After that it was all Blue Devils.
Mortimer Jordan scored three runs in the top of the second inning and cruised to an 8-1 victory in the Class 5A, Area 12 opener for both teams at Valley Park.
The Blue Devils trailed 1-0 following a Stone Stephenson walk and a Brooks Wade RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning.
Mortimer Jordan retaliated in the second inning with a Sam Blair two-run triple and a sac fly to take a 3-1 lead. Mortimer Jordan added two more runs in the third and fifth innings.
Bryant Atkins suffered the loss for Walker (8-10, 0-1). He allowed seven runs — five earned — on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Maverick Bahrik went the final two innings, allowing one run.
Offensively, Wade was 1 for 2 and Quinton McCarty was 1 for 3. Walker batters struck out 11 times.
The Blue Devils are led by 12 upperclassmen (six seniors and six juniors) this season.
The Vikings play at Mortimer Jordan beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Oakman 2, Cold Springs 1
Jase Trotter drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the seventh inning to give Oakman a narrow 2-1 win at Cold Springs on Tuesday.
With the victory, Oakman improved to 2-0 in Class 2A, Area 11 play. The Wildcats defeated Cold Springs 14-0 on Monday.
This time around, Case Key got the victory for Oakman, allowing two hits and one run while striking out seven in seven innings.
Cold Springs held a 1-0 advantage into the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Case Key was hit by a pitch.
Pinch-runner Chris Austin stole second base and scored on Andrew Welch’s two-out, RBI double to tie the game 1-1.
In the top of the seventh inning, Aaron Key drew a walk. Pinch-runner Chris Austin stole another base and scored on Trotter’s RBI single for the 2-1 win.
Oakman took advantage of its four hits on the day. Along with Trotter and Welch, Dylan Willcutt and Reilly Williams had hits for the Wildcats (11-8).
Oakman, which has won five of its last six games, got back-to-back gems on the mound from Welch and Key in the victories over the Eagles. That’s no surprise to coach Chris Coons.
“Those two guys don’t give up many runs. When they are on the mound, the other team isn’t going to get many hits and they are going to get between seven to 10 strikeouts. When they pitch, you know you have a shot,” Coons said.
Oakman hosts Sulligent in an area matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
The game will be Senior Day for the Wildcats. Seniors on this year’s team are: Welch, Williams, Aaron Key and Zac Blanton.
No. 6 Parrish 12, Marion County 2
The sixth-ranked Parrish Lady Tornadoes earned their first Class 1A, Area 10 victory of the season on Tuesday, defeating the Marion County Red Raiders 12-2 at Parrish.
Jamie Beth Hocutt got the win for the Tornadoes, giving up three hits, two walks and striking seven Marion County batters in five innings. At the plate,
Hocutt went a perfect 3 for 3 with four RBIs, while Makenzie Morgan was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs. Grayson Culverson was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and Cierra Hubbard went a perfect 3 for 3 with three stolen bases. The Tornadoes, who won their seventh straight game, recorded a total of 15 hits as a team for the day.
Parrish (12-4) takes on Danville on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to open the Bill Collins Tournament at Carbon Hill.