Oakman softball team wins Bill Collins Tournament
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The Oakman High School softball team won the Bill Collins Tournament at Carbon Hill on Saturday. The Wildcats went 5-0 in the two-day tournament and defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 in the championship game. Photo special to the Eagle
The Oakman High School softball team won the Bill Collins Tournament at Carbon Hill on Saturday. The Wildcats went 5-0 in the two-day tournament and defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 in the championship game. Photo special to the Eagle
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Oakman got dominant performances from Kamree Lay and Peyton Willcutt as the Wildcats won the Bill Collins Invitational Tournament at Carbon Hill High School on Saturday.

The Wildcats went a perfect 5-0 in the event, beating Carbon Hill 3-1 in the championship game.

Lay, Oakman's starting pitcher, struck out 46 batters in five games while allowing just 14 hits and four earned runs.

Willcutt led a balanced Oakman offensive attack, recording 11 hits in the tounament, including her first career home run in the championship game.

"We've been preaching to the girls all season that they have to finish a game. We're so young that we're going to have to grow up fast," Oakman coach Whitney Jordan said. "We would play really good games, but have one bad inning that would kill us. They definitely grew up mentally and as ball players this weekend. We hit really good on Friday, then came out Saturday a little dead. But they fought back and that's what quality teams do. They find a way to win. We've got a long way to go, but we're finally starting to play good softball. These wins were definitely a team effort."

In the championship game, Lay struck out 11 Carbon Hill batters while allowing just three hits.

Willcutt went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. Mallory Nunnelley and Madeline Custred each went 1 for 3 with one run.

Oakman opened Saturday with a 2-0 win over Charles Henderson. Lay struck out eight and allowed three hits.

Ashlee Morrow went 2 for 2 at the plate while Peyton Willcutt finished 2 for 3 and Jordan Harbison went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

The Wildcats followed with a narrow 3-2 win over Parrish. Lay struck out eight and allowed four hits en route to the victory. At the plate, Bailee Trotter went 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI, Nunnelley went 1 for 2, with an RBI, Custred was 1 for 2, with a run and Crowell went 1 for 1 with a run.

On Friday, Oakman defeated Good Hope 7-2 to open the tournament. Lay struck out seven and allowed three hits.

Willcutt went 4 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Nunnelley went 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI, Lay went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Crowell went 3 for 3 with a run.

Oakman got its second tournament win over Dora, beating the Bulldogs 12-2. Lay gave up one hit while striking out 12. Autumn Custred closed out the win. Willcutt had another big game, going 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs. Trotter went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, Ashlee Morrow went 2 for 2 while Autumn Pate went 1 for 1 with an RBI.


Oakman (12-11) plays at Lynn on Monday.

Carbon Hill went 4-1 in the tournament, beating Charles Henderson (6-1), Parrish (9-1), Good Hope (11-2) and South Lamar (5-2) before falling to Oakman.

Carbon Hill (11-9) plays an area game at Corner on Tuesday.