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Big innings abound

Baseball roundup: Teams use big innings to rally or take control of games around the area

Oxford’s Peyton Howard (5) slides into home where Deshler catcher Houston Grissom waits to apply the tag in the third inning of Saturday’s game. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

By East Alabama Sports Today
Alexandria 7, Montgomery Catholic 2:
Landon Comer followed a quality start in the Calhoun County Tournament semifinals that produced a no-decision with four innings of no-hit ball to give Alexandria the chance to beat the Knights.
Comer struck out four. Meanwhile, Noah Primm, Layton Ellison, Jalen Borders and Jared Ponder all had two hits in the game for the Valley Cubs.
The Valley Cubs scored five in the first inning. Brendan Brown drove in the first run with a fielder’s choice. Two more scored later in the inning on Jared Ponder’s hot shot to short.
Alexandria 14, Jacksonville 9: Ryan Taylor hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBIs to lead the Valley Cubs. Mitch Welch got the win with two innings of one-hit shutout relief. Primm had two doubles in the game.
The Golden Eagles took a 6-1 lead with five runs in the third, but the Valley Cubs rallied. Taylor’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run third and his grand slam broke a 6-6 tie and capped a six-run fourth that put the Cubs in the lead for good.
Brandon Charping, Brandon Heard, Christian Royster and Coleman Oliver had two RBIs each for Jacksonville.
Montgomery Catholic 16, Jacksonville 6: The Golden Eagles scored six runs in the first inning, but couldn’t hold the lead. The Knights cut their deficit in half with three in the third, then broke it open by sending 13 batters to the plate in a 10-run fifth inning.
Brandon Charping, Brandon Heard and Dreylan Fomby all had RBI singles for Jacksonville in the first inning. Luke Voorhees was 3-for-3 with four RBIs in the game for the Knights.
Alexandria 7, Montgomery Catholic 2
Mont. Catholic  000 000 2 – 2 5 5
Alexandria        510 010 x – 7 7 2
WP: Landon Comer. LP: Morris Carmichael. 2B: Layton Ellison 2 (A).
Alexandria 14, Jacksonville 9
Jacksonville     105 000 3 – 9 8 3
Alexandria       103 622 x – 14 7 0
WP: Mitch Welch. LP: Taye Loud. 2B: Coleman Oliver (J), Cade Shaddix (A), Noah Primm 2 (A). HR: Ryan Taylor 2 (A)
Montgomery Catholic 16, Jacksonville 6
Jacksonville     600 000 – 6 9 3
Mont. Catholic 003 0(10)3 – 16 12 2

WP: Patrick Ryan. LP: Brandon Charping. 2B: Dylan Murphy (J), Luke Voorhees (M), Brock Hudson (M).
Deshler 10, Oxford 3: Deshler roughed up five young pitchers for 10 runs and 11 hits while handing Oxford a 10-3 loss at Choccolocco Park, snapping the Yellow Jackets’ four-game winning streak.
Grant Wisdom went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the Tigers (7-4). Ryan Kelley, Brayden Buckner and Will Pilgrim had two hits apiece.
Deshler scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, but the Jackets tied it in the bottom of the inning on Peyton Howard’s RBI triple. Deshler retook the lead in the second, then broke it open with three in the third and two in the fourth.
The Yellow Jackets (9-3) had eight hits in the game, three for extra bases. Reese Howard and Trey Mooney had two hits apiece.
American Christian 14, Wellborn 2: The Patriots, still smarting from a walk-off loss to Oxford the night before, scored four in the first inning and never looked back. Chad Fendley drove in three runs for ACA, while John Williams, Carter Lockdridge and Cameron Wyatt had two hits apiece. Brayden Dempsey went 3-for-3 for Wellborn and Jett Smith had two hits. 
Deshler 10, Oxford 3
Deshler            113 210 2 – 10 11 2
Oxford             101 100 0 – 3 8 2

WP: Nick Whitten. LP: Nick Hamlin. 2B: Trey Higgins (O), Chadd Adams (O). 3B: Grant Wisdom (D).
American Christian 14, Wellborn 2
Wellborn        020 00 – 2 6 2
ACA                 431 6x – 14 11 1

WP: Lawson Pratt. LP: Sammy Cotton. 2B: Blake Smith (A), William Sute (A), Carter Lockridge (A), John Williams (A).

Wellborn shortstop Jett Smith awaits a throw as ACA’s Carter Lockridge (24) slides in with a fourth-inning stolen base. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

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Faith Christian 12, Anniston 2: Stone Huie scored four runs and had an RBI triple that was Faith’s first hit of the game. The Lions built a 3-0 lead in the first without benefit of a hit. Alex Almanza allowed three hits in five innings and struck out three to get the win. Tyree Carmichael had two of the hits for Anniston.
Faith Christian 12, Anniston 2
Anniston           100 01 – 2 3 5
Faith Christian 324 03 – 12 4 1

WP: Alex Almanza. LP: Jaylyn Ackles. 3B: Stone Huie (F)
Munford 20, Lincoln 3: Drew Harkins drove in four runs and the top four hitters in the Lions’ lineup were a combined 11-for-15 with nine RBIs. The Lions rallied from a 3-0 deficit with four in the home first, then broke it open with 10 in the second. 
Moody 9, Munford 8: The Blue Devils scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh inning to wipe out an 8-5 deficit. Munford grabbed its lead with a six-run fifth, highlighted by Drew Harkins’ three-run homer. 
The Lions came within one out of holding on, but Mikel Warren tied the game with a solo homer after Harkins struck out the first two batters of the inning, then Braden Carpenetti drove home the go-ahead run with a triple to right field. Carpenetti also hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Munford 20, Lincoln 3
Lincoln             300 00 – 3 2 3
Munford          4(10)6 0x – 20 14 2

WP: Terry Davis. LP: Dawson Jackson. 2B: Drew Harkins (M), Dakota Green (M).
Moody 9, Munford 8
Moody             102 022 2 – 9 8 3
Munford          000 260 0 – 8 8 2

WP: Justin Dowdle. LP: Drew Harkins.
2B: Mason Shockley (Mo), Payton Graben (Mun). 3B: Braden Carpenetti (Mo). HR: Braden Carpenetti (Mo), Mikel Warren (Mo), Drew Harkins (Mun).

The scoreboard reflects a tough day for Oxford shortstop Trey Higgins and the Yellow Jackets. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

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