Walker County Baseball Tournament: Curry heads to championship game

Oakman edges Cordova behind Tittle

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/5/19

DORA — Luke Tidwell’s double down the left field line drove in Aaron Oswalt with what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday evening as Curry edged Carbon Hill 3-2 in their Walker

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Walker County Baseball Tournament: Curry heads to championship game

Oakman edges Cordova behind Tittle

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DORA — Luke Tidwell’s double down the left field line drove in Aaron Oswalt with what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday evening as Curry edged Carbon Hill 3-2 in their Walker County Baseball Tournament game at Dora’s Wolfe Field.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets advanced to Thursday’s championship game against the winner of today’s Dora-Oakman game.

In Tuesday’s nightcap, Oakman outlasted Cordova 4-3 in eight innings behind Jon Dawson Tittle’s 17 strikeout performance.

Dora takes on Oakman at 3:30 p.m. today at Dora High School.

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Curry 3, Carbon Hill 2

Curry struck early against Carbon Hill. Luke Smith opened the game with a single and Cade Miller followed with a double, putting runners at second and third. With one out, Cody Dunagan belted a double to center field scoring both runners for an early 2-0 lead.

Carbon Hill drew even with runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Caleb Benson’s double drove in Braden Wright for the first run in the bottom of the fourth. In the sixth inning, Jonas Pare led off the inning with a walk, took second on a stolen base and scored on Adison Jean’s single.

In the top of the seventh, Curry’s Weston Horton led off the inning with a walk. Oswalt came in as the pinch runner and moved to second on a ground out. With two outs, Tidwell hit a looping shot down the left field line. Carbon Hill’s Matthew Wallace made a diving attempt on the ball, just missing the catch as Oswalt came around to score. Dunagan worked around a two-out walk in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Dunagan allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three in three innings. Smith went the first four innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six.

At the plate for Curry, Miller was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, Dunagan was 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Tidwell was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Smith was 1 for 3 with a run while Tanner Rowe, Brodie Naramore, Will Haynes and Nico Domino added hits.

For Carbon Hill, Laney Keeton took the loss, giving up one run on one hit and one walk in two innings. Braden Wright started the game, allowing two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in five innings. At the plate, Jean finished 1 for 2 with an RBI, Benson was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Wright was 1 for 3 with a run and both Brandon Brooks and Keeton finished 1 for 3.

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Oakman 4, Cordova 3, eight innings

Oakman’s Jon Dawson Tittle struck out 17 Cordova batters in Tuesday’s Walker County Tournament quarterfinal game against Cordova, but didn’t factor into the decision in the Wildcats’ 4-3 win over the Blue Devils.

Tittle allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks to go with his 17 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Sawyer Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning for the game-winning RBI, sending Oakman into today’s semifinal round against. Dora. Thompson went the final 2/3 innings on the mound, allowing one walk and picking up the win.

Cordova built a 3-0 lead against Oakman, scoring one run in the first inning and two more in the third. The Wildcats drew even with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and one in the sixth on a solo home run by Tittle.

In the bottom of the eighth, Camden Chambers walked to open the inning. Malachi Bridges added a one-out single and Logan Martin walked to load the bases. Thompson walked on five pitches allowing pinch runner Skylar Hice to score the winning run.

For Oakman, Tittle was 2 for 4 with a solo home run, Thompson was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Christian Hubbard was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Chambers was 1 for 3, Bridges was 1 for 4 and Brayden Ray, Ketch Jones and Hice scored runs.

For Cordova, Noah Samples took the loss, giving up one run on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in two innings. Zakye Holiday got the start, allowing two runs, no earned runs, on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Samples had both Cordova hits, going 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs. Nathan Bullocks and Zachary James scored runs.