HARTSELLE — When J.C. Bates retired Cullman High’s first six batters in order Tuesday, Hartselle’s players didn’t try to hide their emotion.

Once Bates picked up in the final out in the second inning, Hartselle’s players started jumping up and down in celebration.

Maybe Harstselle should have waited to celebrate.

After getting held scoreless for two innings, Cullman’s bats came to life. The Bearcats pounded Bates for 12 hits, cruising to a 14-0 Class 5A, Area 13 win at Hartselle.

Even though Cullman (7-7, 2-0) gave its pitcher plenty of offensive support, junior left-hander Drew Bryson didn’t need it Tuesday. Bryson held Hartselle (10-2, 1-1) to only two hits while striking out six.

Bryson had a no-hitter through four innings, but Garrett Turentine and Andrew Privett picked up a pair of singles for the Tigers in the fifth inning.

Bates opened the game strong for Hartselle, striking out two in the first inning. The hard-throwing right-hander followed with a strong second inning, but everything fell apart after that.

Jacob Smith delivered the first hit of the game with a double in the bottom of the third inning. Josh Bell followed with a single, and Austin Golden loaded the bases when he got hit by a pitch.

Cullman took the lead when Smith scored off an error. Matt Drake extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-RBI single, and the Bearcats added three more runs with consecutive hits by Chris Fisher, Chase Mathis and Luke Satterfield.

After a productive third inning, Cullman delivered another big blow in the fourth.

Drake drove in Golden and Drew Forest with a single that rattled off the fence in right-center field. After consecutive hits from Chris Fisher, Satterfield and Smith, Kyle Kirkwood picked up an RBI single to extend the lead to 13-0.

Cullman took a 14-run lead when Hartselle walked Bell with the bases loaded.

Drake led Cullman at plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Smith and Bell both went 2-for-3, while Fisher went 2-for-4.

Hartselle beat Cullman 7-2 in game two of the doubleheader. The second game doesn’t count toward the area standings.

Cullman plays Tate, Fla. at Wallace State Friday at 2 p.m. The Bearcats also play Collierville, Tenn. at Bill Shelton Field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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