Down by one run, Dora had two runners in scoring position with just one out in the bottom of the seventh inning during Tuesday’s game in the Walker County Baseball Tournament.
With the tying run 90 feet away, Welch went to work.
He struck out the next batter and enticed the final Dora batter into a pop up to second base as Oakman earned a 3-2 victory at Dora High School’s Wolfe Field.
Dora loaded the bases in the seventh inning with no outs after a single, a walk and a hit batter, but the Bulldogs were only able to push across one run on a fielder’s choice.
Oakman pitching coach Brad Murray made a trip to the mound before Welch recorded the last two outs.
“He told me, ‘Andrew, you know what to do.’ He told me that I had it in me to get out of it,” Welch said. “When you get out of a jam like that, it’s a good feeling knowing that I helped my team get the win.”
With the victory, Oakman moves into position to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game at Carbon Hill High School. A win over Cordova today would clinch one of the top two spots for the Wildcats.
The game starts at 4 p.m. at Oakman High School.
Cordova crushed Parrish 20-0 on Thursday. Curry stayed on track for a berth in the championship game with a 10-1 win over Carbon Hill.
“We are still struggling to hit the ball, but we put it in play today,” Oakman coach Chris Coons said. “We’ve got four seniors and four juniors out here who have been with me my three years here. They are starting to benefit from their hard work.”
Oakman scored what proved to the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning when Jase Trotter reached on an error, stole second base and scored on a Zac Blanton RBI single for a 3-1 lead.
Dora seemed poised for a comeback in the bottom of the inning when Austin Johnson reached on a leadoff single, Taylor Goodwin drew a walk and Grayson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Stonie Phillips cut the gap to 3-2 with a fielder’s choice and a force out at second base. Phillips stole second base to put two runners in scoring position before Welch worked his magic.
Oakman never trailed in the game. The Wildcats scored a run in the first inning. Case Key reached on an error to open the game and came around to score on another error.
Dora tied the game in the bottom of the first. Blake Stone walked, Zac Roberts singled and Cade Stone drove in Blake Stone with a single.
The Wildcats took the lead for good in the second inning when Dylan Willcutt led off the inning with a walk and scored on a wild pitch.
Welch (3-1) allowed four hits, five walks and hit a batter while striking out seven.
Offensively for Oakman, Blanton was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Reilly Williams was 1 for 4 and Caleb Woods finished 2 for 3.
For Dora, Roberts was 1 for 3, Cade Stone was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Austin Johnson was 1 for 3 with a run and Twilley was 1 for 3 with a double.
Ledbetter suffered the loss for the Bulldogs. He allowed three hits, four walks and two unearned runs while striking out seven in five innings.
Dora can still make the county tournament championship with a win over Curry coupled with an Oakman loss today. All three teams could end up tied depending on today’s results.
The tournament ends Saturday at Carbon Hill High School.
The No. 5 and No. 6 seeds play at 11 a.m., the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds play at 1 p.m. in the consolation game and the top two seeds play in the championship game at 3 p.m.
Curry 10, Carbon Hill 1
Curry’s Chad Gann held Carbon Hill to two hits as the Yellow Jackets continued their run through the Walker County Baseball Tournament, beating the Bulldogs 10-1 at Curry High School on Tuesday.
Carbon Hill had two singles and scored a run in the first inning. From there it was all Curry. Gann held the Bulldogs hitless over the final six innings.
Offensively, the Jackets scored three runs in the first inning and added to their lead over the final six innings.
All nine starters contributed for Curry.
Landon Freeman finished 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Tyler Franks was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Lane Oliver was 1 for 1 with three walks, a double and three runs, Jaxon Aaron was 2 for 4 with two runs, Houston Harbin was 1 for 3 with a run, Sam Speegle was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Jarrod Owens finished 1 for 4 with a run, Alex Odom was 1 for 4 and Tanner Aldridge scored a run.
Gann got the win, allowing one walk, hitting one batter and striking out 11 Carbon Hill batters.
Curry takes on Dora in a key tournament game at 4 p.m. today at Dora High School. Carbon Hill hosts Parrish, also at 4 p.m. today.
Cordova 20, Parrish 0, five innings
Cordova scored 13 runs in the opening inning and dominated from start to finish, beating Parrish 20-0 in five innings at Cordova High School on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils had 15 hits in the game. For Cordova, Cam Honeycutt had three hits, including a double, and three RBIs to lead the offense. Andrew Minor had two hits and two RBIs, Stephen Kilpatrick had a pair of hits and Hunter Gilmore had two RBIs. Both Minor and Kilpatrick had doubles.
Zac Guerra, Jeffre Wingo, Chase Trotter, Chad Russell, Clark Chance, Logan Shumate and Taylor Trotter added RBIs for Cordova.
On the mound, Minor got the win, allowing three hits and striking out seven in five innings.
Cordova plays at Oakman beginning at 4 p.m. today.