The Cullman Times
GOOD HOPE —
For Good Hope’s Cara Goodwin, most games this season have been like Christmas mornings to the senior.
On Tuesday afternoon, she found yet another present under the tree, as the Raider ace tossed a five-inning perfect game with 11 strikeouts against Hanceville in the first round of the Class 3A, Area 11 tourney to give her team the 10-0 victory.
The perfecto was number seven on the year, giving Goodwin the state record for perfect games in a season, surpassing Millry’s Kristen Skinner, who set the previous mark of six back in 2007. She’s also one no-hitter away from tying that state record with 14, set by Daphne’s Sarah Sigrest in 2008.
“That’s a special deal,” coach Wayne Harris said. “That shows you just how hard she’s worked over her career.”
At the plate, it was Alannah Henke who showed out for No. 2 Good Hope, collecting two hits and driving in four runs. Maegan Sterling (two hits), Goodwin (two hits) and Darcie Wilson (two hits, one RBI) were other key contributors for the Raiders.
Bailie Andrews had a hit and an RBI, while teammate Kacy Thomas chipped in with a two-run hit of her own.
% Good Hope 5, Vinemont 2: In the nightcap of the winners’ bracket, the Raiders secured their ticket into the title tilt with a three-run victory over their county foe.
Goodwin went the distance again for Good Hope (35-7), scattering five hits and fanning 16 Eagle batters to get the win.
The senior was dominant at the plate as well, picking up three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning.
Henke and Andrews were good for two hits apiece, while Savannah Fendley and Wilson each collected a base knock.
Due to potential inclement weather on Thursday, the final day of the Area 11 tournament has been moved to Wednesday starting at 2 p.m., where Vinemont will meet the winner of Danville and Hanceville to move on to the championship game at 3:30 p.m.
% Vinemont 5, Danville 0: The Eagles shutout their area rival in earlier play to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday.
No stats were known by presstime.
Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament
VERNON — Following a tough 11-0 loss to Oakman, Cold Springs bounced back admirably, sinking Sulligent 5-3 to keep its season alive for more one day.
Bailey West collected three hits at the plate to lead the Eagles, while teammates McKinnley Davis and Haley Freeman each notched a two-run hits. Savannah Taylor also chipped into with a hit and an RBI.
Rilee White was strong on the mound for Cold Springs, tossing a complete game, while allowing six hits and striking out nine batters.
Cold Springs will play Oakman again Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Prep Girls Golf
Cullman placed fifth in Tuesday’s sectional golf tournament at Cullman Golf Course, while Fairview came up just two strokes behind in sixth place.
The Bearcats finished with a team score of 300 with the Aggies carding a 302. Hartselle was the top team, shooting a very solid 252.
For the Aggies, Abbi Yeager led the way with a 91, while teammates Sadie Boyd (104), Maci Yeager (107) and Sarah Harper (111) all helped contribute to Fairview’s finish.
% The Times' Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.