Oak Hill tops Leake despite ‘sloppy’ play

Oak Hill Academy pitcher Dylan Scott throws during the Raiders’ Monday matchup against the Leake Academy Rebels in the Golden Triangle Spring Break Classic.
Staff Writer

The Oak Hill Academy Raiders took advantage of two big swings and strong pitching on Monday on its way to a 7-2 victory over the Leake Academy Rebels.

The game, played at Starkville Academy as part of the Golden Triangle Spring Break Classic, was called after five innings after the game reached the one-hour, 50-minute time limit.

Catcher Collins Brown got the first two runs across after smashing a home run over the left field fence in the top of the first to put the Raiders up 2-0. Brown would finish the game 2-for-2 with a home run, a single and a walk.

Dylan Scott took the hill for the Raiders to start the game and hurled three scoreless innings before errors in the field saw the Rebels scratch across two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Scott threw four full innings for the Raiders on 73 pitches and left at least two Rebel runners on base in each of the first three frames. He struck out three, gave up one walk and hit one batter.

The third inning saw the lion’s share of offensive production from the Raiders, led in part by Ethan Bryan, who sent a towering three-run homer over the right field wall.

The Raiders would then load the bases again following Bryan’s home run, and Nate Lamkin’s single drove in two more runs to cushion the Raiders’ lead.

“We pitched it good enough to win, we had a couple big swings but other than that it was a sloppy game defensively, we were not very good,” Oak Hill coach Mitch Bohon said.

Bryan - a lefty - would come in for the last inning in relief for Scott, and held the Rebels scoreless on 14 pitches with one walk allowed.

Despite the multiple errors made by the Oak Hill defense, Bohon praised his starting pitcher for his tenacity and leadership.

“(Scott) is our workhorse and he’s our guy that’s going to step up every time we need it,” Bohon said. “He’s had a good time here and he’s going to keep it rolling.”

Bohon then pointed to the home runs hit by Brown and Bryan as being the deciding factor in the victory.

“(Brown) is very disciplined,” Bohon said. “He’s walked and been hit by pitches more than he has official at bats right now.”

The Raiders will continue tournament play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.