E.A. Sports Today

Wellborn wins opener

Wyatt pitches one-hitter in rout of Woodland, Folsom homers again for Faith Christian, Saks has big inning, PV pitchers fan 16

Friday baseball scores
Faith Christian 11, Anniston 6
Pell City 3, Alexandria 1
Pleasant Valley 4, Spring Garden 1
Pope (Ga.) 15, Oxford 0
Saks 16, Gaston 1
Wellborn 16, Woodland 0
By East Alabama Sports Today
Sophomore right-hander JoJo Wyatt gave up one hit, allowed four base runners and drove in three runs without a hit in Wellborn’s 16-0 season-opening win over Woodland Friday.
Wyatt threw only 49 pitches (36 for strikes) in the five-inning game and faced only two batters over the minimum. He struck out five. He gave up a second-inning double (that was wiped out on a double play), hit a batter and had two reach on dropped third strikes.
“He threw a gem, he was on fire,” Panthers coach Nick Burns said.
At the plate, Burns drove in three runs on three hard-hit balls that didn’t produce a hit. Beau Neely and Will Waldrop both had two hits scored three runs. Brandon Dempsey scored three runs and drove in two.
“Great way to start,” Burns said. “They’ve been working hard and they came out hot.”

Woodland 000 00 — 0   1  4
Wellborn  457 0x — 16  8  0

Faith Christian 11, Anniston 6: Andrew Folsom hit his third homer in two games, Colton Pahman hit the first of his varsity career and Brady Whitworth pitched 3 2/3 innings to get the win. Walker Whitworth and Brodie Dodson each had two hits. Folsom and Alex Almanza had two hits and two RBIs.
The Lions answered Anniston’s two in the first with eight in the bottom of the inning. They had seven hits in a row and after an out got two RBI doubles and a run-scoring triple.

Anniston  200 4 — 6  10  0
Faith 821 x — 11 12 0

Saks 16, Gsaton 1: The Wildcats erupted for 12 runs in the first inning and four pitchers combined on a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, facing just two batters over the minimum.
Saks sent 16 batters to the plate in its big inning, scoring 11 runs with two outs. Nine straight batters reached base at one stretch. Connor Martin hit a two-run double, Hunter McLeod a three-run double and Trent Hopkins a two-run single. 
Eight of the Wildcats’ nine starters had at least one hit. Hunter Landingham went 3-for-3, McLeod was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Mason Jairrels went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. McLeod also was the starting and winning pitcher.
Gaston  000 10 – 1  1  0
Saks (12)21 1x – 16 15 0
Pleasant Valley 4, Spring Garden 1: Braydon Maye’s two-out, two-run single in the first gave the Raiders the lead and Colby Nelson and Pelham Parris made it stand with a combined three-hitter and 16 strikeouts.
Spring Garden scored a run in the visitors’ first without the benefit of a hit. PV starter Nelson settled down after the first and gave up two just two hits in his remaining three innings. Parris struck out eight of the 10 batters he faced in three innings of relief.
Spring Garden    100 000 0 – 1 3 1
Pleasant Valley   201 010 x – 4 9 0
Pope (Ga.) 15, Oxford 0: Former Oxford player Dawson Campbell, who played for the USA Baseball U12 National Team in Mexico as a seventh grader, returned home and went 3-for-4 for the two-time Georgia state champions.

Three Greyhound pitchers held the Yellow Jackets to four hits and only two runners reached second base in the five-inning game. Wesley Sparks, Dawson Winningham, Landon Howell and Miguel Mitchell all had singles.

Pope (Ga.)  045 60 —  15 17 0
Oxford       000 00 — 0 4 4 
Pell City 3, Alexandria 1: The Panthers scored single runs in each of the first two innings and five pitchers held the Valley Cubs to four hits and an unearned run. The Valley Cubs had chances, however, as Pell City pitchers walked 11. Ben McNew drove in their run with a fifth-inning single.

Pell City  110 001 0 — 3  7  2
Alexandria 000 010 0 — 1  4  2

Cover photo from Pope-Oxford game by B.J. Franklin.

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