For every big game Oakman played in 2018 there was one constant — C.J. Hall was on the mound.
Hall came through time and time again for the Wildcats and coach Caleb Hoyle this season, tossing four shutouts — including wins in the first round of the state playoffs over Weaver and the Walker County Tournament championship game against Curry.
Hall closed the season with a 7-5 record along with a sterling 1.04 ERA and a microscopic 0.80 WHIP. He boasted the third lowest ERA in Class 3A, earning second team All-State honors.
Hall is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Pitcher of the Year.
Hall didn’t allow an earned run in two playoff starts, giving up seven hits and just one walk while striking out 13 batters in 14 innings. He defeated Weaver and took a hard-luck loss to Piedmont.
Against Curry, Hall tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 12 as the Wildcats won the Walker County title at Curry High School with an 8-0 victory.
In the area opener against Hanceville, Hall threw a one-hitter, striking out 13 in a key 1-0 win.
On the season, Hall gave up only 40 hits and 14 walks in 67 1/3 innings, striking out 87. He was fifth in Class 3A in strikeouts.
Oakman finished 18-9 on the season, advancing to the second round of the playoffs.