J.D. Till and Payne Stitcher combined for a three-hit shutout, and RCHS won its fifth straight game with a 6-0 victory over Ranburne Friday in Wedowee.
RCHS got all the runs it would need in the first inning. The Tigers loaded the bases on a Till single, a Braxton Daniel walk and an error off the bat of Alex Sheppard. The first run scored on a passed ball, and the other two came around on a groundout off the bat of Nick Sims.
Jake Smith added an RBI single in a two-run third inning, and Till tacked on one more run with run-scoring hit in the sixth.
Smith and Till had two hits apiece to pace the Tigers’ 5-hit day. Noah Turner also went 1-for-3 and scored a run for RCHS.
Till got the start and the win on the mound as he went 4 and 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and three walks. He is now 2-0 on the season with a 1.27 ERA.
Stitcher got the final eight outs and gave up just one hit to secure the shutout.
RCHS is now 5-1 on the season and is scheduled to begin area play this week against Dadeville.
Woodland 4, Wadley 3
It took extra innings, but Woodland was able to rally for a dramatic 4-3 walk-off win over Wadley Monday in Woodland.
Dalton Bolan’s one-out single in the bottom of the eighth scored Brock Edwards from third base and gave Woodland the one-run win. That came after Woodland kept the game alive with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 3-1 Wadley lead.
The winning hit was a bit of redemption for the shortstop Bolan after his error in the top of the sixth opened the door for Wadley’s three-run inning.
Bolan also got the Woodland rally started in the seventh, with a one-out double. He later came around to score on a clutch two-run single by Eli Rollins to tie the game.
Bolan finished 2-for-5 at the plate and is now hitting .462 with a 1.447 OPS on the season.
Ethan Copeland got the win on the mound after he pitched the final two innings and did not surrender a hit while recording three strikeouts.
Wadley starter Blaine Caldwell continued his good work on the mound as he went five innings, gave up one unearned run and struck out five. But he did not factor into the decision after Woodland’s rally late in the game.
Justin Fulghum went 1-for-3 with two RBI for Wadley, and Christian Reaves drove in Wadley’s other run despite going 0-for-4.
Woodland (5-4) is scheduled to play Beulah Friday before starting area play against Ranburne next week.
Wadley is 1-3 after the loss and will take on Loachapoka in an area doubleheader Thursday.