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Eubanks hits, then comes in to get final out vs. Jacksonville; Oxford beats Moody, Alexandria splits

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – Taylor Eubanks went 3-for-5 at the plate and then came in to get the final out with bases loaded in the seventh to preserve Ohatchee’s 8-6 win over Jacksonville Saturday.

The Indians opened a 7-2 lead after two innings then held on through Jacksonville’s four-run fourth and the harrowing seventh.

They looked like they’d get out of the seventh without much drama, retiring the first two batters of the inning. But the Golden Eagles loaded the bases with two walks and a single, bringing Eubanks in to pitch and he retired Josh Glass on a full-count grounder to second.

Ohatchee scored four in the first, capped by Austin Tucker’s two-run double. The Indians scored three more in the second, loading the bases with none out and bringing the runs in on Kevin Williamson’s single, an error and Chase Widgeon’s sacrifice fly.

Jacksonville scored two in the first and made things interesting with its big fourth inning. The Golden Eagles’ first five hitters reached base, chasing starter Larry Noah. Chase Widgeon got the next three batters in order and went on to pitch into the seventh without allowing a run before needing Eubanks’ help to end the game.

Widgeon, Noah and Tucker all drove in a pair of runs for Ohatchee. Glass and Brandon Breeding each had two hits for Jacksonville.

Ohatchee 8, Jacksonville 6
Ohatchee 430 001 0 — 8 10 3
Jacksonville 200 400 0 — 6 10 2

WP: Larry Noah. LP: Bryce Walter. 2B: Austin Tucker (O), Blake Buckelew (O).

Jacksonville 12, Pleasant Valley 4: Jacksonville bounced back from the loss to Ohatchee by scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to break open a close game. The Golden Eagles sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning with Brandon Charping delivering a two-run single and Colin Casey a two-run double. At one point in the inning nine straight batters reached safely.

Three pitchers held the Raiders to four hits and one earned run and multiple players contributing at the plate. Colton Clark went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Casey and Charping both had two hits and two RBIs, Blake Morris and Austin Lackey had two hits, and Mak Curry drove in two runs. Ashton King had two hits for PV.

Jacksonville 12, Pleasant Valley 4
Pleasant Valley 102 000 1 — 4 4 3
Jacksonville 201 108 x — 12 13 5

WP: Brandon Charping. LP: Caden McCurdy. 2B: Ashton King (PV), Colin Casey (J), Dylan Murphy (J).

Oxford 6, Moody 1: Jack Peavey’s two-run single highlighted a four-run first inning that carried the Yellow Jackets to victory. Heyden Lindsey drove in the first run of the inning with a bases-loaded walk and Judd Moore singled home the last run of the inning. The Jackets had only five hits and three of them came in the first.

Moore combined with three other pitchers to hold Moody to four singles. The run the Blue Devils scored was unearned.

Oxford 6, Moody 1
Moody 000 100 0 — 1 4 1
Oxford 410 010 x — 6 5 1

WP: Judd Moore. LP: Aaron Gilchrist. 2B: Nate Lloyd (O).

White Plains 8, Moody 3: Andrew Cronan and Andrew Norred both went 3-for-4 and Jake Spivey had two hits and three RBIs. Braxton Dopson drove in two runs. Matthew Clay pitched a complete game for the Wildcats.

Alexandria 6, Munford 0: Dylan DiGangi and Brennan Brown scattered seven hits in blanking the Lions. The Valley Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Nate McCallum’s infield out, then broke it open with three in the fourth on a balk and Griffin Carroll’s two-run single. Carroll was 2-for-3 in the game. Draven Campbell had four of Munford’s hits

The Valley Cubs also played Pell City and lost 6-3. Carroll was 3-for-3 for the Valley Cubs.

The Lions also played Guntersville and lost 4-2 with a two-hitter.

Saks won a pair of one-run games, beating Wellborn 6-5 and Glencoe 9-8.

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