Raiders split pair of blowouts on Tuesday

 Oak Hill pitcher Jonah Caskey started the day on the mound for the Raiders against Kirk Academy. (Photo by Ryan Phillips, DTL)
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RYAN PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

The Oak Hill Academy Raiders struggled at the plate and in the field Tuesday morning, suffering a 13-2 loss to visiting Kirk Academy.

The game was the first in a two-game home stretch for the Raiders on Tuesday as part of the Golden Triangle Spring Break Classic.

Jonah Caskey started the game on the mound for the Raiders, throwing 3 and 1/3 innings before the bats of Kirk Academy began to really warm up.

A Kirk Academy home run in the top of the 2nd saw all the momentum shift to the visiting team’s favor, putting the visiting Raiders up 6-1 early. 

Kirk Academy scored at least a run in every inning of play, including five in the last inning, which was made possible by a plethora of Oak Hill defensive mistakes.

Robert “Ice Box” Thompson would come in for relief for Oak Hill, before throwing 2/3 of an inning and being replaced by Nate Lamkin, who finished the game. 

Both of Thompson’s outs came by way of strikeouts. The reliever also gave up two walks to Kirk Academy. 

Half of the Raiders’ offensive production came via Collins Brown’s sacrifice fly in the first. Brown finished 0-for-0 with two walks. 

The Raiders’ other run came after Manning Huffman reached on an error, allowing a runner to cross the plate. 

Ethan Bryan also reached base on a single and was hit by a pitch. 

Coach Mitch Bohon had little to say following the blowout loss.

“It was ugly, every facet. Just ugly.,” Bohon said. “We didn’t pitch well, terrible approaches and defense was poor.”

OAK HILL 27, NORTH SUNFLOWER ACADEMY 1

The afternoon game for the Raiders went a different direction as Oak Hill easily blew out visiting North Sunflower Academy 27-1 after three innings.

The Raiders capitalized on poor pitching, scoring 20 runs in the first inning alone amid three Rebels’ pitching changes.

Oak Hill would then ride strong pitching through the top of the 2nd inning and then score seven runs in the bottom half of the inning before relinquishing the field to the visitors.

Collins Brown, who has been hit and walked by opposing pitchers more times than he has official at bats, went 1-for-1 with a single, two RBI and was hit by a pitch once.

Ethan Bryan also contributed two RBI on a double.

Bohon was able to get his younger players some work once the Raiders blew the lead wide open.

The Raiders saw production from Bradley Jones, who notched two RBI on a double and Alex Powell, who cleared the bases with a double to add three RBI to his stats.

“It was a good game for everybody to get in and we had better approaches at the plate,” Bohon said. “We battled through some of the circumstances they had, but overall it was a good win. They needed it. Everybody got in, which was a good thing for all of them.”

Sophomore pitcher Dalton Magers threw two innings, giving up one hit and striking out six Rebel batters on 28 pitches.

“(Magers) threw the ball well and he has for most of the year,” Bohon said. “He’s had one rough outing but other than that he’s competed and that’s what he does, he fills the zone up and lets the defense work.”

Jake Makamson would then finish the game in relief.

The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-3) will play at Heritage Academy at Starkville Academy on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will play in the championship game at 3 p.m. against the winner of the 11 a.m. game between Indianola Academy and Starkville Academy.

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