Cullman County Softball
Loser's bracket final at Jack Howell Field - Hanceville:
Good Hope 3 2 0 0 2 1 5 - 13
Fairview 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 - 7
WP: Skylar Tucker
LP: Ally Hogeland
TIME OF GAME: 2:06
FLASH NOTES: Plenty of drama evolved around Good Hope's Bailey Swann in the tournament's loser bracket final Thursday afternoon.
Swann showed aggressiveness in running the bases with two pivotal plays that became huge for Good Hope to fight back from a 2-run deficit to Fairview entering the fifth inning.
The inning began with a single by Angelina Flanigan, then Swann ripping a double to put both in scoring position.
Jacqueline Hays then laid down a bunt in which she beat out for a single as Flanigan scored. Swann was hustling on the play, going to third and then to home as Fairview was caught off guard. The run by Swann gave Good Hope momentum and tied the game at 7-7.
Good Hope got the go ahead run in its half of the sixth as Amber Sterling singled, got to second on a wild pitch and raced home on a solid single by Sylar Tucker.
Knowing Fairview was capable of having a solid late inning as they did with a five-run fourth, Good Hope's offense went to work in the seventh, putting five runs across on four hits.
Swann led off the inning with a single, took second on a steal and went to third on a single from Hays. With Bekah Norris batting, Norris was safe on an error as Swann raced home with the plate umpire calling obstruction against Fairview catcher Rebekah DeBlanc.
DeBlanc had the plate blocked with Swann making contact on her that had DeBlanc shaken up for a brief spell. After a timeout, DeBlanc was back behind the plate.
Kailee Shikle drove in a run with a single, Abby Neighbors was issued a walk, Sterling was safe on a fielders' choice and a fielder's choice by Woodall would be completed as all three scored on a ball mishandled by the Fairview defense off the bat of Tucker and a single from Flanigan.
Tucker, who relieved starter Abbie Hunt in the fourth. got the victory by allowing Fairview no runs in three plus innings with no hits and two strikeouts.
Good Hope's 3-0 lead in the top of the first was keyed by run-scoring singles from Swann and Hays and a RBI double by Norris.
Fairview's best inning was the fourth with five runs scoring, getting consecutive hits by Kaitlyn Benson, Katie Ball, Hogeland and Deaven Fulmer.
Fulmer's hit was a bases-clearing double as Fairview went in front for the first time at 7-5.
Good Hope's last three innings accounted for eight runs on seven hits, with Swann having a double and single in that span and two keys runs scored.
Swann earned all-tournament selection and was chosen the top defensive player by the county coaches in the four-day event hosted by Hanceville. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Tucker and Woodall.
SPORTSPAGE'S PLAYER OF THE GAME: Bailey Swann of Good Hope, 3-4, 2B, RBI, 3 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, .750 average.
Photo 1: Good Hope's Skylar Tucker (6) tries to lay down a bunt in 1st inning vs. Fairview's Ally Hogeland.
Photo 2: All-Tournament team, L-R, Avery McClure, Hope Shedd, Olivia Ball, Makayla Brown of West Point, Bailey Swann, Erika Woodall, Skylar Tucker of Good Hope. Not pictured are Katie Ball and Ally Hogeland of Fairview.
Photo 3: Tournament Offensive MVP Olivia Ball, Tournament Defensive MVP Bailey Swann.
Photo 4: Good Hope's Jacqueline Hays singles home a run in the 1st inning of loser bracket final vs. Fairview at Hanceville's Jack Howell Field.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton