Walker finished up its rain-delayed game with Miami (Fla.) Senior High, a 14-13 loss, to open the day. The Vikings then defeated Southside-Gadsden 2-1 behind pitcher Justin Kamplain.
Against Southside, the team that knocked Walker out of the Class 5A playoffs in the state quarterfinals last year, Kamplain (3-0) allowed one hit, no earned runs and struck out 11 batters.
Walker broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Dexter Jenkins reached on a single, went to second on a passed ball, reached third on a balk and scored on a John Michael Knighton groundout for the game-winning run. Jenkins finished 3-for-3 at the plate, Patrick Maddox was 1-for-4 with an RBI and both Nic Woodley and Eric Vinson had hits.
Against Miami Senior High, a game that was delayed by rain on Monday and concluded on Tuesday, Walker gave up a game-winning home run in the seventh inning to drop a 14-13 decision.
Joseph Kimbrell took the loss on the mound. Michael Tedford led Walker (5-9) offensively, going 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Kamplain was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Maddox was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, Knighton was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs, Tyler Culverson was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, Woodley was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs and both Logan Nix and Vinson were 1-for-2 with a run.
Walker dropped its first tournament game to Mountain Brook 11-7 on Monday. Woodley suffered the loss, allowing six runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Shane Donaldson was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run and three RBIs, Maddox was 2-for-4 with two runs, Culverson was 2-for-4 with a run, Kamplain was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Nix and Knighton were 1-for-3 with a run and Vinson finished 1-for-3.
Walker takes on Miami Senior High again at 12:30 p.m. today in the tournament.
Carbon Hill splits games in Mortimer Jordan Tournament
Carbon Hill split its first two games in the Mortimer Jordan Spring Break Tournament, dropping the opener to the host team before bouncing back with a win over Curry.
Mortimer Jordan picked up a 13-5 win over the Bulldogs in Tuesday’s first game. The Blue Devils scored 12 runs over the first two innings. Chandler Bishop started the game and took the loss for Carbon Hill (11-5). Dylan Sargent pitched the final five innings allowing one run in relief.
Blaine Eads had two hits and three RBIs while Quinton McCarty added a two-run double. Mason Davis got the win for Mortimer Jordan. Josh Grooms led the team with three hits.
Carbon Hill knocked off Curry 8-6 in its second game.
Tylor Owens got the complete-game win, scattering nine hits while allowing four earned runs and striking out six.
Carbon Hill broke a 3-3 tie with a five-run fourth inning.
Owens was a perfect 2-for-2 with two walks at the plate. He scored three runs, had three RBIs and stole four bases. Weston Bonner was 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season and two runs, McCarty had three RBIs and Houston Harbin added two hits.
Aaron Benson took the loss for Curry. Joe Evans had a double and a home run for the Yellow Jackets.
Carbon Hill returns to the tournament today and will take on Hayden at 10 a.m. and Ashville at 3:30 p.m. The top four teams in the five-team tournament advance to the championship round on Thursday.