Cullman and West Point are in the same county, in the same classification and separated by a mere six-mile drive, yet somehow, the rivals' tennis teams weren't placed in the same section.
That fact hasn't kept the schools' from scheduling a match each and every year, which worked out for the Bearcat boys on Friday at home, where they walloped the Warriors 9-0 to improve to 8-1 on the season.
Top-seeded Clint Watson rolled over West Point’s Josh Looney 6-1,6-0 to get the ball rolling for Cullman. No. 2 Baylor Adams defeated Damon Calvert 6-0, 6-2, while No. 3 Jacob Davis fought off Justin Burnett to earn a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 victory.
Ryan Hunt (No. 4) and Matthew Davis (No. 5) bageled both their Warrior opponents 6-0, 6-0. Luke Bowden rounded out the wins with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Mason Voce. Jacob Lambert was also victorius in exhibition play by an 8-5 final.
In doubles’ play, No. 1 Adams and J. Davis took out Looney and Burnett 6-0, 6-4. Watson and Bowden were successful as the No. 2 tandem, earning a 6-2, 6-2 victory, while Hunt and M. Davis won 6-1, 7-5 to preserve a perfect 9-0 day.
Lambert and Parker Adams also earned a 7-6, 6-1 victory in exhibition play.
Both Cullman squads will take on Muscle Shoals at home on Monday. The Bearcats’ boys and girls just bested the Trojans on their home-courts on Thursday.
% Good Hope 1, West Point 0: The No. 8 Raiders improved their record to 11-5 on the season with a low-scoring victory over the Warriors on Friday.
Cara Goodwin pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit and one walk. The UAB signee, who struck out 13, had her no-hit bid broken up by West Point’s Mallory Walker with two outs in the seventh inning.
Good Hope scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning when Maegan Sterling hit a sacrifice bunt that scored Alannah Henke, who singled earlier in the frame.
The Raiders will host Falkville on Monday. The Warriors will welcome Vinemont.
Blast from the Past
Cullman High graduate Chase Mallard pitched two scoreless innings of relief for UAB on Friday, preserving a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso.
Mallard encountered some trouble in the ninth inning but was able to pitch around it, notching a strikeout to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
Ben Moore, another former Bearcat, was at his best for Alabama’s baseball team in a 12-1 home win over Tennessee on Friday.
Moore finished with two hits, including a two-out, bases-clearing double to right-center field in the second inning.
His 14 RBIs are good for second on the Tide, while his two home runs are tied for the team lead with Brett Booth.
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