Walker County Baseball Tournament: Curry, Oakman to play for title

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 3/6/18

CURRY — Curry is in line for a second straight Walker County Baseball Tournament championship.

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Walker County Baseball Tournament: Curry, Oakman to play for title

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CURRY — Curry is in line for a second straight Walker County Baseball Tournament championship.

The top five hitters in Curry’s lineup combined for eight hits and 10 RBIs as the Yellow Jackets earned a 17-8 victory over previously unbeaten Cordova in Tuesday’s semifinal game at Curry High School.

Curry plays Oakman in Thursday’s championship game at 6 p.m. — also at Curry High School.

Oakman advanced with a 5-4, nine-inning win over Dora in the final game of the day.

Cordova eliminated Carbon Hill in its first game, winning a 3-2, 11-inning thriller.

The Blue Devils’ second game of the day against Curry was sloppy on both sides as the teams combined for 13 errors and 10 unearned runs in the game.

Curry’s Luke Smith, Tyler Herron, Caleb Dunagan, Parker Anderson and Nic Molinar combined to go 8 for 12 at the plate with 11 runs and 11 RBIs in the game.

Smith and Herron scored on a wild pitch and an error for a 2-0 first-inning lead for the Jackets.

After Cordova cut the gap to 2-1, Curry sent 11 hitters to the plate in the second inning. Molinar had the big hit of the inning, blasting a two-run home run. Smith added a two-run double, Tanner Rowe had an RBI double and both Dunagan and Anderson had RBIs.

Cordova struck for five runs of its own in the top of the third inning with Russell Jean starting the rally with an RBI double. Jacob Headrick drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a pair of errors led to three runs as the Blue Devils drew within three runs at 9-6.

Curry put the game out of reach with two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth for a 15-6 lead.

For the Jackets, Smith was 2 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI, Herron was 2 for 4 with three runs, Anderson was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, Dunagan was 1 for 4 with two runs and four RBIs, Molinar was 1 for 1 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs, Rowe was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a run and three RBIs and Ethan Wideman was 1 for 2 with two runs.

Hunter Bates got the start for Curry, allowing six runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Rowe got the win in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out three in 3 1/3 innings. Miller went the final inning, walking one batter.

Zakye Holiday took the loss, giving up five earned runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings. Russell Jean allowed 12 runs, eight earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings.

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Oakman 5, Dora 4

Oakman earned a spot in Thursday’s Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game with a 5-4 walk-off win over Dora in nine innings Tuesday night.

The Wildcats kept the game alive with a run in the bottom of the eighth and won the game an inning later when Dylan Norris walked and came around to score on an error.

For Oakman, Cristian Lopez got the win in relief, allowing two earned runs on one hit and four walks in three innings. JonDawson Tittle got the start, giving up two earned runs in six innings, striking out 10.

Norris finished 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI for the Wildcats, Tittle was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Lopez was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Connor Woods was 1 for 2 with three runs and both Sawyer Thompson and Braydon Ray added hits.

For Dora, Jaymon Parker was 2 for 5 with an RBI, Logan Fowler was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and both Tanner Earnest and Macon Phillips added hits.

Cole Hargrove took the loss in relief, allowing two runs, one earned on six hits and three walks in three innings. Parker started, giving up three earned runs while striking out seven in five innings.

Dora will face Cordova in the third-place game set for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Cordova 3, Carbon Hill 2

Zac Bozeman’s two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Cordova a 3-2 win over Carbon Hill in Tuesday’s first game.

The Blue Devils loaded the bases behind a pair of errors and a walk leading up to Bozeman’s hit that drove in Brady Ireland with the winning run.

Cordova led 2-1 after the first inning. Carbon Hill tied the game with a run in the fifth.

Noah Samples got the win on the mound for the Blue Devils, allowing four hits and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Mason Robertson started the game and allowed two earned runs in five innings.

For Carbon Hill, Braden Wright pitched a stellar nine innings, giving up two runs, no earned runs, on four hits and two walks. He struck out nine. Kaleb Lawrence took the loss, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings.

Bozeman led Cordova, going 2 for 4 with a double, a run and an RBI, Samples was 1 for 4 with an RBI, Ireland was 1 for 5 with a double and a run and Zakye Holiday was 1 for 4.

For Carbon Hill, Austin Ivie was 2 for 5 with a run, Zach Phillips was 2 for 5 with an RBI while Landon Bice, Brandon Scoles and Matthew Wallace added hits.