Carbon Hill, Oakman earn spot in playoffs
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
Apr 13, 2012 | 957 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill pitchers Tylor Owens and Blaine Eads threw back-to-back gems against Cordova as the Bulldogs earned a spot in the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Owens tossed a three-hitter and struck out nine in a 5-0 win Wednesday night while Eads allowed just two hits and struck out nine in Carbon Hill’s 2-0 victory on Thursday.

“When those two guys are throwing well, I would put those two up against anybody in the county,” Carbon Hill coach Royce Young said.

Cordova won the second game of Thursday’s double-header, 6-5.

Wednesday’s victory clinched Carbon Hill’s postseason berth. The Bulldogs travel to Vinemont for a first-round, best-of-three series on Friday.

Carbon Hill (10-10 overall, 6-3 in area play) has earned a playoff spot despite playing every game this season on the road. The school began work on the Bulldogs’ new baseball field in January, but the field is still not complete. Also, four Carbon Hill players transferred before the season started.

“The fact that we’ve played every game on the road is important,” Young said. “This team has been resilient. We also should have had eight of our nine starters returning from last year, but we had four leave. Once that happened, our expectations went down to nothing. These kids have done a great job. Over the last three weeks we won two out of three against Hamilton and Cordova and split with Winfield. We’ve had three good weeks of baseball.”

Against Cordova on Wednesday, Tylor Owens went 2 for 3 at the plate while Austin Jackson, Taylor Keeton and Dylan Sargent each added two hits.

On Thursday, Keeton was 3 for 3 while Owens, Jackson and Sargent each added a hit.

In the nightcap, Justin Birdyshaw took the loss in relief. Cordova broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the seventh inning thanks to a Carbon Hill error.

For the Bulldogs, Eads was 2 for 4 while Jordan Dawsey, John Bray and Sargent adding hits.

Carbon Hill closes out the regular season at Sheffield on Saturday.

Oakman 6, Cold Springs 1

The Oakman Wildcats locked up a spot in the Class 2A playoffs on Thursday following a 6-1 win over the Cold Springs Eagles at Oakman.

Case Key picked up the win on the mound for Oakman, giving up two hits and striking out 12 batters in seven innings.

At the plate, Jase Trotter went 3 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run, three RBIs and a triple, while Reilly Williams was 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Key was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Hunter Williams was 1 for 2.

Oakman (12-11, 4-2 in area play) will host Winston County today.