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PV in position to clinch

Baseball roundup: Raiders can clinch playoff spot today after beating Glencoe to even their series; Saks denied

Saks coach Wes Ginn gives instruction to Jalen Borders and Tony Hunley (23) during the Wildcats’ game with Munford Thursday. (Photos by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

Thursday’s baseball
Alexandria 9, Douglas 8 (10 inns.)
Alexandria 7, Douglas 1
Cleburne County 2, Lincoln 1
Donoho 6, Faith Christian 4
Munford 13, Saks 6
Munford 8, Saks 0
Ohatchee 10, Piedmont 0
Ragland 14, Victory Christian 6
Wellborn 6, Weaver 4
Weaver 21, Wellborn 17
White Plains 8, Jacksonville 6
White Plains 16, Jacksonville 6

By East Alabama Sports Today

The Pleasant Valley Raiders put themselves in position to clinch a playoff berth Thursday when Caden McCurdy blanked Glencoe 10-0 to even their area series.

The Raiders won the coin toss and will host Friday’s tiebreaker for the area’s second playoff spot at 5 p.m. Brody Phillips is slated to start on the mound.

“We would have preferred to have taken care of business Tuesday and finish tonight, but this is the hand we’ve been dealt,” PV coach Chris Youngman said. “The guys really played hard tonight and competed with the right mindset.

“We like our guy on the mound and we believe if we come with the same mindset and attitude tomorrow that we did tonight we like our chances.”

Munford 13-8, Saks 6-0: The Wildcats dreams of making the Class 4A playoffs were dashed when Munford rallied from an early 4-0 deficit in the opener and two pitchers held Saks to three hits in the nightcap.

The Wildcats won the first game of the series Tuesday night and only needed to win of the Thursday’s games to grab the second playoff spot from their area. And they got off to such a promising start.

Saks grabbed a 4-0 lead for Jalen Borders in the second inning of the opener. The Lions chipped away and closed to within 4-3, then batted around in the fifth to score six runs. They scored the go-ahead run on Tanner Reeves’ bases-loaded walk. Reaves went 3-for-4 in the game and was one of five Lions to drive in two runs.

In the nightcap, Ethan Bell, who pitched 3.1 finishing the opener, and Dawson Strickland held the Wildcats to three singles – two by Tony Hunley and one by Brandon Ogle. Draven Campbell, Dakota Green and Ethan Swinford each had two hits for the Lions.

The Lions had a 1-0 lead until erupting for five in the third. Zayy Britt delivered the big blow of the inning, driving in three with a fly ball that was misplayed in the field. Britt had two sacrifice flies, one to the wall in center, in the first game.

Munford 13, Saks 6
Munford 001 263 1 — 13 13 2
Saks 040 000 0 — 6 6 1

WP: Ethan Bell LP: Ethan Borders. 2B: Campbell (M), Clark (M), Reeves 2 (M); Burgess (S), Childs (S), Borders (S). HR: Harkins (M)

Ohatchee 10, Piedmont 0: Jaylon Jenkins hit another long home run early in the game and Chase Widgeon put together a one-hitter with five strikeouts for the win in the battle of area champions.

Widgeon faced only one batter over the minimum. The only hit Widgeon allowed by a single to Logan Pruitt with one out in the fifth.

Jenkins unloaded his two-run homer in the first inning. He reach base three times and scored. Larry Noah had two hits and drove in three runs, while Austin Tucker had two hits with two RBIs and Jesse Sellers had two hits.

The top four hitters in the Ohatchee batting order were a combined 7-for-12 with five RBIs.

Ohatchee 10, Piedmont 0
Ohatchee 202 060 — 10 10 1
Piedmont 000 00x — 0 1 1

WP: Chase Widgeon. LP: William Mohon. 2B: Jesse Sellers (O), William Mohon (P). 3B: Austin Tucker (O). HR: Jaylon Jenkins (O).

Cleburne County 2, Lincoln 1: Will Morrow’s one-out single in the bottom of the seventh capped a two-run rally that lifted the Tigers to victory. Morrow’s game-winner came after J Brown singled, stole second and later scored on C Smith’s single. Smith moved into scoring position by stealing second and advancing to second on a passed ball.

Brock Swafford and Damain Benefield combined to shut down the Lions from the mound.

To see more photos from the Mumford-Saks doubleheader, go to www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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