Curry’s Luke Smith (99) welcomes home teammate Brodie Naramore for the Yellow Jackets’ second run against Oakman on Thursday. Curry won the Walker County Baseball Tournament title, beating Oakman 5-4 in the championship game at Dora High School’s Wolfe Field.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Johnathan Bentley
By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
DORA — Curry’s baseball team proved itself as the top team in the county on Thursday night, edging Oakman 5-4 in the Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game at Dora’s Wolfe Field.
In a back-and-forth matchup, Curry pushed across what proved to be the game-winning run when Brodie Naramore scored on a ground out off the bat of Luke Smith in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Curry pitcher Cody Dunagan took over from there, allowing one hit and striking out three over the final two innings to earn the save.
Oakman didn’t go down without a fight. Camden Chambers singled with one out in the seventh, took second on a passed ball and went to third on a ground out.
Dunagan enticed the final batter into a ground out to second base to end the game.
Oakman struck first in Thursday’s game. Ketch Jones singled in Sawyer Thompson for the first run and both Brayden Ray and Sam Smith scored on an error.
In the bottom of the inning Curry tied the game. The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases after a Luke Tidwell hit and a pair of errors. Both Tidwell and Naramore scored on an error off the bat of Weston Horton and Jacob Woder came around to score on a passed ball, notching the score at 3-3.
Dunagan scored on an error in the fourth to put Curry back on top at 4-3, but Oakman tied the game in the top of the fifth on Malachi Bridges’ ground out that scored Chambers.
Naramore walked to lead off the bottom of the fifth, took second on Woder’s sacrifice and third on a Horton ground out before scoring the deciding run.
Horton got the win for Curry (3-5), allowing four runs, all unearned, on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
For Curry, Luke Tidwell was 2 for 3 with a run, Naramore scored a pair of runs, Horton had two RBIs and Cade Miller added an RBI.
For Oakman (4-5), Ketch Jones was the tough-luck loser, giving up five runs, all unearned, on two hits and four walks with one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings. Chambers was 2 for 4 with a run and Thompson was 1 for 2 with a run.
Cordova 6, Carbon Hill 4
Cordova got past Carbon Hill 6-4 in Thursday night’s consolation game.
The Blue Devils scored three runs in the top of the third inning and never trailed.
Terry Medders got the win on the mound, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out six in four innings. Jacob Headrick went the final three innings for the save. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks.
Headrick also led the team at the plate, going 1 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, Adam O’Rear and Zayke Holiday both finished 1 for 3 with two runs, Dylan Guerra was 1 for 1 with a run, Zachary James, Dawson Pate and Lucas Williams added hits and Brady Ireland scored a run.
For Carbon Hill, Gage Jean finished 3 for 4 with an RBI, Kaleb Lawrence was 2 for 4 with a double and a run, Braden Wright was 1 for 1 with a run, Laney Keeton was 1 for 3 with a double and a run and Ty Brooks was 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Caleb Connell took the loss, giving up three earned runs on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts in three innings. Lawrence and Keeton pitched in relief.