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Monday baseball

Day 1 of Week 2 of the Choccolocco Spring Break Experience highlights the day’s action
Monday’s scores
Handley 8, Weaver 7
Hickman (Mo.) 9, Westbrook Christian 6
Holtville 12, Jacksonville 0
Jacksonville 5, B.B. Comer 3
Lawrence County 9, White Plains 1
Ohatchee 8, B.B. Comer 2
Sardis 11, Wellborn 5
Sardis 9, Saks 6
Southside 12, Pleasant Valley 2
White Plains 7, Oneonta 6
Cleburne County at Ranburne
Saks vs. Randolph County
By East Alabama Sports Today
Playing in the Choccolocco Park Spring Break Experience gives teams like the Ohatchee Indians a chance to face a lot of good competition in a short amount of time. Just the thing it needs to prepare for its area schedule ahead and the most intense part of the season.
But with the Indians being a Class 2A program, that kind of challenge can also put a strain on the pitching staff.
With five games in four days, Indians coach Blake Jennings is looking for five complete games from his starting pitchers. He got the first Monday night as junior Blake Ogle went the distance in an 8-2 win over B.B. Comer.
“This week, because we start area play when we get back, is more about how many complete games can we throw this week,” Jennings said. “With five games in four days we definitely need to be able to throw complete games. If we’re in there throwing complete games, we’re playing pretty well.”
Ogle has been more of a middle reliever for the Indians, but Jennings gave the right-hander his second straight of the season in part because of the situation. Ogle responded by throwing 109 pitches, giving up seven hits and striking out 10 to pick up his fourth win of the season (in eight appearances).
The remainder of the Indians’ schedule here includes Oneonta Tuesday, Munford and Holtville Wednesday and Lauderdale County Thursday.
The rest of the starts are projected to go Larry Noah, Grayson Alward, Konnor Baswell and Devin Howell. Being an eighth-grader on a restricted pitch count, Howell will have to throw “a lot of good innings” to get his complete game.
One of the Indians’ top pitchers, Briley Hale, is undergoing labrum surgery Thursday and is out for the year.
The Indians (7-7) threatened early in the game but didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning when Ogle was balked home to tie the game 1-1. They took the lead the next inning on a two-run triple by Noah and Howell’s run-scoring ground out to the right side of the infield.
Noah went 2-for-3 with three RBIs; he also had an RBI double in the sixth. Baylee Graham went 2-for-3 and Baswell went 2-for-4, giving the Indians a 6-for-9 night from the top three hitters in their lineup.
“The top of the lineup is doing what they are supposed to do,” Jennings said.
B.B. Comer     100 001 0 – 2 7 3
Ohatchee         000 134 x – 8 9 1
WP: Ogle. LP: Beard. 2B: Danford (BBC), Beard (BBC), Noah (O). 3B: Noah (O). HR: Beard (BBC)
White Plains 7, Oneonta 6: Brendan Roper singled home the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on a two-out passed ball as the Wildcats rallied for two in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Matthew Clay retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning to finish up a complete game.
In their other game of the game, the Wildcats were held to one hit in a 9-1 loss to Lauderdale County. Coleman Messer’s one-out double in the fourth was their only hit.
White Plains    031 100 2 – 7 11 1
Oneonta           022 002 0 – 6 6 1
WP: Matthew Clay. LP: Beau Ragsdale. 2B: Ben Rouse (W), Jaden Chatman (W), Coleman Messer (W), Ethan Gobel 2 (W), Jake Hodge (O). 3B: Beau Ragsdale 2 (O).

Lauderdale County      310 203 0 – 9 10 2
White Plains                000 100 0 – 1 1 5
WP: Gage Terry. LP: Conner Coffey. 2B: Caleb Wilson (L), Kaden Edwards (L), Micah Owens (L), Coleman Messer (W). 3B: Brayden Proctor (L).
Sardis 9, Saks 6: The Lions erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to erase Saks’ 5-2 lead.

Hunter McLeod lead to went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Marquel Carlisle went 2-for-2 for the Wildcats. It was McLeod’s two-run single in the fifth that gave Saks that 5-2 lead.
Saks    000 321 0 – 6 8 0
Sardis 110 061 x – 9 14 4
WP: Brody Samples. LP: Hunter McLeod. 2B: Brody Samples 2 (Sr). 3B: Luke Morris (Sr), Jackson Greer (Sr.).
Sardis 11, Wellborn 5: The Lions used another six-run inning, this time in the second, to jump out in front of Wellborn. Brayden Neely went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Panthers.
Sardis        060 310 1 – 11 13 1
Wellborn  002 110 1 – 5 8 5
WP: Justin Golden. LP: Evan Beadles. 2B: Wyatt Samples (S), Sean Wright (S), Trey Hubbard (S), Bailey Neely 2 (W), Brayden Dempsey (W). 3B: Luke Morris (S), Trey Hubbard (S).
Southside 12, Pleasant Valley 2: Connor Johnson hit a two-run double and Sam Raines followed with a two-run homer to highlight Southside’s six-run second inning that erased the Raiders’ early lead in the Gulf Coast Classic.
Jacob Little and Toren Snow both homered for the Panthers in the fourth inning. Little’s was a three-run shot that made it 9-1.
Pleasant Valley scored the game’s first run on Dalton Page’s two-out RBI single in the first. Jake Upton had two hits for the Raiders.
Pleasant Valley          100 010 – 2 8 3
Southside                    060 402 – 12 11 0
WP: Tyler Roberts. LP: Jackson Almaroad. 2B: Jake Upton (P), Connor Johnson (S), Brennan Stakes (S), Toren Snow (S). HR: Toren Snow (S), Jacob Little (S), Sam Raines (S).
Handley 8, Weaver 7: Joseph Burns hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the seventh to send Handley past the Bearcats. Brantley Richardson hit two homers for the Tigers.
Weaver took a 7-6 lead with four-run rally in the sixth, highlighted by Dylan DeLoach’s game-tying two-run double. Drake Monroe followed with a go-ahead single. The first run of the inning came in on a run-scoring groundout by Elijah Smith.
Monroe was 3-for-3 and Jadon Calhoun 3-for-4 for Weaver. 
Weaver           010 114 0 – 7 10 0
Handley          001 500 2 – 8 10 0
WP: Cagan Hamby. LP: Colby Thompson. 2B: Taylor Thompson (W), Jadon Calhoun 2 (W), Drake Monroe (W), Dylan Deloach (W), Smith (H). HR: Burns (H), Richardson 2 (H).
Jacksonville 5, B.B. Comer 3: Coleman Oliver singled home Taye Loud with none out in the sixth inning put Jacksonville back on top after the Golden Eagles had lost a 3-1 lead. Loud led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Oliver’s hit. Aggressive base running by J Morris produced an insurance run in the sixth.
In their other game of the day, the Golden Eagles were held to four hits by Comer’s blanked by Holtville 12-0. Coleman Oliver had two of Jacksonville’s hits. Seven of the nine hitters in the Holtville lineup had at least two hits; Matthew Kemp and Andrew Nobles each were 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
B.B. Comer      001 110 0 – 3 9 2
Jacksonville    012 011 x – 5 6 1
WP: Austin Patterson. 2B: Taye Loud (J).
Holtville 323 04 – 12 16 0
Jacksonville    000 00 – 0 4 0
WP: Chapelle Washam. LP: Taye Loud. 2B: Brylan Shaffer (H), Brady White (H), Payton Coburn (H), Coleman Oliver (J). 3B: Andrew Nobles (H), Matthew Kemp (H).

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