By Charles Prince

The North Jefferson News

On Monday night, Fultondale junior Landon Robinson pitched the best game of his high school career and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Wildcats.

Robinson (2-0), who often works as a reliever, threw the first complete game of his career leading the Wildcats to a a key 2A, Area 11 win over Ohatchee, 9-1.

Robinson scattered six hits, struck out nine and walked none as the Wildcats improved to 2-1 in area play. Fultondale currently sits in position to secure a state playoff berth for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

“I told the team I was tired of getting beat by walks and errors,” Fultondale head coach Scott Sisk said. “I told Landon, I wanted him to throw strikes and challenge their hitters. That’s what he did. He only went to the full count on two batters. He pitched a really great game for us.”

Fultondale lead 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning when they scored five runs to break the game open.

Daniel Ferrell walked to lead off the inning, followed by Jake Estes reaching on a bunt single. Then, Nathan Graham was intentionally walked, loading the bases.

Chris Conn then singled to left field on a 1-2 pitch to score two Wildcat runs.

Robinson finally allowed a run in the sixth inning, but the Wildcats would answer back with one in the top of the seventh inning to cap the scoring.

The Wildcats collected only four hits, but collected five walks.

Conn led the offense as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, as he raised his battin average to .357.

Conn doesn’t have the minumin at bats to be listed among the North Jefferson area batting leaders, but he had gone 15-for-42 this season with 11 runs scored and 18 RBIs, along with four doubles.

Graham went 1-for-2 with two walks as he scored three runs and had one RBI, as he improved his batting average this season to .564.

Graham doesn’t have the minumin at bats to be listed among the North Jefferson area batting leaders, but he had gone 22-for-39 this season with 22 runs scored and 20 RBIs, along with four doubles.

Jake Estes had one hit, scored once and drove in one run.

Robinson lowered his area-leading ERA to 0.38 earned runs per game. He also has one save this season.

The Wildcats improved to 10-4 overall.

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