Walker County Baseball Tournament: Oakman earns spot in championship game
By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
DORA — Oakman advanced to the championship game of the Walker County Baseball Tournament on Wednesday, beating host team Dora 6-2 at Wolfe Field.
The Wildcats battle Curry at 6 p.m. today in the championship game. Cordova faces Carbon Hill in a consolation game at 4 p.m.
For the second straight day Oakman got a stellar performance on the mound with Sawyer Thompson allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 in a complete-game effort. JonDawson Tittle struck out 17 in Tuesday’s win over Cordova.
Logan Martin led the Oakman offense against Dora, going 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs and Christian Hubbard belted a solo home run.
Oakman took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Martin singled in pinch runner Kaden Jordan for the first run. Martin scored later in the inning for the 2-0 lead.
Dora cut the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the third on Tyler Goodwin’s RBI single that scored Tanner Earnest.
Oakman (4-4) pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning. Hubbard accounted for the first run with a home run over the right field fence. Three errors and a walk led to the second run with Tittle scoring on a Dora miscue for a 4-2 lead.
Both teams scored runs in the sixth inning.
Oakman scored on Logan Martin’s RBI that drove in Camden Chambers to make the score 5-2. Dora added its final run on Andrew Taylor’s RBI groundout that scored Jaymon Parker.
Oakman’s Brayden Ray scored on Chambers’ ground out in the seventh.
For the Wildcats, Chambers finished 1 for 5 with a run and an RBI, Ray was 1 for 4 with a run, Malachi Bridges was 1 for 2 with a double and three walks, Thompson was 1 for 2 and both Tittle and Jordan scored runs.
Parker took the loss for Dora (4-3), allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Dylan McDonald went the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Earnest was 1 for 2 with a run for Dora, Goodwin was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Parker was 1 for 3 with a run and Dylan McDonald was 1 for 2.