Prep Baseball: Walker beats Curry for first area win
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s C.J. Robinson sides safely into third base as Curry shortstop Alex Odom applies the tag during their area matchup on Tuesday. Walker won the game 5-1. The teams are scheduled to play a double header beginning at 4:30 today at Walker’s Valley Park. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CURRY — Walker wasn’t in a must-win situation Tuesday against Curry.

It only seemed that way.

In a matchup of winless area teams, the Vikings scored early and got stellar pitching from Bailey Tidwell in a 5-1 win at Curry High School.

With the win, Walker moved to 1-2 in Class 5A, Area 12 play while Curry dropped to 0-3.

“We needed a win,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “That helped us get in position. If we somehow get that next game against them, that will even our record in the area. It’s always good to win your area games. You will take them any way you can. Now we will see what happens Wednesday.”

The teams are scheduled to play a double header at Walker High School beginning at 4:30 p.m. today. The first game counts in the area standings while the second game serves as a tie-breaker.

On Tuesday, Walker took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Stone Stephenson RBI single. The Vikings added a pair of runs in the third inning.

Tidwell singled in Logan Nix followed by a Brooks Wade single to drive in Stephenson for a 3-0 lead.

Curry got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth to cut the gap to 3-1.

Walker (9-12, 1-2) added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh when both Stephenson and Tidwell were hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Tidwell allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out two in seven innings. Stephenson was 1 for 2 at the plate with a run and two RBIs, Tidwell was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Nix was 1 for 3 with two runs, Wade was 1 for 3 with an RBI and both Quinton McCarty and Nick Hicks were 1 for 3 with a run.

For Curry, Landon Freeman took the loss. He allowed five runs on six hits, six walks and hit three batters. He struck out three in seven innings.

Following this week’s series with Curry, the Vikings close out area play with a home-and-away series against Hayden next week. Curry plays a home-and-away series with Mortimer Jordan next week.

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Oakman 14, Sulligent 0, 5 innings

Oakman continued its hot streak at Sulligent on Tuesday.

The Wildcats needed just five innings to wrap up their sixth straight win, knocking off the Blue Devils 14-0 on the road.

Andrew Welch shut down Sulligent in Monday’s game.

It was Case Key’s turn on Tuesday. Key held the Blue Devils to three hits and no walks while striking out five in four innings. Caleb Woods went the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

At the plate, Aaron Key was 2 for 2 while Kason Madden, Zac Blanton and Case Key each went 2 for 3.

Oakman, which won 3-0 on Monday, led 6-0 after the first inning on Tuesday. The Wildcats (13-8 overall, 4-0 in Class 2A, Area 11 play) added four runs in the second and four in the fourth.

The Wildcats travel to Lamar County on Monday to open their last area series.

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Hamilton 1, Cordova 0

At Cordova, locked in a scoreless tie, Hamilton pushed across one run in the top of the eighth and made it stand, handing Cordova a 1-0 area loss on Tuesday.

Andrew Minor tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out 11 in the game, but was matched by Hamilton’s Clark Kinyard, who went the distance and earned the win. Kinyard held the Blue Devils to three hits and three walks while striking out three.

Hamilton’s Justin Sop provided the game-winning RBI for the Aggies in the eighth inning.

Cordova’s Stephen Kilpatrick pitched the final inning and suffered the loss to the Aggies. Jeffre Wingo had a double for the Blue Devils while Cam Honeycutt and Hunter Gilmore picked up hits. Honeycutt and Minor also had stolen bases in the game.

With the loss, the Blue Devils fall to 2-1 in Class 3A, Area 14 play. Cordova (16-6) will try to bounce back with a road win over the Aggies on the Thursday. The teams play a double header beginning at 4:30 p.m.