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Wednesday baseball

Playoff life just got a little more complicated for Donoho and White Plains
Wednesday’s scores
Coosa Christian 7, Donoho 6
Ragland 14, Talladega 1
White Plains 7-8, Cherokee County 6-9
Thursday’s games
Cleburne County at Wellborn
Coosa Christian vs. JCA (2)
Donoho at Spring Garden
Fort Payne at Oxford (2)
Munford at Sylacauga (2)
Ohatchee at Gaston (2)
Piedmont at Saks (2)
Pleasant Valley at Weaver (2)
Southside at Alexandria (2)
By East Alabama Sports Today
Donoho and White Plains just saw their playoff pictures get a lot more complicated Wednesday because of a couple one-run losses.
Donoho had a chance to clinch a Class 2A playoff spot with a series sweeping victory over Coosa Christian Wednesday. Instead, the Falcons lost 7-6 and will now need a series of things to happen to get them in.
White Plains had a chance to earn a tiebreaker over Cherokee County with a sweep of its doubleheader. Instead, the Wildcats came out with a split, winning the important first game 7-6 to split the series, but losing the nightcap 9-8 in eight innings in the tiebreaker.
Coosa Christian 7, Donoho 6: Joshua Burger’s two-run double with one out in the sixth snapped a 5-5 tie and put the Conquerors ahead for good. Donoho scored a run in the seventh and got the tying run to into scoring position with one out – to third with two – but couldn’t get it home.
Reid Willamon’s RBI double drew Donoho even in the fifth. Willamon drove in three runs in the game. Jase Alderman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Hall Billings had two hits.
Burger was 3-for-3 with four RBIs for the Conquerors.
The Falcons have two more chances to get in – beating Spring Garden twice Thursday or JCA sweeping the Conquerors.
Donoho           001 031 1 – 6 11 4
Coosa Chr.      201 202 x –  7 7 1
WP: Masaki Nakamura. LP:  Judson Billings. 2B:  Jase Alderman 2 (D), Edwin Connell (D), Hall Billings (D), Reid Willamon (D), Joshua Burger (CC).
White Plains 7-8, Cherokee County 6-9: Connor Wilson’s double with none out in the eighth send Ethan Johnson home with the winning run of the nightcap to earn Cherokee County a split of their doubleheader after White Plains held on to win the opener.
In the opener, Brendan Roper went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and xxxx Knight had two hits. Roper’s two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth that gave the Wildcats a 7-3 lead.
The Warriors jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the nightcap, White Plains took an 8-7 lead with four in the sixth highlighted by Logan Knight’s two-out, two-run single. Cherokee County tied it on Carson Garrett’s two-out RBI single.
Wilson went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, while Garrett was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tyler Daniel had two hits and Jaden Chatman had two RBIs for White Plains. 
All three games in the series were one-run games.
The Wildcats can still make the playoffs if they sweep Jacksonville and Hokes Bluff sweeps Cherokee County; the same holds true  for Jacksonville. If Hokes Bluff and Cherokee County split for the third year in a row, those two would advance. Because the third game of the series means nothing more than a tiebreaker, there’s a chance Cherokee County could win two area series and not make the playoffs.
Game One
White Plains  010 240 0 – 7 12 2
Cherokee Co.  020 120 1 – 6 11 1
WP: Matthew Clay. LP: Ethan Tillery. 2B: Brendan Roper (WP), Caden Hubbard 2 (CC), Ethan Johnson 2 (CC).
Game Two
White Plains  010 304 00 – 8 9 2
Cherokee Co.  240 011 01 – 9 10 5
WP: Connor Wilson. LP: Tyler Knight. 2B: Caden Hubbard (CC), Connor Wilson (CC).

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