Prep Baseball: No. 5 Oakman closes out area play at 6-0

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 4/11/18

OAKMAN — JonDawson Tittle’s three-run double in the bottom of the fifth put Oakman ahead for good as the Wildcats picked up a 7-5 home win over Carbon Hill to close out Class 3A, Area 12 play on …

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Prep Baseball: No. 5 Oakman closes out area play at 6-0

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OAKMAN — JonDawson Tittle’s three-run double in the bottom of the fifth put Oakman ahead for good as the Wildcats picked up a 7-5 home win over Carbon Hill to close out Class 3A, Area 12 play on Tuesday.

The Wildcats locked up the area championship with an 11-3 win at Carbon Hill on Monday.

In Tuesday’s rematch, Oakman trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth. Tittle came through with a bases-loaded double that scored Blake Lollar, CJ Hall and Dylan Norris, putting the Wildcats up 5-3. Malachi Bridges added a two-run single to make the score 7-3. 

Carbon Hill got single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Tittle, who earned the win on the mound, got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by striking out Brayden Wright.

Tittle scattered 10 hits and struck out six in the complete-game win. 

Norris, Jon Avery and Tittle each finished 2 for 3 at the plate while Cristian Lopez, Connor Woods and Bridges each went 1 for 3. 

For Carbon Hill, Austin Ivie was 2 for 3, Zach Phillips and Kaleb Lawrence were 2 for 4 while Wright, Landon Bice and Ty Brooks added hits. Wright went the distance and got the loss on the mound. 

Carbon Hill won Tuesday’s nightcap 4-3. The game didn’t count in the area standings. 

In Oakman’s 11-3 win at Carbon Hill on Monday, Hill earned the win, striking out four in six innings. Sawyer Thompson went the final inning, striking out one. 

Oakman (14-7, 6-0) hosts Locust Fork on Thursday. 

Carbon Hill (9-11, 4-4) plays at Marion County on Friday.

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Dora 3, Good Hope 2,  8 innings

Dora moved closer to clinching a playoff spot on Tuesday, earning a 3-2 home win over Good Hope in their Class 3A, Area 10 matchup.

Tanner Earnest drove in the game-winning run in the eighth for the Bulldogs (14-14, 2-1).

Jaymon Parker got the start for Dora, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Tyler Goodwin got the win, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings. At the plate, Earnest was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and an RBI, Noah Roberts was 2 for 4 and both Logan Fowler and Goodwin were 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Dora defeated Parker 8-7 in nine innings on Monday. Earnest was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, driving in the winning run.

Dora plays a double header at Good Hope on Thursday. 

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Minor 7, Jasper 3

Minor drew first blood against Jasper in their Class 6A, Area 11 series on Tuesday.

The Tigers earned a 7-3 win at Valley Park, moving within one win of the area championship, and a first-round, home playoff series.

Jasper, which has already clinched a playoff spot, will need to beat Jackson-Olin today and  sweep a double-header at Minor on Thursday to win the area crown.

On Tuesday, Minor’s Brenton White held the Vikings in check, allowing three unearned runs while striking out four in seven innings. 

The Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring three times in the first inning. Minor added two more runs in the third for a 5-0 lead. 

Jasper scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Landon Nix drove in Dalton Turnbow with a single and Zac Durham plated both Pacey Gillott and Nix with to cut the gap to 5-3. Jasper got no closer, and Minor added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. 

Jasper used four pitchers in the game and didn’t allow an earned run. Ben Stallsmith took the loss for Jasper, allowing five runs, no earned runs, on three hits and one walk. He struck out five in 2 2/3 innings. Carson Gilbert, Parker Sawyer and Will Herring pitched in relief.

Durham finished the game 2 for 4, Nix was 2 for 3 with a run, Turnbow was 1 for 3 with a run, Cam Robinson was 1 for 3 with a double and Ryan Willcutt was 1 for 3.

Jasper (16-12, 3-1) hosts Sumiton Christian and Jackson-Olin today before playing at Minor on Thursday. The first game starts at 2 p.m.

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Sumiton Christian sweeps Cornerstone

Sumiton Christian clinched the Class 1A, Area 8 title with a pair of lopsided road wins over Cornerstone on Tuesday.

The Eagles won the opener 18-2 and followed with a 10-0 win. Both games went five innings.

In the first game, Josh Marshall led the Eagles at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a run and three RBIs, Joe Hicks was 1 for 2 with a run and three RBIs, Peyton Alexander was 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Sam Dixon was 1 for 2 with a run and two RBIs, Parker Crauswell was 1 for 2 with a run and two RBIs, Samuel Shumate was 1 for 3 with two runs and Corbin Hicks was 1 for 2 with a run. Dixon got the win in relief, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out seven in four innings. 

Sumiton Christian won the second game behind pitcher Isaiah Wright, who improved to 8-0 on the season. Wright allowed one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in five innings.

The Eagles scored 10 runs on only two hits. Garrett Potts was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI while Jacob Jones was 1 for 1 with a run. 

Sumiton Christian (19-6, 5-1) plays at Jasper starting at 2 p.m. today. 

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Cordova 12, Carver 6

Kage Williams was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair or runs and two RBIs in Cordova’s 12-6 home win over Carver on Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils scored in every inning, building a 6-0 lead through two innings. 

Jacob Headrick was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for Cordova (14-11), Mason Robertson was 2 for 4 with a double, a run and three RBIs, Nathan Bullocks was 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, Zac Bozeman was 1 for 3 with three runs and Zakye Holiday was 1 for 4 with a run.

Russell Jean got the win, allowing five runs, two earned, on three walks and three hits while striking out six in six innings. 

Cordova plays at Vinemont on Thursday and hosts Curry on Friday.