Vinemont’s baseball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh on Thursday to complete a gritty 7-6 come-from-behind road win over J.B. Pennington.
After allowing the Tigers to score the first five runs of the ballgame, the Eagles responded with three runs in the sixth and four in the final frame. Ty Jones put the finishing touches on the comeback with a go-ahead double to knock in Duncan Hopper and Riley Foust. Blake Melton then helped preserve the victory with three “great defensive plays” in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jones finished 2 for 4 with the pair of RBIs on his two-base hit, while Hopper, who was responsible for two runs, added his own double in the last inning. Foust accounted for one hit and two RBIs.
Hopper pitched the first five innings for Vinemont, striking out five, walking none and allowing three earned runs. Braxton Heaton picked up the win by closing out the final two innings.
The 2-0 Eagles will travel to Brindlee Mountain on Saturday.
% Cold Springs 9, Hanceville 0: Coach Patrick West can’t remember the last time in the past four or five years the Eagles didn’t make a single error in a ballgame, much less the team’s season-opener.
There’s no doubt he’ll remember Cold Springs accomplishing the feat on Thursday, however, helping the young bunch begin the 2013 campaign with a convincing victory against their county rivals.
Rilee White appeared to be in mid-season form already for the Eagles, earning the win in the pitcher’s circle with a seven-strikeout, one-walk, three-hit, complete-game performance.
“She was throwing the the ball pretty hard for it being so cold,” West said. “She was bringing it tonight.”
McKinnley Davis had a fantastic debut at the plate with a 4-of-5 outburst that included a double and two RBIs. Haley Freeman chipped in a triple and two RBIs as part of a 2-for-4 outing. Bailey West was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and White helped her cause at pitcher with one RBI.
Cold Springs, which returns eight starters from last year’s squad, will open area play Tuesday on the road at 4:30 p.m. against Oakman.
“I’m hoping we’re starting to turn the quarter after taking our lumps last year,” Coach West said. “We’re still young, but most of these girls have experience.”
Middle School Soccer
Cullman’s middle school boys topped Oak Park Middle School 2-1 on Thursday night. Isaac Rodriguez scored both goals to keep his squad undefeated.
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