Spain Park shuts out Oak Mountain for important area win
Published 7:22 am Wednesday, April 13, 2022
By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor
NORTH SHELBY – The Spain Park Jaguars hit the road for the short 2-mile trip to rival Oak Mountain on Tuesday, April 12 and came away with a tightly-contested win to continue battling for hosting rights in the area tournament.
With the regular-season area title up for grabs between the Jags, Oak Mountain, Hewitt-Trussville and Vestavia Hills, Spain Park used a three-run sixth inning to put the final stamp on a 4-0 win against the Eagles.
After the win, the Jaguars improved to 3-1 in area play and 26-5-2 overall, while Oak Mountain is now 11-10-1 overall and 2-4 in area play.
Spain Park took the lead early in the game thanks to a two-out RBI single from Maggie Daniel. Emma Jolley led off the inning with a single to second, before a groundout and line out put two down.
Daniel then stepped to the plate, and in a 0-2 count, she laced a single to left field to drive home Jolley for the 1-0 lead.
From there, the game boiled down to pitching, and Ella Reed was on her A game.
She didn’t give up a run through the first five innings, which set the stage for a patient Spain Park offense that eventually broke through with a three-run top of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead.
Reed then finished off the final two innings without allowing a run to complete the shutout victory.
She struck out 13 in the win and gave up two hits and one walk.
At the plate, Katie Flannery made a huge difference with a three-run home run in the sixth that ultimately ended any danger of an Oak Mountain comeback.
Daniel had the one RBI on her first-inning single, while Emma Hawkins, Jolley, Charlee Bennett and Reed each had one hit in the win.
The Jags will now take on Hewitt-Trussville and Vestavia April 18-19, respectively, to determine who will host the area tournament.