OAK HILL — In a battle of Region 3 baseball rivals Thursday, the host Oak Hill Red Devils held off a late charge from Shady Spring for a 7-6 victory.
Oak Hill built up a 7-2 margin through five innings, then held off a four-run rush by the Tigers in the sixth to escape with the one-run win at Jerry Epperly Field.
"I wish we could handle the sixth and seventh innings a little better," said Oak Hill head coach Dan Poland.
For the Red Devils, Lane Jordan was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Tyreece Nelson was 1-for-4 and drove in two runs, Jonathan Lyons knocked in one run, Zane Wolfe was 1-for-3 and scored three runs, and Caleb Jones was 1-for-3.
Justin Lovell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Tigers, and Grant Davis was 1-for-4 and drove in three runs. Also, Matt St. Clair was 2-for-4, and Jason Meadows was 2-for-3 with a double.
Bradley Lokant gained the pitching win with relief help from Nelson. Lokant allowed nine hits and six runs while striking out five.
The triumph was the sixth straight and seventh of eight for Oak Hill (16-8).
"We've gotten really good pitching for the most part and we're hitting the ball good ... 1 to 9," said Poland. "Mark (assistant Bloomfield) does a real good job with the hitting.
"It's hard to get on (the players) defensively. We have only two or three kids who play the same position every game; we've had some kids who have played four or five positions. It's hard."
Poland said the season has been a pleasant one for him. "This has been one of the better teams I've had the privilege of coaching," he said. "We have a real deep pitching staff; I feel confident with any of the guys I put on the mound.
"It's a good group of kids (and good assistant coaches). They all like baseball and they like each other a lot. It's been a fun year."
The Pirates led 1-0 through five innings before visiting Sherman took charge for the 3-2 verdict.
Jacob Hensley was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI for the Tide. Noah Boggs was 2-for-3, David Jarrell was 2-for-4, and Josh Jenkins and Logan Burdette both drove in a run.
Hensley struck out 14 FHS batters.
For Fayetteville (6-6), Jordan Dempsey was 3-for-4, and Max Holland (RBI), Eli Selvey and Seth McCarraher were each 1-for-3.
Fayetteville head coach Okey Skidmore said his squad has been pretty solid this spring. "We've played good competition," he said, noting that the Sherman setback was only the second one against a Class A foe this year.
"We won four of five the week before and should have won the fifth (Wyoming East). People are calling off games, and we haven't gotten a lot in. We're not playing bad right now, but we had a week and a half off and we didn't want it."
Fayetteville's scheduled weekend games with Midland Trail and Webster County were shelved due to the weather. The Pirates are slated to play at Charleston Catholic Tuesday at 6 p.m.
"As long as we're ready for Catholic, that's what matters," said Skidmore.
Oak Hill 20
Summers County 4
A big day from Haylee Byers lifted the Red Devil girls past Summers County 20-4.
Byers was 3-for-4 with a homer, a triple and six RBIs to power the attack. Also, Savannah Holbrook was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs, Abigail Ward was 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs, Cessa Higginbotham was 2-for-4 with one RBI, Kylie Pelkey was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Kaylee Mann was 2-for-4 with a double.
Whitney Sisler got the pitching win for the Red Devils, fanning six and allowing three hits.
For Summers, Myers was 2-for-3 and knocked in a run, and Richmond and Dickenson each drove in a run.
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