Walker County Baseball Tournament: Oakman, Dora to play for title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Oakman’s Jase Trotter makes contact during Friday’s game against Cordova in the Walker County Baseball Tournament. Cordova defeated Oakman 2-1, but the Wildcats bounced back with a 2-1 win over Dora later in the day. Oakman faces Dora in the championship game at 4 p.m. today. Photo by W. Brian Hale
Oakman’s Jase Trotter makes contact during Friday’s game against Cordova in the Walker County Baseball Tournament. Cordova defeated Oakman 2-1, but the Wildcats bounced back with a 2-1 win over Dora later in the day. Oakman faces Dora in the championship game at 4 p.m. today. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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One run can go a long way.

On Friday, it decided the teams that will play for the Walker County Baseball Tournament title.

With Oakman, Dora and Cordova locked in a three-way tie after Friday’s games, the tie-breaker came down to runs allowed.

Oakman gave up just nine runs in its five tournament games, giving the Wildcats the No. 1 seed. Cordova allowed 10 runs.

The No. 2 seed was decided by head-to-head matchup. By virtue of Dora’s 3-2, eight-inning victory over Cordova last Saturday, the Bulldogs locked up the No. 2 seed.

Oakman and Dora will play for the tournament championship at 4 p.m. today at Dora High School’s Wolfe Field.

“It’s a difference of one run and we wouldn’t be in the championship game,” Dora coach Bret Andrews said.

The day will open with the fifth-place game matching (5) Carbon Hill against (6) Parrish at 11 a.m. In the third-place game, (3) Cordova faces (4) Curry at 1:30 p.m.

All six Walker County teams played two games on Friday due to Thursday’s games being rained out.

Oakman opened with a 2-1 road loss to Cordova. The Wildcats then traveled back to their home field where they knocked off Dora 2-1, scoring the game-winning run on a squeeze in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Brayden Hall earned the win for Oakman in the pitcher’s duel, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits.

Oakman, which has been bolstered by its pitching all tournament, gave up no more than three runs in any game this week.

“We’ve played well all week. We’ve pitched well and played good defense behind them. I don’t think we’ve gone to the bullpen at all,” Oakman coach Chris Coons said.

“Caleb (Woods) threw seven on Saturday, Brandon (Minor) threw seven on Tuesday, Case Key went seven on Wednesday and both Caleb and Brayden threw seven today.”

Dora split a pair of games on Friday. The Bulldogs broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run sixth inning en route to an 11-3 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

Both Oakman and Dora are familiar with the title game. Dora won the championship two years ago while Oakman dropped a 7-6 decision to Curry in last year’s title game.

“Any time you play for the championship, it’s exiting. You are happy to be there,” Andrews said. “We didn’t swing the bat at all (against Oakman) today. Now, we get another chance tomorrow.

Cordova, whose only loss in the tournament came to Dora in the opener, won two games on Friday. Along with the 2-1 win over Oakman, Cordova blasted Parrish 20-2.

Curry split its games on Friday, falling to Dora and beating Carbon Hill 5-1.

Parrish was the lone county team to not win a game on Friday.

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Cordova 2, Oakman 1

Hunter Gilmore doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as Cordova edged Oakman 2-1 in Friday’s early game for both teams.

The Wildcats took an early lead in the first inning.

Cordova tied the game in the fourth inning when Cameron Honeycutt’s single drove in Taylor Trotter.

Gilmore put Cordova up for good when he scored on a passed ball.

Chad Russell (3-0) earned the win, striking out four in six innings. Jeffre Wingo went the final inning to pick up the save.

At the plate, Gilmore was 2 for 3 and Honeycutt was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Oakman’s Caleb Woods took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one. Dylan Wilcutt, Case Key, Cason Madden, Hunter Williams and Brandon Owens had hits for the Wildcats.

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Cordova 20, Parrish 2

Taylor Trotter picked up the win for Cordova in a 20-2 road victory over Parrish in Friday’s late game.

Trotter went four innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out four.

The Blue Devils scored six runs in the first inning, six in the second and eight in the third.

For Cordova, Gilmore was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs, Wingo and Honeycutt were 1 for 2 with a double and three RBIs, Clark Chance, Garrett Woods and Logan Shumate each finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs and Skylar Thomas was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

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Oakman 2, Dora 1

Oakman broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh to hand Dora its first loss of the county tournament.

Brayden Hall led off the seventh with a single, followed by a Cason Madden single. After Hunter Williams moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice, Brennan Hartley laid down the squeeze, scoring pinch runner Matt Wilson.

Hall allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out 10 in seven innings.

Madden was 2 for 3 with a run while Jase Trotter and Hall each went 1 for 3.

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Dora 11, Curry 3

Dora’s Noah Hester shut down Curry over the final four innings as the Bulldogs earned an 11-3 victory.

The teams were locked at 3-3 into the sixth inning when the Bulldogs batted around and scored five runs to put the game out of reach.

Braxton Nix had the big hit in the inning, a two-run double to make the score 6-3.

For Curry, Logan Wilson was 2 for 2, Drew Woodley was 2 for 3 and Keri Mitchell was 2 for 4,

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Curry 5, Carbon Hill 1

Curry’s Tanner Aldridge dominated Carbon Hill on the road, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings as the Jackets won 5-1.

For Curry, Keri Mitchell was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Roman Calvert was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Jarrod Owens was 1 for 3 with two runs and both Clay Butler and Drew Woodley added hits.

Austin Jackson had a double and Bradley Davis had a single for Carbon Hill.

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Carbon Hill 12, Parrish 8

Carbon Hill won its first game of the tournament, beating Parrish 12-8 on the road on Friday.

For the Bulldogs, both Colton Plunkett  and Tristen Branham were 2 for 3 and Jacob Mitchell was 2 for 4. Hunter NeSmith started the game on the mound and earned the win.