Prep Baseball: Big inning leads Oakman past Curry

No. 4 Wildcats win county championship game rematch

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/17/17

OAKMAN — One week after losing the Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game to Curry, Oakman exacted some revenge against the Yellow Jackets on Friday.

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Prep Baseball: Big inning leads Oakman past Curry

No. 4 Wildcats win county championship game rematch

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OAKMAN — One week after losing the Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game to Curry, Oakman exacted some revenge against the Yellow Jackets on Friday.

The Wildcats pushed across four runs in the fifth inning to knock off Curry 6-3 at Oakman High School.

“This is a good win. Curry’s a good team. Anytime you beat a good team it’s a positive,” Oakman coach Kenny Gilliam said.

Oakman, the No. 4 team in Class 3A, trailed 3-2 before sending nine men to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Both teams took advantage of the long ball. Oakman’s Brayden Hall belted a two-run home run in the first inning and Curry’s Roman Calvert hit a two-run shot of his own to tie the game in the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth with a bases-loaded double play that scored Eli Anderson.

Oakman (13-3) took advantage of four hits and two walks to score four runs in the fifth.

Connor Woods reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Alex Ford’s RBI single to notch the score at 3-3. Brayden Hall and Jon Avery followed with singles to load the bases. CJ Hall drew a walk that scored Ford, giving the Wildcats the lead at 4-3. With two outs, Jon Dawson Tittle smacked a two-run single that plated Avery and Hall for the 6-3 advantage.

Curry had a chance to cut into the lead in the sixth after consecutive batters were hit by a pitch. Avery came into the game and got Oakman out the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out. He also set down Curry in order in the seventh.

Curry (9-7) won the first meeting between the teams, 8-3 at Cordova, putting the game away with a four-run seventh inning.

On Friday, Sawyer Thompson got the start and went the first four innings for the Wildcats, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits and one walk. Connor Posey got the win in relief, allowing one run — no earned runs — on two walks in one inning. Avery went the final two innings, earning the save. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out three.

At the plate, CJ Hall was 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI, Ford was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, Brayden Hall was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Tittle was 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Avery was 1 for 3 with a run.

For Curry, Calvert was 1 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Dunagan was 1 for 3 with a run and Zac Woder and Mckinlee Gillespie were 1 for 3. Jakob Hicks took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings.

Oakman hosts Cold Springs in a double header next Friday.

Curry hosts Brewer in a double header beginning at 11 a.m. today.