OAKMAN — After going down 5-0 in the first inning, the Oakman Wildcats came up short at home Monday losing to Hale County, 8-4, in game 3 of their Class 3A first-round playoff series.
Hale County eliminated Oakman from the postseason with a 2-1 series win.
On Monday, JonDawson Tittle gave up three RBI hits and had two runs score off of wild pitches to put Oakman down early.
The Wildcats answered in the second inning when Ketch Jones hit a single and sent in Brayden Ray and Christian Hubbard. Jones himself scored off a Logan Martin single RBI to cut the lead 5-3.
“I thought they — after they put up those five runs, we kind of chipped away at them for a couple of innings and I could see some fight and some competitive nature in them,” Oakman coach Clay Shearer said after the game. “We had some guys that really wanted to win. We definitely had a few guys that were willing to do whatever it took to win and leave it all out there.”
Midway through the top of the 5th and trailing 7-4, Shearer pulled Tittle and sent in Sawyer Thompson as relief. With the bases loaded, Hale County scored their eighth and final run of the afternoon off a RBI single.
“I hate it we came up short,” Shearer said. “The seniors, I think they definitely went out swinging. They definitely put everything that had in it, Sawyer and JonDawson, a credit to them for not giving up and giving it everything they could.
“I told them I was proud they didn’t give up. I told them I was proud they competed the whole year. I think we played some good baseball this last series. I didn’t see any give up and I was proud they didn’t give up.”
Hubbard led Oakman at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two doubles and two runs, Jones was 1 for 1 with a run and two RBIs, Thompson, Tittle and Blake Lollar went 1 for 4 and Dawson Crowell was 1 for 2.
Tittle took the loss, allowing eight runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out six.
Oakman closes the season at 13-13.——— Southside 8, Corner 6 Southside scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally from a four-run deficit and knock off Corner 8-6 in game 3 of their Class 5A first-round playoff series on Monday in Gadsden. Southside's Thomas Little belted a three-run home run with two outs in the sixth to put the Panthers up for good. Corner built a 6-0 lead with a four-run top of the fifth inning. Southside cut the gap to 6-2 heading into the sixth inning. Isaiah McCracken took the loss, allowing five unearned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Colin Daniel started the game, giving up two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Offensively, Brayden Rowe was 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI for Corner, Tyler McNiese was 2 for 4 with a run, Gage Lisby was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Dan Knowlton was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Nolan Berger was 1 for 4 with a run and two RBIs, McCracken was 1 for 4 with an RBI, Garrett Purvis was 1 for 3 with a run and Daniel was 1 for 3. Corner closes the season at 21-16. Southside plays at Russellville in a second-round series later this week. ——— Southeastern 9, Addison 1 Southeastern scored three runs in the second inning and pulled away from there, taking down Addison 9-1 in game 3 of their Class 2A playoff series on Monday. Addison had five hits in the game. Colton Tyree was 1 for 2, Jake Wilson and Ty Tuggle were 1 for 3 and both Hayden Lee and Jesse Brock were 1 for 4. Gage Gilliland had an RBI and Connor Alexander scored a run. Tyree took the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out four in 3 2/3 innings. Addison closes the season at 9-12.