At West Point Diamond:
Holly Pond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 (0-1)
West Point 0 0 1 0 0 4 X - 5 (1-1)
WP: Carlie Wilkins
LP: Caroline Bryan
FLASH NOTES: West Point got a run in the third when Holly Pond mishandled Molly Pendley's grounder at short, allowing Gracie Abbott to score.
Bryan was able to keep West Point off the scoreboard until the sixth. Wilkins was safe on an error that sent Olivia Ball to the plate.
Ball, playing with a broke wrist she suffered in the 5A, Area 12 basketball championship vs. Fairview, fought off several pitches before lifting the ball over the fence in left field for a two-run homer and a 3-0 lead.
Avery McClure and Pendley followed with base hits as both scampered home on a double by Makayla Brown.
Wilkins allowed a double to right field by Alexys Smith, then retired the next two to end the game in recording a shutout. Wilkins allowed four hits and got out of trouble in the fifth inning when the bases got loaded.
Kolby Holcombe, Presley Marks and Kaylee Stallings collected base hits in the season opener for the Lady Broncos.
West Point collected nine hits in the affair with Brown getting a single and double, a home run by Ball, two singles from Gracie Abbott and singles by Pendley, McClure, Hope Shedd and Chasilyn Morrow. Ball and Brown both drove in two runs.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. Hanceville Monday 4:30 p.m.
Up next for West Point: Vs. Oak Grove in Wallace State Invitational Friday 4:00 p.m.
Photo of Holly Pond pitcher Caroline Bryan delivering to West Point batter Avery McClure in the 1st inning of Tuesday's game at West Point.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
At West Point Diamond:
Danville 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 - 5 (2-1)
West Point 0 5 0 0 0 1 X - 6 (2-1)
WP: Blake Diestelow
LP: Jackson Wiggington
TIME OF GAME: 1:55
FLASH NOTES: With the game being changed to West Point's field after the diamond at Danville was too wet to play Saturday, the Warriors pulled it out by timely hitting and good pitching in the later innings.
West Point put a five-spot on the scoreboard in the second, featuring a two-run double by leadoff batter Levi Allred and a run-scoring single by Kolton Easterwood.
The run parade began when Wiggington mishandled Cameron Bates' sacrifice bunt, throwing it into right field that allowed Diestelow and Jacob Mosher to score, sending the home team in front.
But Danville was very patient in the third inning, getting four hits off starter Aubrey Cleghorn, a freshman, that got the contest even at 5-5.
Cleghorn got out of further trouble with a strikeout of Walker McAbee to end the third.
Cleghorn worked one more inning for coach Seth Ward, then was relived in the fifth by Diestelow. The freshman allowed five runs on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts.
Diestelow pitched well in relief, yielding two Danville hits. He picked off McAbee in the top of the sixth for the first out, then catcher Hunter Persall threw to Cleghorn covering first on a dropped third strike to Garrett Robinson for the second out. After Wiggington singled, the inning was over on a ground out by Hunter Hensley to third base.
In the West Point sixth, Wiggington recorded two quick outs as Persall kept the inning alive by a double down the left field line. Diestelow followed with a single to right field and the Warriors had regained the lead at 6-5.
Diestelow's seventh inning was his best in relief. He retired the Hawks in order with consecutive strikeouts. Cody Cribbs was the final to be fanned by the lefty as he struck out him with an off-speed pitch.
Persall produced two doubles and scored the game winner for Seth Ward's Warriors. Allred also had two hits, a double and single and two runs batted in.
Easterwood was one for four with a single, but reached base two other times on an error and a fielders' choice.
The Warriors allowed the Hawks two hits after the third and two others to get aboard on walks. Danville struck out seven times in the final four frames as Diestelow finished with six Ks.
Up next for West Point: At Curry Tuesday 4:30
Photo 1: West Point's Hunter Persall swings for the fences in the 1st inning Saturday.
Photo 2: West Point coach Seth Ward watching from the 1st base dugout with his team.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton