The Cullman Times
LOCUST FORK —
A mere two days after a hard-fought 9-8 loss to Locust Fork to open up area play, Fairview was poised to go on the road and return the favor to Hornets on Wednesday.
The Aggies did so and then some, garnering an 8-1 blowout win to claim an area series win.
Luke Bailey was unconscious for Fairview, tossing a complete game four-hitter, allowing one unearned run, while striking out 10 and walking two.
“I was working on my mechanics before the game,” Bailey said. “I finally got it down to throw my curveball and other junk I like to throw. I mixed it up pretty well and kept the batters on their toes.”
The hurler didn’t stop on the mound, however, collecting four hits (three doubles) and driving in three runs at the plate. Teammates Trent Shoemaker, Devon Parker, Jake Chandler and Mason Smith were each good for two hits apeice. Cody Edge and Dexton Gregory also had hits. Gregory drove in two as well.
The win gave the Aggies their first area-series of the young season. Bailey said his team has set high goals for the year.
“We have a chance to do something,” he said. “We want to get to 20 wins and make the playoffs. This team has a ton of athletes, and I think we have a chance to do it.”
% Fairview 14, Locust Fork 3: The Aggies scored seven runs in the final inning to turn Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Hornets on Wednesday into a blowout win.
Shoemaker (three hits, four RBI) and Gregory (three hits, three RBI) were the offensive leaders for Fairview, while Bryant Powers, Lane Denny, Parker and Smith each contributed with two hits apiece.
Joey Turnage picked up the win for the Aggies, tossing a complete game five-hitter. He allowed two earned runs, while walking four and striking out seven.
% Locust Fork 9, Fairview 8: Trailing by four runs, the Aggies rallied late, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Fairview fell to the Hornets on Monday.
Powers powered the Aggie offense with three hits. Teammate Denny knocked in three runs on a pair of hits, while Parker, Smith and Cody Edge also collected two hits each.
The Cullman varsity boys picked up a huge team win over 6A Bob Jones on Friday afternoon.
The Bearcats squeak by with a 5-4 victory to improve their record to 10-1 on the season.
“They’re a really good team,” coach Nathan Bates said. “We’ve struggled against them over the years, so I was really excited to see us get the win.”
No. 1 Clint Watson fell in singles 2-6, 6-3, (4-10) but No. 2 Baylor Adams was an easy victor with a 6-1, 6-3 score. No. 3 Jacob Davis and No. 5 Ryan Hunt both fell in their respective matches, while No. 6 Matthew Davis earned a double-bagel win.
Luke Bowden clinched the win for the Bearcats in the No. 4 spot defeating his opponent by score of 6-2, 6-3.
“He played really well,” Bates said. “His win sealed the deal for us. I’m proud of him and the team. They all competed well.”
In doubles play, Adams and J. Davis (No. 1) fell 3-6, 5-7 but Watson/Bowden (No. 2) and Hunt/M. Davis (No. 3) picked up 5-7, 6-0, (10-5) and 6-2, 6-3 wins, respectively.
Both varsity squads are scheduled to play a section match at Sylacauga this morning at 9 a.m., weather permitting.
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