HOLLY POND —
Following a lengthy run into the state basketball tournament, Holly Pond’s softball team was finally able to open its season on Monday, getting the 2013 campaign going with a 6-0 shutout over Fairview at home.
Montana Holcombe dazzled for the Broncos, throwing a complete-game one-hitter and striking out 15 batters.
“She threw the ball well,” coach Steve Miller said.
Lacy Malone paced Holly Pond on offense, going 3 for 3 at the plate with two double and two RBI. Katlyn Whitehead also collected three hits, including an RBI double.
Cullman’s boys and girls varsity tennis squads earned darkness-shortened wins over Briarwood Christian on Monday.
The Bearcats’ boys moved to 5-1 on the season after a decisive 7-1 victory over the Lions.
No. 1 Clint Watson and No. 2 Baylor Adams picked up quick 8-2 and 8-0 wins respectively, while teammates Jacob Davis (No. 3) and Matt Davis (No. 5) also collected victories. No. 6 Luke Bowden fell 4-8 for the Bearcats’ lone loss.
Adams and Jacob Davis teamed up for a 10-4 triumph in No. 1 doubles, while Watson and Bowden shone for a 10-2 result at No. 2. Hunt and Matt Davis rounded out doubles play with a 10-4 win at No. 3.
Cullman’s girls could only get in five matches before darkness settled in, but were victorious in four.
No. 3 Olivia Sharpton (8-2) and No. 5 Anna Trevarthen (8-1) garnered two wins in singles play.
No. 1 duo Hannah Cornelius and McKenzie Bussman trailed 1-4 early before rallying back to earn a 10-7 victory in doubles.
Bailey Baker and Sharpton eased away with a 10-2 win at No. 2, while Mary Claire Smith and Makenna Smith dropped a 6-10 decision at No. 3.
The win moves the Bearcats’ record to 6-1 on the season. Both squads will play a home match against Talladega on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Cullman took part in the Dothan Invitational this past weekend and secured a few top finishes.
Baker was the individual tournament champion in the No. 3 spot, taking out an Auburn High player 6-3, 6-3. Baker and teammate Sharpton also garnered a runner-up finish in doubles at the No. 2 post.
On the boys’ side, Hunt and Matt Davis also netted a runner-up finish as the No. 3 seed in doubles play.