• Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

PREP SOFTBALL: Arab tops Holly Pond on the road 5-2

ByMary M. Ward

Mar 1, 2022
Holly Pond’s Rebecca Bell finished with a hit and an RBI in the Lady Broncos’ 5-2 loss to Arab on Tuesday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Alabama – The Holly Pond Lady Broncos returned home Tuesday night to face Arab, but the Lady Knights were able to come away with a 5-2 win. The score was tied at 2 after five innings, but Arab retired with three runs in the sixth.

Arab walked three straight against Holly Pond starter Lexie Smith to start the game and a two-run single put them up, 2-0. Smith calmed down after that as she got the final three outs to get away with limited damage. The Lady Broncos looked to get on the scoreboard late in the second. Rebecca Bell was hit by the pitch to start the inning, then Addison Armstrong hit a bunt single. Madyson Rickman swung out to the left and it allowed both runners to advance to second and third with one out. But back-to-back strikeouts pulled the Lady Knights out of the huge jam.

Holly Pond finally got on the scoreboard late in the fourth inning. Rickman lined up a triple to center field and ended up scoring on a Lady Knight error to cut the Arab lead to 2-1. The Lady Knights charged the bases with one out, but Smith managed to get out of the heavy traffic by inducing a steal and a line. Holly Pond started a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth as Kaylee Stallings walked and then scored on a Bell RBI brace as it tied the game at two.

Arab started a rally with one out in the top of the sixth inning as a double, single and picking a defenseman saw them charge the bases. New pitcher Emma Ray Spitzer was looking to get the Lady Broncos out of another jam, but the Lady Knights had other plans and an RBI fielding single gave them a 3-2 lead. A pitching error brought home another run and another RBI field single pushed Arab’s lead to 5-2.

Holly Pond looked to respond in her sixth-inning half. Brooke Hill hit a one-out single, then Molly Neal tied. But a pop out and a fly out ended the bottom half of the sixth and the Lady Broncos went down in order on their last at bat as they eventually fell to the Lady Knights, 5-2 .

Bell finished with a hit and an RBI for Holly Pond (1-2). Hill and Widner each added a pair of hits and Armstrong was left with a hit. The Lady Broncos will stay at home on Thursday as they take on Fairview.

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