E.A. Sports Today

Thurmond throws no-hitter

UPDATED: Win over Saks keeps J’ville in contention for area playoff spot; Oxford only undefeated team in Hoover; Alexandria wins

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – Senior left-hander Sid Thurmond threw the first no-hitter of his career and Colton Clark delivered a bases-loaded single in a three-run third as Jacksonville beat the rain and Saks 4-0 to stay in the area playoff hunt.

The game was called after five innings because of weather.

Thurmond allowed only two base runners – both on walks – and struck out five. He retired the first 10 batters he faced.

“I really felt like we were in control of the game with Sid on the mound; I thought he was handling them pretty good,” Jacksonville coach David Deerman said. “I don’t think he was as sharp as I’d seen him, he went deep in some counts, but he battled back and made some good pitches.”

The Golden Eagles were leading 1-0 when Thurmond led off the third with a double. He advanced around the bases on two passed balls. Clark added his two-run single with one out for more insurance.

Austin Lackey drove in Jacksonville’s first run with a first-inning single.

The win allows the Golden Eagles to maintain pace in the three-team race for the area’s playoff spots with White Plains and Cleburne County. Those two teams were rained out Tuesday and set to try again Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles took two of three from Cleburne County earlier this season. They play White Plains next week.

“In these area games the only thing we’re trying to do is take it one game at a time and do our part and worry about the rest later,” Deerman said.

Oxford 11, Hendersonville (Tenn.) 0

HOOVER – Nate Lloyd faced only three batters over the minimum in a two-hit shutout and Oxford continued to wield some hot bats in the Buccaneer Classic.

The win left the Yellow Jackets 3-0 in pool play and with a run differential of 31-6.

The Jackets are the only undefeated team in the tournament after two days. They play Helena and Spain Park to complete pool play today.

Lloyd gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three.

The Jackets (14-10) scored a run in the first inning, then erupted for three in the second and five in the third. Andy Hammond had two hits and Lloyd and Austin Bolander each drove in two runs.

“I think it was important we scored first,” Oxford coach Wes Brooks said. “When you score first you get back in that mode where we … picked back up where we left off. I think there was carryover, momentum from yesterday.”

Oxford 11, Hendersonville (Tenn.) 0

Oxford 135 02 — 11 7 0
Hendersonville 000 00 — 0 2 4

NATE LLOYD and Derek Miller; WILL WACASER, Alec Nelson (3) and Andrew Doris. 2B: Brody Syer (O). WP: Lloyd. LP: Wacaser.

Alexandria 9, Lincoln 1

LINCOLN — Cody Dodd pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and Derrik Turner hit a two-run homer as the fourth-ranked Valley Cubs won their 14th straight and inched closer to clinching an area title.

The teams play Wednesday 4:30 p.m. in Alexandria and the Valley Cubs would win the area with a victory.

Riley Shaw had two hits, while Justin Whitley and Jacob Heathcock both had doubles for the Valley Cubs (21-2).

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