E.A. Sports Today

Saks good start

Saks walks off with a win over Ider, complete sweep; Faith also walks off a win; Ohatchee shuts down White Plains

Cullman 13, Alexandria 7
Donoho 9, Wellborn 6
Faith Christian 16, Anniston 1
Faith Christian 4, B.B. Comer 3
Gadsden City 13, Alexandria 4
Lincoln 6, Pleasant Valley 1
Lincoln 9, Cherokee County 4
Ohatchee 9, White Plains 2
Pleasant Valley 10, Cherokee County 9
Saks 9, Coosa Christian 4
Saks 3, Ider 2

By East Alabama Sports Today

Clay Rucker ripped a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the seventh to knock in the winning run in a 3-2 victory over Ider that earned Saks a sweep of its doubleheader Saturday.

The Wildcats beat Coosa Christian in the first game 9-4, but it was the nightcap that sent everyone home happy.

Connor Martin came in behind Saks starter Mason Jairrels in the top of the seventh and retired the middle of the Ider’s order with three infield pops. The Wildcats came up in the bottom of the inning and loaded the bases on a walk, error and Jeirrels’ single with one out. Rucker then ripped a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Martin with the winning run.

“It was really exciting for the kids to experience that early in the season,” Saks coach Wes Ginn said. “We told the kids those kinds of games early in the year will prepare us for later on. All those area games are going to be tough, close games and hard-fought battles and these kinds of close games are going to prepare us for those down the road.”

Both starting pitchers were brilliant. Ider’s Peyton Hood gave up two runs and struck out 12 in five innings. Saks’ Jairrels pitched six innings, gave up one unearned run and struck out nine. Hood threw 69 pitches, Jairrels 112.

The Wildcats ripped six doubles in the Coosa Christian game, Leadoff man Rickey Garrett had two and two RBIs, and Jairrels had two with three RBIs. Trent Hopkins went 3-for-3

Saks                        201 024 0 – 9  12  4
Coosa Christian  021 001 0 – 4    2  2

WP: Ricky Garrett. LP: Clete O’Bryant. 2B: Taylor Fields (S), Rickey Garrett 2 (S), Mason Jairrels 2 (S), Connor Martin (S).

Ider     100 001 0 –  2  6  1
Saks    200 000 1 –  3 10  4
WP: Connor Martin. LP: Cody Tinker. 2B: Peyton Wood (I), Connor Martin (S).


Devin Howell had another big day at the plate and starter Brent Honaker pitched four innings of no-hit ball and struck out 11 to lead Ohatchee past White Plains 9-2.

Howell had three hits for the second game in a row and scored a pair of runs. He had a double and a triple among his hits. Carson Tittle also had a multiple-hit game.

Honaker threw 70 pitches, 44 for strikes. He struck out four batters in the fourth inning.

Ohatchee          140 120 1 – 9  7  0
White Plains    000 101 0 – 2  3  9
WP: Brett Honaker. LP: Tyler Daniel. 2B: Devin Howell (O), Trey Pesnell (O), Carson Tyree (WP). 3B: Devin Howell (O).


Judson Billings’ go-ahead RBI double capped a five-run fourth inning rally and then threw three innings of one-hit relief to lift Donoho to a season-opening victory. Billings’ big hit came on the next pitch after Nic Thompson’s three-run double tied the game 6-6. 

Billings and Lucas Elliot both had three hits in the game for Donoho. Dean Harrell had two hits and two RBIs.

Beau Neely’s grand slam gave Wellborn a 5-2 lead in the second and he scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to extend the lead before Donoho rallied.

Wellborn              140 100 0 – 6   7  1
Donoho                 200 511 x – 9 11  1
WP: Judson Billings. LP: Jett Smith. 2B: Joseph Wyatt (W), Nic Thompson (D), Judson Billings (D). HR: Beau Neely (W).


Will Smith waited out a bases-loaded walk with none out in the bottom of the tenth to give Faith Christian its victory over B.B. Comer.

The Lions erupted for 13 runs in the first inning against Anniston. They sent 18 batters to the plate in the inning, 12 after the Bulldogs got two out.


Braydon Maye hit a game-tying two-run double and then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to cap a six-run sixth-inning rally that lifted the Raiders over Cherokee County. 

The Warriors took a 9-4 lead in the top of the inning on back-to-bacak two-run doubles by Isaiah Wood and Walker Pruett.

Noah Wyatt put down the Warriors in order in the seventh to preserve the victory.

Lincoln kept the Raiders from sweeping their doubleheader when Peydon Popham and Jayden Ramsey held them to three singles.

Cherokee County              100 044 0 –   9  9  3
Pleasant Valley                  110 116 x – 10 11  1
WP: Noah Wyatt. LP: Haden Wheeler. 2B: Walker Pruett 2 (CC), Isaiah Wood (CC), Connor Wilson (CC), Jackson Almaroad (PV), Braydon Maye (PV). 3B: Zeke Curvin (PV).

Lincoln                  002 030 1 – 6 5 6
Pleasant Valley   001 000 0 – 1 3 4
WP: Peydon Popham. LP: Connor George (PV). 2B: Hunter Johnson (L), Landon Smith (L)


The Valley Cubs got off to a rough start in both games and couldn’t recover. They gave up four runs in each of the first three innings against Gadsden City and seven in the first two against Cullman.

They did get within two runs of Cullman scoring five runs in the sixth (three on a misplayed bunt), but gave up four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Alexandria          001 030 0  –   4  6 3
Gadsden City      444 001 x  –  13 9 2
WP: Cory Cline. LP: Austin West. 2B: Gabriel Brito (G), Kyle Haney (G).

Alexandria           002 005 0 –   7    8  4
Cullman                340 114 x – 13  10  3
WP: Hayden Stancil. LP: Brayden Thacker. 2B: Brennen Norton 2 (C), Max Dueland (C), Zac Edwards (C). 3B: Austin West (A), Hayden Stancil (C).

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