Prep Baseball: Lynn gets key area victory over Eagles
by Johnathan Bentley
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Lynn’s Ryan Cagle throws a pitch against Sumiton Christian during their game Thursday. The Bears won 14-4. Photo by W. Brian Hale
Lynn’s Ryan Cagle throws a pitch against Sumiton Christian during their game Thursday. The Bears won 14-4. Photo by W. Brian Hale
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SUMITON — Lynn gave its playoff hopes a boost with a big win at Sumiton Christian’s Blair Field on Thursday.

The Bears scored eight runs over the first two innings and cruised to a 14-4 victory over the Eagles in their Class 1A, Area 10 matchup.

Lynn took advantage of four Sumiton Christian errors. The Bears only scored five earned runs in the game. The win came two days after Sumiton Christian scored a run in the top of the seventh to knock off the Bears 6-5.

Thursday’s game wasn’t as close.

Lynn led 3-0 after the first inning and 8-0 after the second. The Bears were up 9-0 going into the bottom of the third inning. Sumiton Christian struck for three runs. The Eagles cut the gap to 9-4 in the fifth, but Lynn struck for one run in the sixth and four more in the seventh to earn the 10-run victory.

Brandon Heck led Lynn (6-9, 3-3) at the plate, going 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs, leadoff man Peyton Moore was 2 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, Clay Porter was 2 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs, Garrison Mays was 3 for 4 with two runs, Ryan Cagle was 1 for 2 with two RBIs,  Zac Alexander was 1 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs, Bryant Lawrence was 1 for 5 with a run and an RBI and Landon Alexander was 1 for 3 with two runs.

Ryan Cagle got the start and gave up three runs — two earned — while striking out four in 2 1/3 innings. Ben Cagle got the win in relief, allowing three runs — two earned — while striking out one in 4 2/3 innings.

For Sumiton Christian (7-7, 3-1), Tristan Alexander took the loss, giving up eight runs — three earned in two innings. Austin Bice threw 4 2/3 innings and Nick Collins went the final 1/3.

At the plate for the Eagles, Bice was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Spencer Black was 1 for 1 with an RBI and Alexander, Evan Love and Chandler Oates added hits.

Lynn hosts Addison on Monday at 1 p.m.

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Oakman splits with Good Hope

Oakman blew out Good Hope 12-0 in the opener and dropped a 7-1 decision in the nightcap at home Thursday.

In the first game, the Wildcats erupted for six runs in the first inning and pulled away from there, earning the win in five innings.

Brayden Hall (4-0) got the victory, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings.

Case Key was perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs, Kason Madden was 2 for 3 and Jase Trotter was 1 for 3 with three RBIs.

In the second game, Caleb Woods (4-3) took the loss. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits and six walks.

Landon Minor led the Wildcats at the plate, going 2 for 3. Both Key and Woods added hits.

Oakman (15-4) plays two games at Minor on Saturday, facing the host team at 4 p.m. and Fultondale at 6 p.m.

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Walker falls to 0-2 in area play

Mortimer Jordan pitcher Christian Goodwin held Walker to two hits in a 5-0 victory in their Class 5A, Area 12 matchup at Valley Park.

The Blue Devils (19-9, 2-0) scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings and added two more in the sixth.

Walker got hits from CJ Robinson and Carter Smith. Bryant Atkins allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss.

In the nightcap, which didn’t count in the area standings, Walker scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the 4-3 victory.

Logan Nix singled in Atkins to the game and Bailey Tidwell drew a bases-loaded walk to score John Michael Reed for the winning run.

Jackson Holladay went the distance and got the win on the mound, allowing three runs — two earned — on seven hits and five walks while striking out three in seven innings.

At the plate, Nix was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Reed was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs, Brooks Wade was 2 for 3 and Holladay was 1 for 3.

Walker (8-14, 0-2) plays in the Mountain Brook Spring Break Tournament starting with a game against Clay-Chalkville at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Walker faces Decatur on Tuesday and both Mountain Brook and Athens on Wednesday.