Walker County Baseball Tournament: Dora tops Oakman in slugest to capture 2014 title
by W. Brian Hale and Johnathan Bentley
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Dora's Dalton Vines (19) follows through on a swing during the Bulldogs' 11-9 victory over Oakman in Saturday's Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game. The Bulldogs have two of the last three county titles. Photo by W. Brian Hale
Dora's Dalton Vines (19) follows through on a swing during the Bulldogs' 11-9 victory over Oakman in Saturday's Walker County Baseball Tournament championship game. The Bulldogs have two of the last three county titles. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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DORA — Saturday’s Walker County Tournament title matchup between Oakman and Dora took a much different path than both teams had through their five previous games in the tournament.

The two programs, which had surrendered only 21 combined runs in their previous contests, including only three runs in Oakman’s 2-1 decision on Friday, lit up the scoreboard in the final — with the Bulldogs rallying to defeat the Wildcats 11-9 to win the 2014 title at Dora High School's Wolfe Field.

Dora trailed 9-7 going into the final inning, but was able to push across four runs in its final at bat to earn the victory.

Cody Thomas was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs, giving up three earned runs, two walks and striking out nine Wildcat batters.

Offensively, Braxton Nix had two hits and two RBIs. Logan Ledbetter went 1-4 with three RBIs — hitting a clutch double in the seventh inning to drive in runners to help secure the victory for Dora.

Dora, which finished 5-1 in the tournament, also won the county championship in 2012 under head coach Bret Andrews.

The Bulldogs host the Cordova Blue Devils on Monday. The Wildcats host the Carbon Hill Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Third-place game

Cordova 10, Curry 2

Cordova closed out the Walker County Baseball Tournament with a 10-2 victory over Curry in the third-place game. The Blue Devils finished the tournament by winning five straight games.

Cordova broke open Saturday's game with a six-run third inning. They added four in the fourth to build a 10-1 lead.

Against Curry, Hunter Gilmore earned the victory. He allowed five hits and four walks while striking out nine batters in seven innings.

Clark Chance has a perfect day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three doubles, two runs and one RBI. Chad Russell was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Jackson Kiser was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, Cameron Honeycutt and Jeffre Wingo were both 1 for 3 with an RBI. Both Logan Shumate and Gilmore added hits for the Blue Devils.

Cordova (9-3) looks to continue its hot streak next week with a home game against Oak Grove set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fifth-place game

Carbon Hill 10, Parrish 0

The Carbon Hill Bulldogs took the fifth-place spot in the tournament with a 10-0 win over the Parrish Tornadoes on Saturday.

Bradley Davis threw a no-hitter in the win for Carbon Hill, surrendering only two walks while striking out five Parrish batters in five innings.

Offensively, Austin Jackson was 2-3 with four RBIs for the Bulldogs, while Davis went 1-2 with three RBIs. Steven Mitchell and Tristen Branham recorded one hit each.

Both of Carbon Hill's tournament wins came against Parrish.