Prep Baseball: Walker reaches .500 mark with pair of wins
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker's Bryant Atkins throws a pitch against Sumiton Christian during their game Saturday afternoon. Walker beat the Eagles 10-0 in six innings and followed with a 3-1 win over Locust Fork. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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SUMITON — Walker pitchers allowed just six hits on the day and the Vikings reached the .500 mark for the first time this season with a pair of wins Saturday.

The Vikings opened with a 10-0, six-inning win over Sumiton Christian and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Locust Fork at the Sumiton Christian baseball field.

Walker used seven pitchers in the double header — and all seven excelled on the mound. Bailey Tidwell and Chandler Crump picked up wins.

At the plate, Quinton McCarty was 5 for 6 with three doubles and four runs to lead the Vikings.

In the opener, Walker (12-12) took control early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and four more in the second. The Vikings ended the game early with a three-run sixth inning.

McCarty was a perfect 3 for 3 with two doubles and four runs, C.J. Robinson was 2 for 3 with a run and three RBIs, Stone Stephenson was 2 for 2 with a run, Nick Hicks was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI while Saige Harding was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Bryant Atkins got the start for Walker and went two innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two. Tidwell went one inning, allowing a walk and striking out one, Stephenson followed with one inning of work with three strikeouts and Maverick Bahrik went the final two innings, allowing one hit and two walks along with three strikeouts.

In the second game, the Vikings trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.

Brooks Wade was 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and a run for Walker. McCarty was 2 for 3 with a double, Harding was 1 for 2 with a run and an RBI, John Michael Reed was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a stolen base and Logan Nix was 1 for 3.

Crump got the win, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings. Bahrik went 2/3 of an inning with a strikeout and Harding pitched the final inning, picking up the save.

Walker has adjusted its schedule next week.

The Vikings will play a Class 5A, Area 12 game at Hayden beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday. The teams will play a double header beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Walker’s Valley Park.

Walker could seal a playoff spot by winning the series.

“We’re playing well right now,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “I hope we keep that going against Hayden next week.”

Sumiton Christian finished 0-2 on the day, falling to Walker in the opener and losing to Locust Fork 13-3 in the second game.

The Eagles (14-6) play a Class 1A, Area 10 game at Marion County at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ninth-ranked Sumiton Christian has already locked up a playoff spot, but needs one win over the Red Raiders to claim the area championship.


Cordova 6, Haleyville 5

Cordova struck for two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead and earn a 6-5 road win at Haleyville on Saturday.

Cordova’s Stephen Kilpatrick had a big day at the plate for the Blue Devils, going 3 for 3 with a double and four RBIs.

The Blue Devils (19-6) scored one run in the first inning and pushed across three more for a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning. Haleyville struck back with one run in the second and four in the third for a 5-4 lead. The Lions held the lead until Cordova scored two in the sixth.

The Blue Devils threw five pitchers in the game. Andrew Minor got the start while Chase Trotter, Clark Chance, Cam Honeycutt and Chad Russell pitched in relief. Honeycutt got the win while Russell earned the save.

At the plate, Honeycutt finished 2 for 3 with a double and a triple, Jeffre Wingo and Chance each finished 1 for 3 and Andrew Minor added an RBI.

Cordova, which has won 16 of its last 18 games, closes out Class 3A, Area 14 play with a series against Winfield next week. The Blue Devils (3-1 in area play) host the Pirates on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and travel to Winfield for a double header on Thursday.


Junior High Baseball

Maddox 8th-grade team wins pair

Maddox’s 8th-grade baseball team got a pair of complete-game efforts on the mound in a round-robin tournament at Winfield on Saturday.

Jackson Holliday went the distance in a 6-2 win over Phil Campbell while Luke Ferrell threw a complete game in a 12-4 victory over Fayette County.

Against Phil Campbell, Holliday allowed three hits and one walk while striking out four in seven innings. He was also 2 for 3 at the plate. Both Ty Chatman and Ferrell finished 2 for 2 while Taylor Whitley was 1 for 1 with two walks.

Against Fayette County, Maddox trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning. McKay Aldridge opened the bottom of the first with a triple and the Panthers followed with 11 runs en route to the win.

Ferrell allowed two hits and five walks while striking out six in seven innings.

Cole Wade was 3 for 3 at the plate, Holliday was 2 for 2, Zac Bozeman was 1 for 1 and Joe Mansaco was 1 for 1.

Maddox (14-2) closes out the season with a home game against Echols on Monday.

The 8th-grade game starts at 4 p.m. with the 7th-grade game following.