OHS Baseball’s .500 Week

D. Mark Mitchell


The OHS varsity Bulldog baseball team (6-4) split four games last week, beating Liberty County and UMS-Wright and losing to Pike Road and Northside. 

Opelika opened the week with a tough 5-2 loss to Northridge. The game was tied at one with Northside batting in the top of the fifth when a Patriot batter doubled and scored two runs. 

The Bulldogs evened things up at one in the bottom of the fourth inning after Russell Copous singled, scoring one run.

Northside’s ace pitcher allowed five hits and one run over six innings, striking out five.

For the Bulldogs, Caleb Chisum surrendered zero runs on one hit over one inning, striking out one and walking zero. Chisum is recovering from arm surgery a year ago. 

The Dogs racked up seven hits, led by Brodie Jones, who finished with three. Davis Ford collected two hits while teammates Copous and Logan Elkins added singles. Jake Smith had the most chances in the field with 11 putouts. 

Later in the week, Opelika smashed 21 hits on its way to a 12-2 win over Liberty County High School (Ga.). 

Jones led OHS on offense, tallying four hits. The following Dogs added two hits each: Smith, Copous and Parker Kilcreas. Bryce Speakman, Slade Clayton, Trent Henderson, Tommy Taylor Fields and Christopher Floyd added singles. 

The varsity team scored four runs in the sixth inning. Killcreas, Henderson, Jones and Speakman each had RBIs in the frame.

Floyd led the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. The right hander allowed seven hits and two runs over six innings, striking out three and walking one. Opelika didn’t commit an error, and Killcreas recorded nine outs to lead the defense. 

Pike Road then beat OHS 6-3 on its home field last Saturday. 

Markham led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Pike Road, allowing six hits and two runs over four-and-two-thirds innings while striking out four and walking zero.

For Opelika, Ford allowed three hits and two runs over two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Copous and Killcreas entered the game as relief, throwing three innings and two-and-a-third innings, respectively.

Fields went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Dogs. 

The Dogs ended the week with a win by thumping UMS-Wright 19-4.

Henderson led OHS with four hits. Jones, Smith and Fields recorded two hits each. Speakman, Copous and Kilcreas added singles. 

Opelika scored eight runs in the sixth inning. The Bulldogs put the pressure on, led by walks by Copous and Fields, a single by Henderson and a double by Brodie Jones.

Killcreas earned the win on the mound. The righty allowed five hits and three runs over four innings, striking out six. Colby Rathel threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.


The Opelika Lady Bulldog softball team (5-5) dropped three games last weekend to Moody (2-7), Marbury (1-3) and Tallassee (8-9).

Moody scored six runs in the second inning on the way to a 7-2 win over OHS. Four Lady Dogs recorded four singles: McKay Yountz; KD Lee; Jade Jones; Memoree Lyles. Yountz allowed seven runs on the mound, but only three were earned. 

Marbury slipped by OHS 3-1 last Saturday. Opelika’s Stringer and Jones recorded singles. Stringer allowed three runs in two innings in the circle for OHS. 

Tallassee slipped by Opelika 9-8 to end the week for the Lady Bulldog softball team. Yountz pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs off eight hits. The Lady Tigers scored six unearned runs off four OHS errors. 

Offensively, Yountz and Soltau added three hits apiece. Thompson added two hits while Lee, Jones, Lyles and Morgan added hits.

Opelika’s varsity softball team travels to Valley on Friday for games with Beulah (5 p.m.) and Horseshoe Bend (6:30 p.m.). OHS will play Russell County Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.


The OHS boys track and field team participated in the Southern Miss High Track Meet in Hattiesburg last weekend. 

The following OHS student-athletes finished in the top six: 


11.09 – Tykell Thomas – 6th


22.86 – SB – Theo Hubbard – 6th


50.19 – SB – JaClarence Perry – 2nd

51.73 – Sam Washburn – 6th


4:45.12 – Charles Brewer – 8th


10:27.99 – Charles Brewer – 5th


14.77 – Tykell Thomas – 2nd

15.35 – SB – Theo Hubbard – 4th


42.22 – SB – Tykell Thomas – 2nd


5-10 – Jaxon Freeman – 6th


21-1 – Davian Jones – 6th


43-4.75 – SB – Davian Jones – 3rd


137-1 – Mikeil Heard – 5th


46-5 – Mikeil Heard – 2nd

43-4 – SB – Elias Autry – 5th


The OHS girls and boys soccer teams split games with Prattville last week. The Lady Lions shutout OHS 5-0 to win the match. The Bulldog boys beat Prattville 2-1. Dexter Graham scored the first goal off a throw from KJ Frazier.

Moe Forbes netted the go-ahead goal late in the first half. Keeper Eduardo Moran held the Lions scoreless.

The girls then beat Alma Bryant 2-1 last week. Kaitlyn Spoon and Kam McDaniel scored goals for the Dogs. Opelika’s boys shutout Alma Bryant, 5-0. Forbes scored two goals; Graham, Mathew Awbrey and Nathan Faison added goals. The assists were made by Faison, Luke Roberts and Jake Campbell. The boys are 6-0 on the season while the girls are 3-2.


Opelika’s girls and boys golf teams swept Valley in nine holes last week. The Lady Dogs beat the Lady Rams, 192-170. The Dogs were led by Ashley Hilyer’s 52. Emma Childs followed with a 58; Karly Phatsadavong recorded a 59; and Allie Prescott shot a 61.

The boys beat Valley 246 to 198 in a nine-hole match. Roberts was the low medalist with a 45; Evan Henderson, Roman Gagliano and Preston Phengsir shot a 50.



Anyone interested in the Opelika DBB league for ages 13 through 15, can register for DBB baseball at the Opelika Sportsplex, beginning March 17. The cost is $45 for players in the city of Opelika and $50 for those living outside the city limits. The cost covers the jersey and cap. All players will be on a team. For more information, email D.Mark Mitchell at foxonthemark@yahoo.com.

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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