Vikings own the mound in sweep of West Point
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker's Bailey Tidwell pitches against West Point during Game 1 of their double header Tuesday at Valley Park. The Vikings swept the Warriors, winning 6-1 and 6-0. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker's Bailey Tidwell pitches against West Point during Game 1 of their double header Tuesday at Valley Park. The Vikings swept the Warriors, winning 6-1 and 6-0. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Three Walker pitchers combined to give up no earned runs as the Vikings earned their first double-header sweep of the season, beating visiting West Point 6-1 and 6-0 at Valley Park Tuesday.

Walker’s Bailey Tidwell, Maverick Bahrick and Chandler Crump combined to hold the Warriors to just six hits and five walks in 14 innings of work.

“Both guys gave us quality starts. They pounded the zone with strikes and the defense played well behind them,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “Going back to Saturday, we’ve had four great outings on the mound. Jackson Holladay and Bryant Atkins were great (Saturday) and Bailey and Maverick were great today. It’s a blessing because we’ve been struggling to throw strikes a little bit. Our Achilles Heel has been kicking the ball around, but the guys are starting to get confidence in themselves.”

In the opener, Walker scored five runs in the first inning to take command.

Logan Nix, Brooks Wade and Stone Stephenson had singles in the inning while Nick Hicks had a two-run triple. Walker (5-10) scored its other run in the sixth inning.

Tidwell allowed two hits and four walks while striking out six.

Bahrick got the win in the nightcap, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out two in five innings. Crump pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit and one walk.

John Michael Reed was 2 for 3 with a double, three stolen bases and three runs scored while Brooks Wade was 1 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, Holladay was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Tidwell was 1 for 2 with a run and Hicks was 1 for 2.

Walker led 2-0 going into the fourth and put three runs on the board to push its lead to 5-0 in the fourth.

The win gave Walker its third straight victory.

“I told the guys that three wins is a winning streak,” Ware joked.

Walker returns home for a double header against Haleyville set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Valley Park.