Prep Baseball: Jasper closes in on area title

No. 3 Vikings split games with No. 6 Corner

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 4/3/19

Thanks to some late-game heroics by Zac Durham, the Jasper Vikings moved a step closer to an area title on Wednesday evening at Valley Park.

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Prep Baseball: Jasper closes in on area title

No. 3 Vikings split games with No. 6 Corner

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Thanks to some late-game heroics by Zac Durham, the Jasper Vikings moved a step closer to an area title on Wednesday evening at Valley Park.

With Jasper down to its final out in the second game against area foe Corner, Durham belted a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jasper went on to earn a 6-5 win in extra innings, giving the Vikings the series win.

No. 3 Jasper (20-8) now needs one win in its first two games against Mortimer Jordan in their Class 5A, Area 11 showdown next week to win the area championship.

The third-ranked Vikings are now 5-1 in area play. Mortimer Jordan sits at 4-2 in area play, needing a sweep of its first two games against Jasper to earn a playoff spot and knock the Vikings out of contention.

No. 6 Corner (19-10) closes out area play at 6-2. The Yellow Jackets can finish no worse than second in the area.

Wednesday's double header was moved up one day due to the chance of rain on Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets and the Vikings split Wednesday’s double-header — with Corner taking Game 1, 7-5 and Jasper winning Game 2, 6-5, in extra innings. The Vikings won the series opener 12-3 at Corner on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Tanner Hayes got the Game 1 win for the Yellow Jackets, giving up five hits, four earned runs and striking out two batters in six innings.

Isaiah McCracken pitched the final no-hit inning.

At the plate for Corner, Cole Fuller went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored, Garrett Purvis was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs, Dan Knowlton went 1 for 3 with a run scored, Gage Lisby recorded a hit with a run scored and two RBIs, McCracken had a hit, Tanner Hayes recorded an RBI and Tyler McNiese, Brayden Rowe and Chandler Brakefield each scored a run.

Topher Wilson pitched three and one-third innings in the loss of the Vikings, giving up two hits, a run and striking out one batter. Carson Gilbert pitched two innings, giving up three runs with one strikeout and Zac Durham pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits, three runs with two strikeouts.

Offensively for Jasper, Tyler Thomasson was 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs, Durham and Slade Harbin were both 1 for 3 with a run scored, Landon Nix was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI, Carson Alvis recorded a hit and Kaden Shelton had a run scored and an RBI.

With the Vikings holding a 4-3 lead going into the top of the sixth inning, Corner scored four runs on RBI hits by Purvis, Lisby and Fuller to go up, 7-4. Jasper added one run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 7-5 final.

In Game 2, Seth Davidson earned the win for the Vikings, giving up one hit and a walk, while striking out two batters in two and two-thirds shutout innings.

Thomasson pitched five and one-third innings, giving up five runs with one strikeout.

At the plate for Jasper, Durham went 2 for 4 with two run scored, two RBIs, a double and a home run, Cam Robinson was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double, Harbin went 1 for 2 with three RBIs, Ryan Wilcutt was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Alvis went 1 for 2, Nix had a hit and Thomasson scored a run.

Colin Daniel pitched six innings in the loss for Corner, giving up six hits, four runs, two walks and struck out eight batters. McCracken pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, two hits, two walks and recording three strikeouts.

Offensively for Corner, Rowe went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored, Knowlton was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, Purvis went 3 for 3, Tyler McNiese had a hit with two runs scored, Lisby recorded a hit with an RBI, Fuller had a hit with an RBI and McCracken recorded two RBIs.

Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Vikings sent the game into extra innings on a home run by Durham, tying the contest at 5-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, Thomasson scored on a wild pitch to give Jasper the 6-5 win.

Corner plays at Hueytown on Friday.

Jasper looks to lock up the area championship in its next game Tuesday at home against Mortimer Jordan. The Blue Devils have won 13 of their last 14 games.

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Sumiton Christian 17, Altamont 4, six innings

Sumiton Christian moved to 2-0 in Class 2A, Area 11 play with a 17-4 six-inning, road win over Altamont on Wednesday.

The Eagles have now won eight games in a row.

Sumiton Christian scored four runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back on Wednesday.

CJ Bunn homered for the second straight game against Altamont, finished 3 for 5 with a double, a home run, three runs and six RBIs, Garrett Potts was 3 for 4 with a triple, two runs and three RBIs, Joe Hicks was 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Jarrett McLain was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI and Josh Marshall was 1 for 2 with three runs and an RBI.

Sam Dixon got the win, allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out three in two innings.

The Eagles (10-8) host Carbon Hill and Cordova starting at noon on Saturday.

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Fayette County 3, Cordova 1

For the second time this week, Fayette County picked up a 3-1 area win over the Blue Devils.

The Tigers won Wednesday's game at Cordova High School one day after beating the Blue Devils at Fayette County High School.

On Wednesday, Jacob Headrick finished 2 for 4 with a double and a run, Noah Samples was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Kam Cooper was 2 for 3.

Samples took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Cordova plays at Sumiton Christian on Saturday.

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Winfield 10, Carbon Hill 3

Winfield closed out an area sweep of Carbon Hill on Wednesday, beating the Bulldogs 10-3 at Carbon Hill High Schooll

Laney Keeton took the loss, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Caleb Benson was 2 for 3 with a run at the plate for Carbon Hill, Tristan Terry was 2 for 3 with RBI, Braden Wright was 1 for 3 with a run and both Keeton and Ty Brooks added hits.

Carbon Hill plays at Sumiton Christian on Saturday.

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Haleyville sweeps Curry

Haleyville earned a pair of wins at Curry on Wednesday, beating the Yellow Jackets 6-2 and 13-1. The first game counted in the area standings. The Lions also defeated the Yellow Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday in their area opener.

On Wednesday, Cody Dunagan dropped the opener, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in three innings.

At the plate, Luke Smith was 2 for 4 with a double, Jacob Woder was 2 for 3, Nico Domino was 1 for 3 with an RBI and both Nic Molinar and Cade Miller had hits.

In the second game, Smith suffered the loss, allowing nine runs, four earned runs, on eight hits and four walks while striking out two in four innings.

Miller was 2 for 3 with a double and a run, Smith was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Hunter Bates was 1 for 2.

Curry hosts Winfield and Winston County starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.