North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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April 11, 2014

Baseball: Loss in doubleheader opener to Dora ends Corner's playoff contention

DORA — Corner's hopes of a berth in the Class 4A baseball playoffs fell by the wayside Thursday when they lost at Dora by a 6-2 score in the opening game of a doubleheader.

The Yellow Jackets went on to win 7-1 in an irrelevant nightcap game.

After Corner took the lead in the first inning of the opener on a run-scoring single by Kevin Bryant, the Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning, twice in the second and once more in the third.

Bryant scored the Jackets' other run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice in the fourth, but Dora pitcher Cody Thomas put Corner down in order in the last three innings to punch the Dogs' ticket to the playoffs.

Thomas struck out five for the complete-game victory. He allowed five hits and one walk. Starter Chase Best lasted just one inning officially, giving up four runs before being pulled in the second without recording an out.

Bryant finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Jackets (13-19)

In the nightcap, Bryant was Corner's starter and tallied 12 strikeouts in 4-1/3 innings. He and reliever Jackson Tavel combined for 15 K's and just two hits allowed in the victory. Bryant also knocked a two-run double.

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