Playoff picture clearing up

Sumiton Christian heads back to playoffs; Jasper needs win over MoJo

Sumiton Christian’s baseball team is playoff bound for the 18th time in 19 years. Oakman, Corner, Lynn and Addison have also punched their postseason tickets. Jasper still has work to do. The playoff picture will be clear by the end of the week with teams wrapping up area play. Area winners host first-round playoff games while area runner ups travel in the opening round. ——— Jasper, Corner Jasper enters today’s crucial matchup with Mortimer Jordan locked in a three-team battle along with Corner. Jasper sits at 5-1 in Class 5A, Area 11 play, Corner is done with area play with a 6-2 record and Mortimer Jordan is 4-2. Jasper (20-8) needs a win in one of its first two games — the second game comes Thursday at Mortimer Jordan — to earn the area championship. A Jasper win would send Corner into the playoffs as the area runner up. If the Blue Devils win the first two games, Corner (20-13) is the area champion with Mortimer Jordan taking second and Jasper being left out of the postseason. ——— Sumiton Christian Sumiton Christian (11-9) still has work to do to lock up its 14th area championship. The Eagles play Vincent this week. Both teams are currently 2-0 in Class 2A, Area 9 play. If the teams split their first two games — the opener comes today at Sumiton Christian — the teams will play a third game to determine the area champion. The Eagles, under veteran coach Lance Blair, have missed the playoffs just once since 2001 and have made the postseason each of the last seven years, advancing to the third round last season. ——— Oakman Oakman was the first area team to claim an area championship. The Wildcats wrapped up the Class 3A, Area 8 title by sweeping both Holy Family and Fultondale.

Oakman, under coach Clay Shearer, outscored its area foes 79-2 in its four area games. The Wildcats were moved Area 10 to Area 8 before the season started. The Wildcats (12-9) also won an area championship last year, losing in the second round of the playoffs. ——— Carbon Hill Carbon Hill faces a win-and-you’re-in situation this week with a Class 3A, Area 10 showdown with Lamar County. Both teams are 0-2 in area play with each getting swept by area champion Winfield. Carbon Hill (9-10) hosts Lamar County today and makes the trip to Vernon on Thursday. If the teams split the first two games, they will decide the area runner up with a tie-breaker game. ——— Lynn, Addison Both Lynn and Addison have locked up playoff spots. Lynn is still alive for a Class 1A, Area 12 championship. The Bears closed out area play with a 4-2 record. Marion County (4-1 in area play) can clinch the area championship with a win over Meek this week. A Meek victory would give the Bears the area championship. A Marion County win would put Lynn at second place due to the Red Raiders winning the area tie-breaker game over the Bears. In Class 2A, Area 12, Addison placed second behind Sulligent. Both teams finished 3-1 in area play with Sulligent winning the tie-breaker game. ——— Eliminated from playoffs Curry, Cordova, Dora, Meek and Winston County