Prep Baseball: No. 4 Oakman blanks Vinemont

Cordova earns sweep of Fultondale

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/16/17

Fourth-ranked Oakman blanked Vinemont behind CJ Hall on Thursday as the Wildcats earned a 3-0 area road win over the Eagles.

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Prep Baseball: No. 4 Oakman blanks Vinemont

Cordova earns sweep of Fultondale

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Fourth-ranked Oakman blanked Vinemont behind CJ Hall on Thursday as the Wildcats earned a 3-0 area road win over the Eagles.

Hall allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven in a complete-game effort.

Oakman (12-3 overall, 2-0 in Class 3A, Area 12 play) got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Connor Woods reached on a dropped third strike, stole second base and scored on Jon Avery’s two-out single. The Wildcats added a run in the fourth inning when Christian Hubbard reached on a walk and came around to score on an error for a 2-0 advantage.

Oakman’s final run came in the seventh inning when Woods walked and scored on Brayden Hall’s double.

CJ Hall went 2 for 2 for the Wildcats, both Brayden Hall and Avery finished 1 for 4 with an RBI, Woods was 1 for 3 with two runs, Hubbard was 1 for 2 with a run and Alex Ford was 1 for 4.

Oakman hosts Curry at 4 p.m. today in a rematch of the Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game, which was won by Curry.

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No. 9 Sumiton Christian 15, Jefferson Christian 1, five innings

Sumiton Christian scored nine runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-1 area victory at Jefferson Christian on Thursday.

Nick Collins led the Eagles (9-2, 2-0), going 1 for 3 with three RBIs, Blaine Sharpston was 1 for 1 with two RBIs, Luke McDonald was 1 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Grant Shepherd was 1 for 3 with a run, Peyton Alexander scored two runs and had two RBIs, Jacob Jones, Chandler Overton and Jacob Headrick each scored two runs while Zack Collins, Andrew Tubbs and Jarrett McLain each scored a run.

Nick Collins earned the win, allowing one run on one hit while striking out five in 2 1/3 innings.

Sumiton Christian hosts Cleveland next Friday.

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Cordova sweeps Fultondale

Cordova scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th to win its first game against Fultondale Thursday night and the Blue Devils followed with a second win for a home sweep of the Wildcats.

In the opener, Fultondale scored a pair of runs in the top of the 11th inning to take a 5-3 lead. The Blue Devils put together one last rally capped by Zac Bozeman's two-run single with two outs to give Cordova a 6-5 win. Jacob Clark and Zayke Holiday scored on Bozeman's hit.

Jordan Samples picked up the win, allowing four earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four in five innings. Holiday started the game, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out seven in six innings.

At the plate, Peyton Templeton was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Bozeman was 1 for 4 with two RBIs, Holiday was 1 for 6 with a run and two RBIs, Clark was 1 for 4 with a run, Mason Robertson was 1 for 5 with a run and Bradley Brooks was 1 for 5 with two runs.

The teams played just five innings in the second game with Cordova picking up a 7-4 victory.

The Blue Devils struck four three runs in the second inning. Fultondale tied the score with three runs of its own in the top of the third. Cordova retaliated with four runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good.

Dalton Woods was 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs for Cordova (5-8), Bozeman was 1 for 2 with three RBIs, Nathan Bullocks was 1 for 1 with two runs and an RBI, Holiday was 1 for 3 with a run and Templeton, Robertson and Samples scored runs.

On the mound, Tyler Hester got the win, allowing four runs - one earned - on six hits while striking out three in five innings.

Cordova plays at Bibb County next Friday.

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Curry splits with Fairview

Curry split a pair of games at Fairview on Thursday. The second game served as the Class 5A, Area 12 tiebreaker.

The Yellow Jackets rallied to win the first game 7-5 in 10 innings before dropping a 10-0, six-inning decision in the nightcap.

Curry rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the first game Thursday night.

The Yellow Jackets were down 5-0 going into the top of the sixth inning before notching the score after a five-run outburst. Nik Molinar and Gage Lynn each drove in two runs in the sixth inning.

Curry broke the deadlock in the top of the 10th inning, plating two runs.

Mckinlee Gillespie drove in the game-winning run with a ground out that scored Woder. Tanner Rowe stole home for the final run.

Parker Anderson got the win on the mound, allowing three walks and striking two in 2 1/3 innings.

Roman Calvert started the game and went the first 7 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Lynn was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, Molinar was 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, Gillespie was 1 for 5 with an RBI, Parker Anderson was 2 for 5 with a run and Clay Butler was 1 for 3.

The second game was all Fairview (10-4, 1-1).

The Aggies scored two runs in the bottom of the second and took control with a six-run fifth. Fairview ended the game in the sixth with two more runs.

For Curry (9-6, 1-1), Caleb Dunagan and Calvert were 2 for 3.

Lynn took the loss, allowing six runs — one earned — on three hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings.