Oakman opens area play with sweep of Sumiton Christian
by Johnathan Bentley
Mar 24, 2012 | 1440 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman’s Case Key throws a pitch during the Wildcats’ double header sweep at Sumiton Christian Saturday. (Photo by Johnathan Bentley)
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SUMITON — Oakman opened up area play in a big way Saturday at Sumiton Christian School — taking a pair of games from the Eagles.

Oakman won a 10-8 slugfest in the opener and broke a tie with a pair of runs in the nightcap for a 5-3 victory.

The Wildcats (9-9 overall, 2-0 in area play) used a seven-run fifth inning to pull away in the first game. Aaron Key delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded double that brought home three runs.

Andrew Welch got the win on the mound, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five in seven innings of work.

Oakman jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Sumiton Christian bounced back with three runs in the second and another in the third for a 4-2 lead. The Wildcats took a commanding 9-4 lead in the top of the fifth. Sumiton Christian countered with three in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough.

Key finished 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, Donnie Ruth was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Jace Trotter was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Caleb Woods finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, Zac Blanton was 1-for-4 with an RBI and both Welch and Riley Williams were 1-for-3.

For Sumiton Christian (9-14), which dropped to 0-2 in area play, Tristan Alexander, Austin Phillips and Brent Boyd each had two hits. Mikah Abbott took the loss on the mound.

In the second game, Oakman’s Hunter Williams broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI single. The Wildcats added an insurance run for the 5-3 win.

Case Key (4-1) earned the win. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out 10.

Oakman scored three runs in the first inning.

Sumiton Christian tied the game with two in the third and one in the fourth.

Ruth finished the game 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for the Wildcats, Case Key was 1-for-2 with an RBI, Welch was 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, Hunter Williams was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Riley Williams finished 1-for-2.

For Sumiton Christian, Phillips was 3-for-4 with two doubles and Mikah Abbott was 2-for-4.

Oakman plays at Winston County beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.