Jags blast Hoover

Published 11:16 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Defending state champion Hoover High had to wait a week to start area play because of an odd number of teams in Class 6A, Area 10. The Bucs will have to wait even longer for their first area win, as rival Spain Park went to Hoover and downed the Bucs, 11-2, Tuesday to move to 2-1 in the area.

Jaguar first baseman Aaron Haag was 4-for-4 from the plate with five RBIs and three runs scored, including two doubles and two home runs. Second baseman Mikey White followed in the offensive production with a pair of doubles, a single and three RBIs. Charlie Esskuchen, Jake Lee and Graham Craig each drove in a run. Esskuchen, Craig and Hunter Walker each had two hits.

Former Oak Mountain pitcher Chase Traffica was rocked in a 6-0 loss March 3 against his old team, but bounced back for the complete-game victory Tuesday, striking out six and allowing two earned runs off five hits and four walks.

Hoover scored a run in the fourth and sixth innings, while Spain Park took a 2-0 lead in the first and added a run in the third. A three-run sixth and five-run seventh broke the game open.

Robby Lilly took the loss for the Bucs, allowing five earned runs off eight hits through five innings of play.

The two teams will meet again Friday at Spain Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.

-THOMPSON 2, OAK MTN. 0: Thompson needed a split between Oak Mountain and Spain Park last Friday to have a shot at making ground in Class 6A, Area 10 last week. Despite losing to Pelham, 7-1, March 6, the Warriors got their split on the other side of the county, and then took care of business Tuesday with a 2-0 win at Oak Mountain.

The win puts Thompson even with Oak Mountain in fourth place (2-1) in Area 10 with the second game of the area series scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at Thompson.

Thompson (9-7) took Oak Mountain to extra innings Tuesday, scoring two in the top of the eighth to win. Zach Smith drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to win the game.

Cary Baxter pitched the complete game for Oak Mountain, striking out 10, while Michael Powers picked up the win for Thompson after relieving Trent Lucas in the second inning.

-PLEASANT GROVE 12, 5, CHELSEA 8,0: Pleasant Grove (11-4) swept Chelsea in a doubleheader Tuesday with the help of Chazz Otwell and Aaron Marcus, who took care of business at the plate and on the mound. Otwell pitched a three-hit shutout to win the nightcap and drove in three runs in the first game off two singles and a home run. Marcus picked dup the save in the first game and added two RBIs in the nightcap.

-INDIAN SPRINGS 11, ALTAMONT 1: Phillip Ward struck out 13 and allowed just one hit to down rival Altamont. Springs (2-3) had six hits in the game, including two by Stewart Little.

-COOSA VALLEY 11, CORNERSTONE 1: Coosa Valley blasted rival Cornerstone with a five-run second inning and five-run fourth to 10-run rule the Chargers in five innings. Cornerstone had eight errors in the game to the Rebels’ two. CVA had seven hits. Clayton Halbert had one of Cornerstone’s two hits, driving in Josh Dunnaway for the Chargers’ only run in the fourth inning. Lance Benton had the other CCS hit. Benton took the loss, allowing only three earned runs of the 11 scored.

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