OHS Baseball Off to a Hot Start

D. Mark Mitchell


The Opelika Bulldogs varsity baseball team defeated Providence Christian 8-1 on Saturday in its home opener thanks to five runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught by the Bulldogs was led by Taylor Jones and Jake Smith, who both drove in runs.

Parker Killcreas led the team offensively with three hits, followed by two hits from Bryce Speakman, Christopher Floyd and Smith (who also added a home run in the third inning). Jones, Russell Copous and Trent Henderson added singles.

Davis Ford earned the win, surrendering zero runs on one hit over five innings, striking out five and walking one. Caleb Chisum threw two innings in relief to finish the game.

Porter Dykes was on the mound for Providence Christian. Dykes surrendered six runs on six hits over four innings, striking out four. Out of the bullpen, the Providence Christian reliever threw two innings in relief.

The OHS varsity baseball team opened the 2023 season with a 4-0 win over the Hornets at Beauregard’s baseball field last Thursday.

Two Bulldog pitchers, Killcreas and Copous, combined to pitch a no-hitter against Beauregard.

Copous earned the win for Opelika, pitching four innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits and striking out six Hornet batters.

Nathan Pooler, on the hill for Beauregard, lasted three innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out three and walking one. Stanridge and Craft entered the game in relief for Beauregard, throwing three- and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning, respectively.

Killcreas started the game for the Bulldogs. The pitcher lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out four batters.

Opelika tallied nine hits. Killcreas and “Tommy” Taylor Fields collected two hits apiece to lead OHS. Five Dogs recorded hits: Jones, Speakman, Smith, Henderson and Ford.

The Bulldogs did not commit an error, and Smith made 10-defensive outs.

Beauregard didn’t commit an error in the field, and Pooler recorded four defensive putouts in the field, the most on the team.


The Opelika Lady Bulldog soccer team lost to Pike Road, 2-7, last week. Amiya Brown scored both goals for OHS with assists from Gabi Ramirez and Aimee Alcantara.

The OHS varsity boys improved to 3-0 with a 3-2 win over Pike Road last week. Down 2-1, the Bulldogs scored two goals with eight minutes left in the game. Nathan Faison scored two goals, including the game winner with two minutes left in the game. Dexter Graham scored the first Opelika goal. Luke Roberts and Graham recorded assists for the Dogs.


The OHS junior varsity soccer team tied rival Auburn High School, 1-1, last week. Davis Cruz scored the game-tying goal on a corner kick with four minutes remaining.

D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director at iHeartMedia, host of “On the Mark” Fox Sports the Game 910-1319, co-chair of the Auburn-Opelika Sports Council, chairman of the Super 7 and Dixie Boys Baseball state director.


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