This wasn’t the home opener Marc Ponder envisioned.

The weather was far from perfect, but cold, damp conditions can be expected in early March.

So no, Ponder wasn’t annoyed by the frigid breeze blowing in from center field. The Cullman High softball coach was more upset about the numerous miscues by his team.

Fielding errors. Poor base running. Wild pitches. Bad at-bats.

Cullman was plagued with them all, and it cost the Bearcats a win on their home field — a place where Ponder’s team will only play six times this season.

Hartselle capitalized on several errors, rallying in the sixth and seventh innings to beat Cullman 8-4 Monday night.

It may have been a sloppy home opener, but Cullman (1-2) still had chances to win.

Cassidy Putman drove in Kayla Hunt with a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give Cullman a 1-0 lead. But every time the Bearcats did something good at the plate, it was negated by a miscue in the field.

Hartselle capitalized on two errors in the bottom of the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Tigers extended the cushion to three in top of the fourth thanks to a few more miscues.

But Cullman battled back in the fifth.

Abbie Knight led off the inning with a single and Jenny Haney followed with a walk. Kayla Dean tied the score with a three-run homer to right field.

Hartselle regained the lead in the top of the sixth, and an error-filled seventh allowed the Tigers to build a four-run cushion.

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