Prep Baseball: Sumiton Christian wins area opener; Oakman ends Cordova winning streak
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian’s Tristan Weldon throws a pitch against Brilliant during their Class 1A, Area 10 matchup at Sumiton Christian High School’s baseball field on Tuesday. Weldon picked up the win in the Eagles’ 20-0 victory. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Ten hits, 18 runs — Sumiton Christian can only hope all of its area games go the same way.

The Eagles opened up Class 1A, Area 10 play with a 20-0, five-inning rout of Brilliant Tuesday at the Sumiton Christian High School baseball field.

Sumiton Christian sent eight batters to the plate in the opening inning and 10 in the second inning as the Eagles built a 9-0 lead. Eight of the nine runs were scored with two outs.

The Eagles have now won five out of their last six games.

“We are going pretty good right now,” Sumiton Christian coach Lance Blair said. “I feel like we are better than we were at the start of the year. We’ve cleaned up a lot of the mistakes we were making.”

Eighth-ranked Sumiton Christian scored four runs in the first inning, five in the second and 11 in the third.

By the time the fourth inning came around, every Sumiton Christian batter had at least three plate appearances.

Eagles’ starting pitcher Tristan Weldon, didn’t need much offense. He earned the win, tossing a shutout over five innings. Weldon allowed three hits and struck out three to improve to 2-0 on the season.

At the plate, Austin Bice finished 2 for 2 with a double and six RBIs.

Tristan Alexander opened the bottom of the first inning with a bloop single. Sumiton Christian loaded the bases with two outs after Austin Clark reached on an error and Chandler Oates was hit by a pitch. Joseph Thompson and Bice followed with a pair of two-run singles for a 4-0 lead.

The second inning started with Spencer Black walking and Alexander reaching on error. After two outs, Evan Love, Oates, Thompson and Bice drew consecutive walks as the Eagles began pulling away.

Weldon added an RBI single for a 9-0 lead.

In the third inning, six straight Sumiton Christian batters reached base after the first out was recorded. Oates drove in the first run of the inning with a fielder’s choice and Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk for another run.

Bice had the big hit in the inning with a bases-clearing double to left field for a 14-0 lead. Sumiton Christian scored 11 runs in the third inning for a 20-0 lead.

For the Eagles, Abbott was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs and Love was 2 for 4 with three runs.

Sumiton Christian (9-4, 1-0) plays an area game at Brilliant today at 2 p.m.

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Oakman 4, Cordova 1

Oakman scored three runs in the top of the first inning and Case Key did the rest as the Wildcats snapped Cordova’s eight-game winning streak with a 4-1 road win on Tuesday.

Key got the win, scattering seven hits and three walks while allowing one run in seven innings. Cordova had combined to score 43 runs in its previous two games, wins over Vinemont and Brindlee Mountain.

Oakman led 3-0 after the first inning and added another run in the third. For Oakman, Jase Trotter was 2 for 4, Zac Blanton was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Key was 1 for 4 and Caleb Woods was 1 for 4. Oakman took advantage of seven Cordova errors in the game.

For Cordova, Zac Guerra and Cam Honeycutt were 2 for 3 while Stephen Kilpatrick was 2 for 4 with an RBI. The Blue Devils scored their lone run in the seventh inning.

Chase Trotter took the loss for Cordova. He gave up all four runs on seven hits while striking out four in six innings. Clark Chance pitched a perfect seventh for the Blue Devils, striking out all three batters he faced.

Oakman (8-8) hosts Parrish on Thursday.

Cordova (12-5) plays at Winston County on Friday.