Opelika City Schools were on spring break last week which allowed some student-athletes time off and others a chance to play out of town.
Opelika varsity Bulldog baseball head coach Zach Blatt gave his team several days off early in the week prior to playing four games at Toyota Field in Madison.
The Dogs (11-10) finished with three wins against Holtville (11-3), Oakland (1-7) and Creek Wood (13-0). Collierville beat OHS 7-0 in its only loss on the trip.
Opelika scored 11 runs in the span of three innings to beat Holtville 11-3. Jackson Killcreas pitched a complete game of seven innings, allowing three hits, three walks and striking out five batters. OHS belted 11 hits, two from Taylor “Tommy” Fields and Bryce Speakman. Brodie Jones, Jake Smith, Davis Ford, Christopher Floyd, Jackson Killcreas, Parker Killcreas and Trent Henderson added hits.
The Bulldog baseball team scored 13 runs on eight hits and used a solid pitching performance from Floyd to emerge with a 13-0 win over Creek Wood.
Three Dawg players recorded two hits apiece: Jones, Speakman and Henderson. Floyd earned the win on the mound, pitching a complete game, allowing two hits and no runs and striking out eight batters.
OHS continued scoring runs in Madison, beating Oakland 10-7 behind 13 hits. Jones, Smith, Logan Elkins and Henderson recorded two hits apiece while Fields, Jackson Killcreas, Speakman, Floyd and Parker Killcreas added hits.
Russell Copous earned the win, throwing six innings, allowing four earned runs, walking three and striking out eight. Parker Killcreas and Henderson combined to pitch the seven innings.
The Dogs were then shutout, 0-7, by Collierville for their only loss on the trip. Opelika senior Fields recorded the only hit of the game due to a dominant pitching performance by Collierville. Ford pitched four innings for the Bulldogs, and Slade Clayton threw two innings in relief to finish the game.
OMS TRACK & FIELD
The Opelika Middle School track and field team recently participated in a shortened meet at Auburn Junior High School, presented by Glynn Smith Chevrolet Buick GMC. The following are top finishers for OMS.
12.22 – Andrew Barnett – 5th
13.34 – Braeden Dowdell – 18th
4-10 – Andrew Barnett – 3rd
17-9 – Braeden Dowdell – 4th
16-9 – Andrew Barnett – 6th
OPELIKA DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL FOR AGES 13-15 REGISTRATION THROUGH APRIL 15
The Opelika DBB league is holding baseball registration for ages 13 through 15 at the Opelika Sportsplex and online at opelikasportsplex.com. Click “YOUTH ATHLETICS/SPORTS” and look for Dixie Boys Baseball.
The registration fee is $45 if you live inside the city limits of Opelika and $50 if you live outside the Opelika city limits. Registration fee covers jersey and cap, and every player will be on a team. The league offers 13U and 14U All-Star teams that will be selected by coaches and league.
The city of Opelika is hosting the Junior DBB World Series (13U) at West Ridge Park July 21 through 26. Eleven states will be represented, along with the 13U Opelika All-Star team.
SOFTBALL/BASEBALL ON iHEARTRADIO
The Opelika High School softball team (9-10) will host Central Phenix City next Wednesday at West Ridge Park at 5:30 p.m. You can listen to the game on WZMG FOX Sports the Game 910-1310, presented by the Orthopaedic Clinic. You can also listen on the iHeartRadio app (WZMG) or online at foxsportsthegame.com.
You can listen to the Bulldog baseball team play Central Phenix City Thursday, April 6, at Bulldog Park on WZMG FOX Sports the Game, starting at 4:30 p.m., presented by the Orthopaedic Clinic.
iHeartRadio and Opelika continue to be your home for Opelika Athletics. WKKR is the only FM station to ever broadcast Opelika athletics. The Kicker started airing OHS sports in the late ‘80s under then-owner and now Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. iHeartRadio will continue to support Opelika athletics and Opelika schools.
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.