Dora claims Walker County baseball title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Dora’s Jordan Criswell fires a pitch against Cordova during the championship game of the Walker County Baseball Tournament Saturday at Curry High School. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
Dora’s Jordan Criswell fires a pitch against Cordova during the championship game of the Walker County Baseball Tournament Saturday at Curry High School. Photo by: Jeff Johnsey
CURRY — The Dora Bulldogs are Walker County champs.

Dora left no doubt that it’s the top team in the county following a dominating 11-3 victory over Cordova in the championship game Saturday at Curry High School.

Dora closed the tournament a perfect 6-0 and got outstanding pitching performances in every game, holding the competition to a total of seven runs in the week-long tournament.

“We played exceptional defense all week and we got great pitching all week,” Dora coach Bret Andrews said. “Our defense and pitching kept us in every game.”

On Saturday, Dora pitcher Jordan Criswell earned the victory over the Blue Devils, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out six in seven innings.

Cordova scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but Dora took control from there, scoring the next 11 runs. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning, added a run in the second and put three more on the scoreboard in the third. They added two more in both the fourth and sixth innings.

“Our guys battled,” Andrews said. “They never felt like they were pressured to score runs. In some of those games, we scored just enough runs to win. We battled hard to beat Carbon Hill 2-1 and we played the game of the year against Curry, and beat them 7-2 in 10 innings.”

In the Curry game Wednesday, pitcher Austin Johnson went all 10 innings, tossing 120 pitches.

“A lot of guys stepped up and did what they needed to do to help the team win,” Andrews added.

On Saturday, Dora took advantage of four hits in the opening inning to take the lead. Dalton Bahrik tripled, and Blake Drawhorn drove him in with a single. After a Criswell walk, Drawhorn scored on an errant throw and Andrew Alexander singled home Criswell for a 3-2 Dora lead.

The Bulldogs added a run in the second when Stonie Phillips walked, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error.

Dora (11-7) added three more runs in the third. Micah Grayson drove in both Alexander and Criswell with a single. Grayson later scored on a sac fly for a 7-2 advantage.

At the plate, Grayson, Drawhorn, and Bahrik each had two hits. Dora had 10 hits as a team.

For Cordova, Jeffre Wingo took the loss on the mound. At the plate, Andrew Minor led the Blue Devils with two hits.

Dora outscored its competition 41-7 in the tournament. The Bulldogs defeated Oakman (7-1), Carbon Hill (2-1), Curry (7-2, 10 innings), Parrish (8-0), Cordova (6-0) and Cordova again (11-3).

Dora hosts Oakman at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

There were a total of three games played at Curry on Saturday. Curry won the third-place game, beating Carbon Hill 4-2 while Oakman defeated Parrish 12-2 to win the fifth-place game.

Curry 4, Carbon Hill 2

Landon Freeman scattered 10 hits in seven innings to pick up the win in Curry’s 4-2 victory over Carbon Hill. Freeman walked two, hit a batter and struck out three. Curry broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth inning and Freeman made the lead stand.

At the plate, Cade Oliver was 3-for-4 with a run, Lane Oliver was 2-for-3 with a run, Aron Benson was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Joe Evans and Ethan Wells were 1-for-2, Aaron Smith finished 1-for-3 and Houston Harbin scored a run.

For Carbon Hill, Tylor Owens and Blaine Eads each finished 2-for-4, Taylor Keeton and Jordan Dawsey both went 2-for-3 while both John Bray and Dylan Sargent added hits.

Owens pitched four innings and took the loss for Carbon Hill, which defeated Curry earlier in the week.

Curry hosts Winfield in a double header beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Walker sweeps Halyeville

The Walker Vikings picked up a pair of narrow wins over Haleyville at Valley Park on Saturday, beating the Lions 1-0 and 11-10.

In the opener, Walker pushed across a run in the first inning when John Michael Knighton doubled and scored on an error. Four Walker pitchers made the lead stand.

Dexter Jenkins went four innings and picked up the win. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out one. Knighton went one inning of scoreless relief, striking out two, Saige Harding pitched a scoreless sixth inning and Nic Woodley got the save, pitching the final inning.

At the plate, Knighton was 1-for-3 with a double and a run, Quinton McCarty and Woodley each finished 1-for-3 and Shane Donaldson was 1-for-3.

In the nightcap, Walker scored seven runs over the final two innings to edge the Lions.

Walker (8-4) broke a 10-10 tie in the bottom of the seventh when John Michael Reed scored on an error off the bat of Eric Vinson for the winning run.

Woodley got the win in relief, striking out two and allowing one run in one inning. Bryant Atkins started and went the first 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs — one earned. Joseph Kimbrell pitched 1 2/3 innings and Harding went 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Jenkins was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Logan Nix was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Donaldson was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, McCarty was 1-for-2 with a run, Knighton was 1-for-4 with two runs, Vinson was 1-for-5 with two RBIs, Kimbrell was 1-for-1 with a run and Reed scored three runs in his pinch-runner role.

Walker, which lost to Southside-Gadsden 12-1 on Thursday, plays at Sumiton Christian beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.