E.A. Sports Today

Jenkins, Indians off to fast start

Ohatchee opens its baseball season with a big victory over Saks, Jenkins strong at the plate and on the mound

Thursday’s scores
Alexandria 6, Jacksonville 3
Munford 14, Wellborn 5
Ohatchee 12, Saks 2, 5 inns.

By East Alabama Sports Today

OHATCHEE — Jaylon Jenkins got his senior baseball season off to a big start Thursday as he homered and pitched in Ohatchee’s 12-2 Opening Day win over Saks.

Jenkins pitched three strong innings with five strikeouts and hit a two-run homer in his last at-bat.

“In his first at-bat he tried to hit it on top of the elementary school, I think, and struck out,” Ohatchee coach Blake Jennings said.

On the mound, he scattered three singles.

“After the first inning, once he settled in, he was pretty dominant,” Jennings said.

The Indians took advantage of 15 walks to make quick work of the Wildcats. They did have seven hits. In addition to Jenkins’ homer Jesse Sellers had two singles and Taylor Eubanks and Chase Widgeon each doubled.

“I was more or less pleased with our defense and our patience at the plate,” Jennings said.

Alexandria 6, Jacksonville 3

The Valley Cubs didn’t get many hits but took advantage of some wildness from the mound to manufacture four runs in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie.

Jacksonville walked two and hit three in the inning and Justin Shaw got fielder’s choice RBI.

The Cubs threw five pitchers. Brennan Brown got the win and Justin Shaw earned the save with two perfect innings of closing relief.

Brant Deerman had two doubles and Brandon Breeding two singles for the Golden Eagles.

Munford 14, Wellborn 5

Drew Harkins drove in three runs with two hits, Marshall Clark went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and the Lions (2-0) scored nine runs in the seventh inning to spoil Wellborn’s opener. Earlier in the day it was learned Wellborn coach Shane Harrell was taking an indefinite leave for health reasons.

Oxford 3, Pinson Valley 2

Kaylynn Gareett had two hits, including an RBI double, Haley Lyner hit a two-run homer and JoJo Skinner pitched a complete game for Oxford. The Jackets scored three in the first before making an out and Skinner made them stand by scattering three hits and striking out nine.

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