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April 10, 2013

CULLMAN COUNTY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Raiders ride Goodwin, offense to 10-0 county title romp over Cold Springs (PHOTO GALLERY)

VINEMONT — Good Hope’s Cara Goodwin typically does her talking on the pitching mound, having already thrown five perfect games this season to go along with numerous no-hitters and a plethora of shutouts.

So, it should come as no surprise when Goodwin’s two-hit shutout helped put the finishing touches on the Raiders’ 10-0 Cullman County Softball Tournament championship victory over Cold Springs on Wednesday afternoon, the senior was short on words — but high on emotion.

“It felt awesome,” the ace exclaimed of her team’s win. “Yeah.”

Goodwin and her teammates were certainly awesome against the Eagles, as Goodwin struck out nine batters over five innings, and Good Hope’s bats produced eight fifth-inning runs to mercy their county foe and earn their first county title since 2010. It was the 17th win in a row for the No. 4 Raiders, whose record improved to 25-5 on the season.

“It was a great game for us,” coach Wayne Harris said. “These girls finished what they started on Monday against a good team.”

Harris’ squad put up its first run in the first inning off an RBI groundout from Alannah Henke that scored Kayla Tillman, who singled to leadoff the frame.

Neither offense could get much going after that, however, as both Goodwin and Cold Springs’ Rilee White were on top of their games early.

After a couple of Eagle singles in the first two innings, Goodwin said she and catcher Darcie Wilson made a small adjustment that paid huge dividends in the last three frames.

“This game was different than the last one with them because they were sitting on my rise ball,” the All-American said. “So me and Darcie decided to throw them a lot of drop balls, and it worked pretty well.”

Following the change in strategy, Goodwin retired seven of the next nine batters by strikeout.

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