Curry cruises to Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game
by Johnathan Bentley
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Curry’s Houston Harbin throws a pitch against Dora during their game in the Walker County Baseball Tournament on Friday. The Yellow Jackets face Oakman in today’s championship game. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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DORA — Five down — one to go.

Curry has faced all five foes in the Walker County Baseball Tournament this week — and has beaten them all.

Dora was the latest to fall as the Yellow Jackets cruised to today’s championship game with a 12-7 win over the Bulldogs at Dora High School’s Wolfe Field.

Now all that stands between Curry and a Walker County Tournament title is the Oakman Wildcats. The Wildcats edged out both Dora and Cordova in tie-breaker games to earn a spot opposite the Yellow Jackets in today’s title game set for 1 p.m. at Carbon Hill High School.

On Friday, Curry wasted little time taking control of the game, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs in the second inning to build an 8-0 lead. Dora didn’t get within five runs the rest of the way.

Houston Harbin provided the key blow in the second inning — a three-run blast over the left centerfield wall to push Curry’s lead to 5-0. Harbin finished the game 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs and three RBIs. He also earned the win.

Now Curry gets a rematch with Oakman. The Yellow Jackets earned a 4-0 win over the Wildcats in their first meeting this week.

“For us to go through the county tournament and have a chance to compete for the championship is a big thing,” Curry coach Grant Nichols said. “I thought my guys battled today. They came in with good focus and played hard. The three-run homer by (Harbin) was a big hit. That kind of changed everything.”

Curry held a 1-0 lead after the opening inning. Harbin led off the game with a single and came around on Lane Oliver’s two-out double.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of four hits, two walks and a hit batsman to score seven runs in the second inning.

Landon Freeman led off the inning with a walk and Chad Gann was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice moved the runners up a base, Tyler Franks singled in Freeman for a 2-0 Curry lead. Harbin followed with his blast over the fence for a 5-0 lead.

Curry wasn’t done. After a groundout, Jarrod Owens singled, Lane Oliver walked and both scored on Aaron’s two-run double. Freeman then doubled in Aaron for the 8-0 lead.

Dora struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning, but was never able to mount a serious threat.

Curry added three runs in the fifth inning to push its lead to 12-4. Gann, Franks and Harbin scored runs in the inning.

Harbin got the win on the mound giving seven walks, two hits and hitting a batter. He gave up five runs — three earned in four innings. Tanner Aldridge earned the save, allowing two earned runs on four hits, one walk and hitting two batters.

At the plate for Curry, Oliver finished 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a run, Aaron was 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Gann was 1 for 3 with two runs, Franks and Owens were both 1 for 4 with two runs, Wilson was 1 for 4 and Aldridge finished 1 for 5.

“I can’t say enough about our kids. They did a great job hitting the ball. Dora has a pretty good pitching staff. They had only given up three runs going into our game. I’m proud of my guys,” Nichols said.

Curry has outscored its Walker County Baseball Tournament opponents 49-12. The Yellow Jackets have defeated: Parrish (17-0), Oakman (4-0), Cordova (6-4), Carbon Hill (10-1) and Dora (12-7).

For Dora, Stonie Phillips was 2 for 3 with two runs, Cade Stone was 1 for 4 with a run, Blake Stone was 1 for 3 with a double and two runs, Logan Roberts was 1 for 3, Zac Roberts was 1 for 4 and Austin Johnson scored two runs.

Johnson took the loss for Dora, allowing eight runs on six hits, two walks and hitting one batter in two innings.

The Bulldogs take on Cordova at 11 a.m. in today’s consolation game at Carbon Hill High School.

Parrish and Carbon Hill were supposed to play today’s county tournament opener, but the game was cancelled after the teams played Friday with the Bulldogs winning 12-4.

Oakman earned a spot in today’s title game over both Dora and Cordova. The second tie-breaker was fewest runs allowed in the tournament. Oakman has given up 12 runs while Cordova has allowed 13 and Dora has given up 15.

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Cordova 3, Oakman 0

Cordova’s Hunter Gilmore tossed a complete-game shutout as the Blue Devils blanked the Wildcats 3-0 at Oakman High School on Friday.

The Blue Devils broke through with a pair of third-inning runs to take the lead and Gilmore did the rest, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five in seven innings.

Cordova, which had eight singles out of its nine hits on Friday, was led at the plate by Stephen Kilpatrick, who finished 2 for 4 with an RBI. Clark Chance was 2 for 3, Andrew Minor and Chase Trotter each finished 1 for 3 with RBIs for Cordova, which takes on Dora in today’s consolation game.

Zac Guerra, Cam Honeycutt, and Jeffre Wingo each added hits for the Blue Devils.

For Oakman, Caleb Woods was 2 for 2 with a double, Dylan Willcutt, Zac Blanton and Reilly Williams each had hits for the Wildcats.Case Key took the loss for Oakman, allowing nine hits and one walk while striking out three.

Despite the loss the Wildcats take on Curry in today’s Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game.

In Friday’s other tournament game, Carbon Hill defeated Parrish 12-4.