Nick of time

RCHS senior Nick Sims had a walkoff two-run single last Tuesday that sent his team to a 6-5 win over Ranburne.

RCHS won all three of its games last week, including a pair of blowout victories over Horseshoe Bend and Woodland. The Tigers have now won four straight after opening the season with a loss to Woodland.

Here’s how the week went for the Tigers as well as the other teams in the county.

RCHS 6, Ranburne 5

Nick Sims’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh erased a 5-4 Ranburne advantage and sent RCHS to a 6-5 walkoff victory last Tuesday.

The rally started with two outs and no one on base after Payne Stitcher and J.D. Till were retired to begin the inning. But Braxton Daniel kept the game alive with a single to left, and Alex Sheppard extended it with a two-out walk to set Sims up for the heroic finish.

Sims finished 2-for-3 at the plate, while Bryson Laney had a pair of RBI in a 1-for-3 showing.

Stitcher pitched the final four innings and picked up the win for RCHS. He held Ranburne to one run on five hits to help allow RCHS to overcome an early 4-0 deficit.

RCHS 16, Horseshoe Bend 1

RCHS rode the momentum from that Tuesday comeback to a dominant 16-1 win over Horseshoe Bend Wednesday. RCHS pounded out 13 hits in five innings. Alex Sheppard led the charge, going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

J.D. Till, Braxton Daniel, Nick Sims and Joshua Burns added two hits apiece for RCHS.

Sims and Noah Turner handled business on the mound as the duo combined to limit Horseshoe Bend to one unearned run on four hits.

RCHS 13, Woodland 0

RCHS scored 10 runs in a disastrous first inning for Woodland, and the Tigers got a three-hit shutout from J.D. Till on their way to a 13-0 win over the Bobcats Friday.

RCHS needed just three hits to score those 10 first-inning runs as Woodland pitchers hit five batters and issued one walk, while the defense committed four errors in the inning.

No RCHS player had more than one hit, but Bryson Laney, Noah Turner and Alex Sheppard each had a pair of RBI for the Tigers.

Till recorded five strikeouts and issued three walks in his 5-inning shutout.

Eli Rollins went 2-for-3 for the Bobcats.

Woodland 7, Wadley 6

A seventh inning rally for Wadley came up one run short as the Woodland Bobcats held on for a 7-6 win last Tuesday.

Woodland posted a 5-spot in the top of the seventh to stake itself to a 7-1 lead, but Wadley answered with five runs of its own in the bottom half before stranding the potential tying run at second base.

Dalton Bolan earned the win on the mound for Woodland as he went 5 and 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out 10.

Brock Edwards went 2-for-3 for Woodland while Jackson Lovvorn was 1-for-4 with three RBI.

Jacob Marable led Wadley with three hits in four at-bats with a pair of RBI. Blaine Caldwell and Christian Reaves added two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.

Heard County 3, Handley 2

Handley put together its best pitching performance of the season, but the Tigers’ bats remained mostly silent in a 3-2 extra inning loss to Heard County last Tuesday.

Handley is still seeking its first win of the season after four games, and in those four games the Tigers have scored just four total runs and have been shut out twice.

Two of those runs came against Heard County as Handley battled the Braves to a 2-2 tie through seven innings. But Heard County scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and Handley was unable to answer in the bottom half.

The outcome overshadowed a solid pitching performance by pitchers Riley Owens and Logan Smith. Owens allowed just one earned run in five innings, while Smith pitched the remaining three innings and gave up a run on two hits.

Brantley Richardson and Allen Exum each went 1-for-3 and scored a run for Handley offensively.

The Tigers are scheduled to play again Thursday at Dadeville

Other scores

Ranburne 15, Wadley 0 - Wednesday

Clay Central 15, Woodland 2 – Wednesday

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