Oakman named Walker County Baseball Tournament champs due to infraction
by Johnathan Bentley
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Oakman coach Chris Coons talks to his players during their game against Cordova in the Walker County Tournament. Oakman is the Walker County Tournament champion due to a rules violation by Dora. Photo by W. Brian Hale
Oakman coach Chris Coons talks to his players during their game against Cordova in the Walker County Tournament. Oakman is the Walker County Tournament champion due to a rules violation by Dora. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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Two days after winning the Walker County Baseball Tournament title, the Dora Bulldogs were dethroned as county champions Monday.

Due to a rule violation that involved a pitcher throwing one inning more than allowed in a two-day period, Oakman is the Walker County Baseball Tournament champion.

The Wildcats lost an 11-9 decision to the Bulldogs in Saturday’s back-and-forth championship game at Dora High School.

On Monday. Dora forfeited the game, giving the Wildcats the 1-0 victory.

The pitching rule from the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Spring Sports Book states: "A player may pitch in a maximum of seven innings in one day or over two consecutive calendar days, after which three consecutive calendar days of rest are required before being eligible to pitch again. A player's eligibility to pitch is not determined by the number of hours between pitching appearances."

The AHSAA Spring Sports Book also states: "One pitch (legal or illegal) thrown in any inning will count as one inning pitched for the player making the pitch."

Dora's infraction occurred over a two-day span in games against Oakman.

The Wildcats defeated Dora 2-1 in their round-robin game on Friday night at Oakman High School, with Cody Thomas throwing 2/3 of an inning in the loss. Thomas started the championship game against Oakman Saturday evening, pitching into the seventh inning.

When Thomas threw the first pitch of the seventh inning, Dora violated the rule by allowing the pitcher to start his eighth inning over the two-day span.

Dora was looking for its second Walker County Tournament title in three years under coach Bret Andrews.

Oakman Principal Patrick Gann said the schools were working on swapping trophies.

The Wildcats are coached by Chris Coons.