Walker County Softball Tournament: Oakman wins title

Wildcats take down Curry, Carbon Hill

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY and W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports
Posted 4/27/19

OAKMAN — Katelyn Makemson can usually tell how her day is going to go when she’s warming up prior to game time.

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Walker County Softball Tournament: Oakman wins title

Wildcats take down Curry, Carbon Hill

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OAKMAN — Katelyn Makemson can usually tell how her day is going to go when she’s warming up prior to game time.

On Friday, Oakman’s sophomore pitcher knew she was going to be at the top of her game.

“I always know how I’m going to do when I’m warming up. I felt great. My arm felt great. My shoulder felt great. Everything felt great,” Makemson said.

By the end of the day she was the Walker County Softball Tournament MVP, leading the Wildcats — the tournament’s No. 4 seed — to a masterful 2-0 victory over Carbon Hill in the championship game. She also picked up the win in the circle in a 6-2 victory over top seeded Curry in the semifinals.

“Nobody thought we could do this,” Makemson said after holding the Bulldogs in check in the final game. “This team has great chemistry. We always have each other’s back. We knew we could (win the county title). This means a lot for us.”

Oakman had just one hit against Carbon Hill’s Karlie Ratliff, but the Wildcats manufactured two runs in the game. Terrah Sherer was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a wild pitch in the second inning. Two innings later, Sherer scored on a double steal, just beating the throw home.

Carbon Hill didn’t go down easily. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Makemson retired the final batter on a groundout to the shortstop.

“I was nervous, but I knew it could do it,” Makemson said of Carbon Hill’s late rally. “I just took a deep breath. I was like, Katelyn you’ve got this. All the emotions came out when we got the last out.”

Makemson allowed three hits and four walks while striking out three batters in seven innings.

For Carbon Hill, Abby Martin went 2 for 3 with a double and Santana Clark added a hit. Ratliff allowed two unearned runs on one hit with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Oakman went a perfect 3-0 on the day, beating Dora 9-1 in the first game. The tournament was changed to a single-elimination event due to two separate rain-outs.

“Our effort is blowing me away,” Oakman first-year coach Jordan Burson said. “That’s kind of what I wanted to get out of them all year. Our pitching was lights out all day. We played incredible defense. We just found a way to get it done.

“Even in game two, AJ (Barrentine) lays out for a ball. She didn’t make the play, but you could just see the spark. Everybody wanted to be here. We looked like a team today more than we have all year, which is so exciting.”

Against Curry, Oakman struck for four runs in the first inning and made the lead stand, earning the 6-2 victory. Iyana Canada singled to start the game. Savannah Brown followed with a single. Samantha Kelly reached on an error and Chante Williams drew a walk. All four runners came around to score.

Curry cut the gap to 4-2 with runs in the first and second innings.

Oakman added to its lead with two runs in the fifth with Williams and Bailey Webb getting hits and coming around to score.

Makemson allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks with a strikeout.

Oakman’s Jessy Aston got the win over Dora, holding the Bulldogs to one hit and three walks while striking out eight in five innings. Jill Gurganus went the final two innings, giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Offensively, Canada was 2 for 2 with a double, three runs and an RBI, Brown was 2 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI, Webb was 2 for 4 with a solo home run and two runs scored, Shalayiah Waid was 2 for 3 with a double and a run, Williams was 1 for 2 with a double, a run and an RBI, Jade Bonner was 1 for 2 with a run and two RBIs and Samantha Kelly was 1 for 1 with an RBI.

Next up for Oakman is the Class 3A, Area 10 Tournament at Winfield High School on Tuesday.

“Winning county was not our goal when we set out,” Burson said. “It’s a great prize, but our goal is to win the area and win the regional and hopefully play for a state championship. That’s been our goal all year. I hope this is the spark we needed.”

In Friday’s other semifinal game, No. 3 seed Carbon Hill ousted No. 2 seed Cordova 6-1.

Ratliff got the win, allowing one run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. On offense, Abby Martin was 2 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Alayna Ivie was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Ana Grace Guy was 2 for 3 with a run, Allie Parr was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Alleigh Keeton was 1 for 2 with a run and Ratliff had two runs and an RBI.

For Cordova, Gracie Trotter, Emma Hyche, Lillian Werling and Shayna Woods had hits. Raven Clark took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and six walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.