Baseball: Oakdale keeps title hopes alive


Two Oakdale batters hit home runs in three at-bats Tuesday afternoon to help power the Eagles to a 12-2 win over a pesky Oliver Springs team in an elimination game in the District 4-A tournament at Bear Creek.

Star slugger Aaron Powers hit a three-run shot over the left-field fence in the bottom of  the third inning to break a scoreless start for Oakdale. Two batters later, Andrew Hill hit the first home run of his career, a solo shot to nearly the exact same place as Powers, as the Eagles put five runs on the board and grabbed a 5-1 lead over Oliver Springs — a lead they would not relinquish.

The Eagles, who were upset by Wartburg in Monday's action at Bear Creek, needed a win to keep their district title hopes alive. Oakdale will face Wartburg in another elimination game Wednesday afternoon at Bear Creek. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Oliver Springs, which fell into the losers' bracket with a 10-0 loss to Oneida on Monday, scored in the top of the second when Justin Nation's RBI double scored Luke Miller.

Bobcat pitcher Keith Roberts started strong, not allowing a hit for the first two innings while allowing only two on base.

But things began to turn in the third for Oakdale. Leadoff batter Jonus Goldston got aboard with a single, followed by a walk by Brady Bingham. Justin Moore had an RBI single to score Goldston, then Powers cleared the bases with his third home run of the season.

Hill's home run two batters later was his first extra-bases hit of the season.

Oakdale added two more runs in the fourth, with Bingham's RBI single scoring Bradyn Goldston and a sacrifice RBI by Moore scoring Jonus Goldston.

Oliver Springs tacked on a run in the fifth, when Tanner Turpin's RBI triple scored Jeremiah Johnson. But Oakdale answered with a Powers run to go ahead 8-2.

Oakdale earned the walk-off win on runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Landon Botkin led off with a single, and scored on an RBI double by Moore. Bingham would score as well, pushing the lead to 10-2. Powers got aboard with a single and scored on an error, pushing the lead to 11-2. Then Hill hit an RBI single to score Austin Lowe and force the run rule.

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