Patriots sweep Oak Hill to stay in playoff hunt

By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal

Channing Wall took the mound against Oak Hill twice in a seven day
period and both times pitched the Patriots to victory, as Winston
Academy put themselves into the driver’s seat for a playoff spot.

While Canton Academy is a lock to win the division, both Oak Hill and
WA are 5-3 in league play. Thanks to Winston’s 11-6 win over Oak Hill
in West Point last Tuesday and a 2-0 home win over the Raiders on
Monday night the Patriots hold the tie-breaker over OHA.

Winston was scheduled to host Manchester Academy on Tuesday, then
travel to Yazoo City to take on the Mavericks on Thursday for the
last two division games. Oak Hill is playing Canton twice this week.

“We have to at least match whatever they do,” WA head coach Cory
Burns said in reference to the Raiders. “The best thing for us is to
just win both games.”

In the 11-6 win over OHA last Tuesday, Braxton Wall had a pair of
singles, while Taylor Moody banged out a double and Brody Burchfield,
Carter Lane Jones and Payton Allen added a single each.

Channing Wall went all seven innings in the game, striking out four
and allowing three hits.

While Wall struggled some with his control in the first game against
Oak Hill, he had no such troubles on Monday night, tossing a complete
game three-hitter, while striking out six and walking one.

“That was the best ball game he has thrown all year and it came at a
great time,” Burns said.

The teams were tied at 0-0 headed into the second inning. Logan Webb
led off the inning with a single and Moody bunted him over to second.
Webb then tagged up and moved to third on a fly out by Burchfield.
Braxton Wall followed that up with a run-scoring double. He later
scored on a hit by Channing Wall.