Prep roundup: Justice, Horton lead Curry past Oakman
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Curry’s Katie Justice, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Oakman during their game on Monday. Curry won 14-0 in four innings to improve to 8-2 on the season.
Curry’s Katie Justice, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a two-run home run against Oakman during their game on Monday. Curry won 14-0 in four innings to improve to 8-2 on the season.
OAKMAN — Curry showed why it’s one of the teams to beat in Walker County this season on Monday at Oakman.

The Yellow Jackets — coming off a third-place finish in Class 5A in 2013 — pounded out 13 hits while allowed just one hit as Curry knocked off Oakman 14-0 in four innings.

Curry leadoff hitter Kaylee Horton paced the team, going a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored.

Pitcher Katie Justice was just as dominant, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out nine in four innings.

Seven players had hits for Curry, which improved to 8-2 on the season.

Justice was a perfect 1 for 1 at the plate with a two-run homer to center field, Haleigh Lane was 2 for 3 with three runs, Gabby Englebert was 2 for 3 with a double and a run, Shauna Rowe was 2 for 3 with two runs, Jordan McPherson was 1 for 3 with a double and a run, Shannan Rowe was 1 for 3 with a run and Logan Black scored a pair of runs.

Bailee Trotter had Oakman’s lone hit.

Curry scored two runs in the first inning, seven in the second and five in the third.

The Yellow Jackets face defending state champions in their next two games.

Curry plays at Class 1A state champion Parrish today and hosts Class 6A state champion Sparkman at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Oakman (5-7) hosts Cold Springs at 4:30 today in the area opener for the Wildcats.


Cordova 19, Dora 3, six innings

Faith Sims was on top of her game Monday at Dora High School.

The Cordova junior belted a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and struck out 10 batters in four innings of work as the Blue Devils defeated Dora 19-3.

Sims finished 3 for 3 with two home runs and seven RBIs, Lindsey Kilpatric was 2 for 5 with two RBIs, Hannah Ingram was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Maggie Benson was 2 for 5 with an RBI.

Mabry Norris pitched the final two innings for Cordova, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four.

Cordova (4-5-1) hosts defending Class 5A state champion Hayden at 4:30 p.m. today.


Sumiton Chr. 11, Brilliant 0, 5 innings

Sumiton Christian opened area play with a dominating 11-0 home win over Brilliant on Monday.

The Eagles garnered 11 hits while allowing just two.

Kendall Beth Sides earned the win, allowing one hit in four innings. Savanah DeLuca gave up one hit in one inning.

Katlyn Sides was 1 for 2 at the plate with a run and five RBIs for Sumiton Christian (8-3, 1-0), Kendall Beth Sides was 2 for 4 with a stolen base, two runs and an RBI and Jenna Ergle was 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs.

The Eagles travel to Cullman today.


Hamilton 2, Carbon Hill 1

Carbon Hill scored one run in the first inning while Hamilton put two on the scoreboard.

Neither team was able to push across another run as the Aggies knocked off Carbon Hill at Hamilton High School on Monday.

Tessa Ivey took the loss, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out eight in six innings.

At the plate, Anna Grace Martin was 2 for 3 with a stolen base and an RBI, Katie Moore was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run and Korey Tidwell was 1 for 2.


Oakman goes 4-1 at Wallace State

Oakman finished 4-1 in the Wallace State Tournament over the weekend.

The Wildcats defeated Ohatchee (5-3), Pisgah JV (3-2), Lawrence County JV (2-0) and Southeastern (13-0) before losing to Athens Bible (1-0).

Against Ohatchee, Carmen Hadder went the first three innings, striking out three. Kamree Lay pitched the final inning, striking out three. Offensively, Peyton Willcutt went 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI and Bailee Trotter was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI.

Lay got the win over Pisgah’s JV, striking out seven in six innings. Madeline Custred was 3 for 3 and had the game-winning single in the sixth.

Willcutt and Jordan Harbison each went 2 for 3. Harbison scored the game-winning run. Both Trotter an Mallory Nunnelley went 1 for 2.

In the win over Lawrence County’s JV team, Lay struck out seven in five innings to get the win. Catcher Riley Brown threw out two would-be base stealers. Trotter went 2 for 2 with a run and an RBI and Brown went 2 for 2 with an RBI.

Against Southeastern, Lay struck out five in three innings. Autumn Custred closed out the game, pitching the last inning.

Brown finished 3 for 3 with an RBI, Mallori Crowell was 2 for 3 with a run, Trotter was 1 for 3 with an RBI, both Willcutt and Jordan Harbison were 1 for 3 with a run, Ashlee Morrow and Lay were 1 for 2 with a run and Tori Robertson and Autumn Custred were 1 for 1 with an RBI.

In the loss to Athens Bible, Lay struck out seven and allowed no earned runs. Both Trotter and Madeline Custred were 1 for 2.


Saturday's Games

Walker splits double header

The Walker Vikings dropped a 2-1 decision to the Homewood Patriots on Saturday, but rallied to defeat the Gadsden City with a seventh-inning walk off homerun, 8-7.

Against Homewood, Bryant Atkins gave up two runs, five hits and a walk, while recording five strikeouts in the loss — pitching seven innings.

At the plate, John Michael Reed went two for three with two stolen bases, while James Tidwell was two for three.

Nick Hicks was one for one.

In the victory over the Titans, William Holladay pitched for five and one-third innings, giving up two runs, 12 hits with a strikeout.

Stone Stephenson relieved Holladay and picked up the win, throwing three strikouts.

Offensively, Reed went a perfect 3-3 with a double and two runs scored, with Logan Nix recording a hit and scoring two runs.

Stevenson and Even Smith scored a run each, with Smith adding an RBI. Hicks and Taylor Whitley each contributed one hit.

Holladay also had an RBI.

Brooks Wade hit the game winning three-run homerun in the seventh inning, to finish the day 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored and four RBIs.

Walker hosts West Point on Tuesday in a double header at 4:30 p.m.


Sumiton Christian 14, Meek 6

The Sumiton Christian Eagles picked up an Area 11 win on Saturday, defeating the Meek Tigers 14-6 at Lance Blair Field in Sumiton.

Evan Love was the winning pitcher, going three innings with four strikeouts while giving up four hits, two runs and a walk. Tristan Weldon pitched the initial three innings of the contest, giving up four runs, four hits, two walks and striking out four Meek batters.

Austin Bice closed the final inning, striking out all three batters.

At the plate, Bice was 3-4 with three doubles and two runs scored, while Spencer Black went 2-3 with three RBIs.

Tristan Alexander and Love both went 2-4 with two runs scored each.

The Eagles will travel to Brilliant on Monday at 5:30 p.m.