBI; Savanna Taylor, a hit; and Hanna Wilson, an RBI.

The win sets up a possible rematch with Lamar County, an area foe that’s defeated the Eagles seven straight times, at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

White also shone in the first contest for Cold Springs with a terrific three-hit day to go along with a six-inning performance in the pitcher's circle, where she yielded three hits and struck out seven batters.

Kelsey Hester pitched the seventh and struck out two. She also notched two hits and two RBIs in the win.

Davis had two base knocks, while Taylor Payne had an RBI double. Wilson and Taylor each had one hit, while Freeman secured two RBIs.

“We had 10 hits in that game, and we actually hit about four missiles right at them,” West said. “We hit the ball really well in both games.”

% Gordo 13, Good Hope 2: The Raiders fell on hard times in their Game 1 matchup in Tuscaloosa on Friday evening. Good Hope was led by Alannah Henke’s two hits and one RBI. Bailie Andrews, Darby Randolph and Bailey Starnes each had a base hit in the loss, with the latter also contributing an RBI.

The Raiders were scheduled to play Northside later on for a win-or-go-home contest.

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