Cullman County Baseball Championship
At Hanceville High School Diamond:
West Point 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 - 8 (8-2)
Fairview 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 - 4 (6-3)
WP: Matthew McDonald
LP: Jarrett Miller
S: Blake Diestelow
TIME OF GAME: 2:07
FLASH NOTES: Getting on the scoreboard early proved to be the difference for the West Point Warriors to take home the 2018 county championship and avenge a title game loss from the previous year to the Fairview Aggies.
West Point got to Miller with three in the first, featuring a run-scoring double by Diestelow. McDonald helped his own cause at the plate, with a run-scoring single to get the Warriors on the board. That was followed by a 6-3 groundout from Hunter Persall, scoring Kolton Easterwood.
McDonald batted in the second inning, producing a two-run single down right field as Patrick McKeehan and Levi Allred scampered home to make the score 5-0.
Miller kept the Warriors from adding runs during the third and fourth before they struck for two more runs in the fifth, moving the lead to 7-0.
Sam Breihn and McKeehan singled in runs this inning as West Point appeared to be in control.
A run came across during the sixth on a double to right off the bat of Rylan Jones, scoring Allred from first base, who reached on an error.
West Point would collect four doubles in the championship game, two of them driving in runs.
Coach Seth Ward's Warriors accounted for 12 hits, with Allred getting two doubles, McDonald, Persall and McKeehan two singles each.
Fairview was able to get the zero off its side of the scoreboard in the sixth on Dayne Black's double, bringing in Lane Schnittker who singled.
In the seventh, Malcolm Parker led off for the Aggies with a single, Dalton Payne walked then after an out was recorded Riley Carroll, Garret Dunn and Schnittker produced hits that forced West Point to go to the bullpen and relieve McDonald.
Diestelow was able to give up one run, then retired the final two batters to claim a save with the game coming to a close at 9:39 p.m.
McDonald pitched well until his problems in the seventh. Through the sixth, the lefty allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts. His defense came through with double plays that ended the third and fourth innings as Fairview was on the verge of putting together a rally.
Fairview started Friday's schedule with a 10-0 shutout of Good Hope as Scoot Bennett hurled a three-hit shutout.
Schnittker singled twice and tripled, driving in two runs with Black producing two runs on singles and Truman Boyd having a single and double and a run batted in.
West Point eliminated Hanceville 12-1 behind freshman Aubrey Cleghorn's four-hitter with four strikeouts.
Jones led the Warriors with three runs batted in on a walk and a two-run double, Allred singled and double, scored twice and had an RBI. Cleghorn and Cameron Bates collected runs batted in on sacrifice flies during the fifth inning.
Photo 1: Cullman County BB champion West Point Warriors
Photo 2: West Point's Hunter Persall bats in the 1st of semifinal game vs. Hanceville
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton