GOOD HOPE — The Cold Springs softball team won all three of its games and didn't allow a single run at the Good Hope Umpire's Tournament on Tuesday, finishing second to also-undefeated Hayden due to a lower run deferential than the Wildcats.
The Eagles, who beat Athens Bible, lost to Westminster Christian and tied Lynn at the Wallace State Tournament over the weekend, began their latest tourney with a 2-0 win over Fairview before taking down Hanceville 8-0 and Vinemont 2-0 in contests constrained to a strict 50-minute time limit.
“We needed it for our confidence,” Cold Springs coach Patrick West said of his young squad's flawless performance at the Good Hope event.
Taylor Payne was the most productive batter for the Eagles, racking up a triple, two singles, three RBIs and two runs in her team's three games. Rilee White wasn't far behind, finishing with an impressive stat-line that included a double, two singles, two RBIs and two runs.
White, a freshman who's been Cold Springs' starting pitcher since her seventh-grade season, spent 11 total innings in the pitcher's circle, striking out 17 and allowing just three hits.
“She pitched well for us tonight,” West said. “She threw a lot of pitches.”
Other Eagle contributors were McKinnley Davis, single, double, one RBI and one run; Bailie West, three singles and one run; Hayden West, one single and two RBIs; Haley Freeman, one single and two runs; Rebekah Calvert, one single and one RBI; and Hanna Wilson, two RBIs.
Cold Springs (5-3-1) will host region-foe Oakman on Thursday.
Athens was the latest roadblock Cullman's middle school boys was able to run over with ease, defeating the Golden Eagles 8-3 on Tuesday to stay undefeated.
Miguel Tizapa and Isaac Rodriguez came up with two goals apiece, while Peyton Brown, Tucker Adkinson, Caleb Coley and Kevin Phillips all contributed one.
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