Redskins squeeze by Tigers

The Oneonta Redskins dropped the opening game of the Class 4A Area 12 schedule to Springville last week at home but then rallied for a doubleheader sweep on the road to take the series. Tuesday, March 20 at Oneonta Springville 8, Oneonta 6

The Redskins threw senior right-hander Austin Dickie at the Tigers for their first area game of the year. Dickie (4-1) was solid – allowing just three earned runs on 10 hits and striking out five in five innings – but the Oneonta defense committed three costly errors behind him and Springville added four unearned runs.

Schyler Walker (3 for 4, RBI, run scored) paced the Oneonta offense while Austin Owens, Walker Musso, Hunter Guthrie, and Dickie each added a pair of hits.

Springville improved to 17-4 overall 1-0 in the area while Oneonta fell to 11-3, 0-1. at Locust Fork Locust Fork 2, Douglas 0

Junior pitcher Geoffrey Bramblett completely dominated the visiting Eagles as the Hornets improved to 10- 7 overall, 1-0 in 4A Area 12.

Bramblett never gave the Eagles a chance as he struck out 15 and walked two without allowing a hit.

Offensively, Bramblett had two of Locust Fork’s four hits – including a triple – and scored a run. Todd Goodwin and Dylan McMurrey had the other Hornet hits and Jake Branham scored the other Locust Fork run. Friday, March 23 at Springville Oneonta 5, Springville 4 (8 innings)

The Redskins got a solid pitching performance from sophomore Blake O’Bryant, who improved to 4-1 with the win.

O’Bryant limited Springville to just seven hits and one earned run.

The Redskins had plenty of hits – 16 – but had trouble putting together enough hits for a big inning and committed four errors.

Oneonta was led offensively by Chase Bryant (4 for 5, RBI) and Taylor Oden (3 for 4, two runs scored, stolen base). Austin Dickie and Adam Tekulve (double, RBI, stolen base) each added two hits and Oneonta got RBIs from Austin Owens, Schyler Walker, and Hunter Guthrie.

Oneonta improved to 12-3, 1-1 in the area while Springville fell to 17-5, 1-1. Oneonta 2, Springville 0

With the series tied 1-1, the Redskins turned to senior Chase Bryant and he responded.

Bryant was virtually untouchable through four innings but then ran into trouble in the fifth.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Oneonta head coach brought in Austin Dickie and he responded with a strikeout to keep the Tigers off the board. Dickie finished up for the save – recording strikeouts for all seven outs – and the Redskins earned the series victory.

Bryant improved to 3-0 on the year.

There wasn’t much offense in the game – the two teams combine for seven hits, all singles – but Austin Owens led the Redskins with a pair of hits and an RBI.

Oneonta moved to 13-3 overall, 2-1 in the area while Springville fell to 17-6, 1-2. Softball

Most teams from the area are taking at least part of the week off for spring break.

One team that is not is Oneonta. The Lady Redskins are playing in the Gulf Coast Classic this week and they have turned into one of the hottest teams around.

After winning two of three games Monday, Oneonta has won seven of 10 and is now 13-10 overall.

Monday at Gulf Shores, Oneonta lost a tough tournament opener (3-2 to Huntsville) before rallying with wins over Southside-Gadsden (4-1) and Catholic- Montgomery (4-3). Oneonta played 6A Opelika yesterday in the tournament’s final game of pool play.