Three Fayette County teams are continuing their baseball postseason this week.
In the only game played locally Monday, the top-seeded Oak Hill Red Devils dropped a tough 7-3 verdict to visiting No. 2 seed Wyoming East in a Class AA Region 3, Section 1 game.
The result left the Red Devils and the Warriors slated to meet at Jerry Epperly Field at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for the Section 1 championship and a berth in the Region 3 finals.
Trailing 3-1 Monday, Wyoming East rallied with six runs combined in the fifth and six innings to defeat Oak Hill to force the winner-take-all battle tonight.
“We love it. This is fun. Overall you have to be really happy. (Oak Hill) is a really good team and we were able to beat them (at their place),” veteran Wyoming East head coach Ron “Chief” Mayhew told The Register-Herald. “We got off to a little slow start, but Matt (Caldwell) pitched a really good game and kept us in the game. Tanner (Whitten) was good at the plate and then he came in and did the job on the mound.”
“I think we walked four and hit three (batters) tonight. You can’t put seven guys on base,” Oak Hill head coach Dan Poland told The Register-Herald. “Up 3-1 we are feeling pretty good, but we walk a guy and hit a guy. (Wyoming East) is a really good team. You can’t give them stuff because they will take advantage of it.”
Oak Hill threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning by putting two men on, but East catcher Eric Hoosier made a solid play on a foul ball pop-up to thwart the Red Devils' hopes of a comeback. Then, the Warriors made a couple nice defensive plays in the bottom of the seventh to prevent the Red Devils from rallying.
The Red Devils took their only lead in the home half of the fourth when Ty Nelson, Nathan Bloomfield and Preston Legg drove in a run apiece. Bloomfield and Legg were both 2-for-4 on the night.
WE: 010 042 0 — 7 8 3
OH: 003 000 0 — 3 6 2
WE: Matt Caldwell, Luke Laxton (6), Tanner Whitten (6) and Eric Hoosier; OH: Bradley Lokant, Zane Wolfe (6) and Ty Nelson. WP: Caldwell, LP: Lokant. Hitting: WE: Eric Hoosier 1-4, Matt Caldwell 1-3, Tanner Whitten 1-3 (rbi), Chris Harvey 1-3 (rbi), Chase York 1-4 (rbi), Brandon Simpson 1-2 (rbi), Clay Lester 2-3 (2 rbi); OH: Ty Nelson 1-3 (rbi), Bradley Lokant 1-3, Nathan Bloomfield 2-4 (rbi), Preston Legg 2-4 (2b, rbi).
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In other recent tournament games:
Oak Hill 12
The Red Devils toppled Independence 12-11 in a 15-inning thriller on Thursday in Oak Hill in the Class AA Region 3, Section 1 tourney.
A walk-off error in the bottom of the 15th allowed the Red Devils to escape with the triumph in the marathon game.
Oak Hill's bats were active. Nathan Bloomfield was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, and teammates Tyreece Nelson (3-for-5), Bradley Lokant (2-for-5) and Jonathan Lyons (2-for-8) also drove in two runs apiece. Also, Caleb Jones provided two hits, including a double, and Jones and Preston Legg both knocked in a run. Zane Wolfe and Lane Jordan each supplied two base hits, and Braxton Hall had one base hit.
Michael McKinney had a four-hit game for the Patriots, and teammate Hayden Miller rapped three hits. Both drove in two runs. Atticus Goodson smacked a double.
Jones, Lokant, Legg, Hall, Jordan and Nelson combined on the mound for Oak Hill.
Pocahontas County 6
Last Thursday, the Fayetteville Pirates unleashed a healthy hitting attack to cruise by Pocahontas County 19-6.
Jeffrey McKnight was 2-for-2 with a double and five RBIs to power the attack. Hunter Rinehart was 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs, and Jordan Dempsey (triple, double, RBI) and Logan Frantz (three doubles, RBI) were both 3-for-4. Eli Selvey and Timmy Bell were each 2-for-4, with Selvey knocking in three runs and Bell one. Also, Max Holland and Seth McCarraher drove in one run apiece.
Rinehart and McCarraher combined for the pitching win.
For the Warriors, D. Hendrick was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI, and B. Buzzard and J. Bostic knocked in a pair of runs each.
Weather permitting, Fayetteville and Midland Trail are slated for an elimination game Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Hico. That survivor must then beat No. 1 seed Charleston Catholic twice in coming days to move on the the Region 3 championship series.
Midland Trail 15
The Patriots outlasted the rival Pirates in a 15-14 slugfest late last week.
For Trail, Travis Scarbrough was 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs, and Nicholas Waugh was 4-for-6 and drove in five runs to lead the attack. Cy Persinger and Nathan Hanshew drove in two runs each.
Persinger logged 11 strikeouts on the mound.
Jeffrey McKnight was 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI for the Pirates, and Timmy Bell drove in three runs. Logan Frantz and Max Holland each had a double and two RBIs, Nick Milam and Eli Selvey both knocked in two runs, and Jordan Dempsey smacked a pair of doubles.
Oak Hill 4
Oak Hill pitchers Zane Wolfe and Lane Jordan combined to limit the Raiders to one fifth-inning run last Wednesday in a 4-1 Oak Hill win in the Red Devils' tourney opener.
Wolfe struck out seven and allowed five hits in five innings, and Jordan fanned two and gave up two hits in a two-inning relief role.
Preston Legg was 2-for-3 for the OHHS offense, and Wolfe, Bradley Lokant, Nathan Bloomfield and Caleb Jones supplied one hit apiece. Wolfe, Bloomfield, Jones and Braxton Hall produced one RBI each.
Dalin Adkins had a double and an RBI for the Raiders.
Webster County 10
Host Webster County logged a walk-off, 10-9 win over Valley last Wednesday in the Class A Region 3, Section 1 baseball tournament.
With the score tied at 1-1 through two innings, the Greyhounds plated three runs in the top of the third for a 4-1 lead. However, the Highlanders responded with four runs in their half of the inning to reclaim the lead, 5-4.
Through the top of the fifth frame, Valley owned a 7-5 margin. The Highlanders, though, put four more runs on the scoreboard in the home half of the inning to move back into the lead, 9-7.
Valley wasn't finished, however. After both teams went scoreless in the sixth, the 'Hounds pushed across two more runs in the top of the seventh to knot the contest at 9-9, only to see Webster County score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
"I am very proud of my team; we battled all night and just ran out of at-bats," said Valley head coach Chip Warden. "The effort was there, but Webster was just lucky enough to get to bat last. They had a very scrappy team."
For Valley, Zach Winter went the distance on the mound and was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Connor Raynes was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one RBI, and Colton Kincaid was 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Also for VHS, Jimmy Harper was 1-for-3 with an RBI, both Noah Arthur and Isiah Ford were 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Jett Taylor smacked a double and knocked in a run.
Valley finished its final baseball season with a 4-18 record.
"I'm very proud of my team and wish all of them luck in their next phase in life," Warden said.