Walker faced two top-notch starters in its opening round playoff series at Springville.
Fortunately for the Vikings, they have a top-notch staff of their own.
Walker held the Tigers to just one run over two games, earning a sweep of Springville in their first-round, best-of-three playoff series.
The Vikings finished off Springville 2-1 and 1-0 to advance to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.
Bryant Atkins and Logan Nix combined to shut down the Tigers in the opener while Maverick Bahrick and Jackson Holladay teamed up to blank Springville in the second game.
“The guys showed up ready to compete and they got after it,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “We faced two good arms and we got hits when we needed them. We felt all along that our staff would keep the games low scoring. There was never any doubt that we were going to win once we got the lead.”
Next up for Walker is a second-round series at Mortimer Jordan set for Friday.
Against Springville, Walker managed just 10 hits, but made the most of its scoring opportunities.
In Friday’s first game, Springville took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Walker tied the game in the fifth. Taylor Whitley was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, CJ Robinson singled in pinch runner Chandler Crump to notch the game at 1-1.
An inning later, Brooks Wade doubled and moved to third on Bailey Tidwell’s single. Nick Hicks drove in Wade with a ground out for the winning run.
Atkins got the victory, allowing one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Nix got the save, striking out one while allowing no hits or walks.
Walker (21-19) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning in the second game.
Wade led off the inning with a double and came around to score on Tidwell’s RBI single.
That was all the offense Walker needed.
Maverick Bahrick went the first four innings to get the win on the mound. He allowed one hit and two walks while striking out one. Holladay went the final three innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Pitcher’s Pierson Paddock and Casey Mize suffered the losses on the mound for Springville (26-9).
Walker dropped two out of three games to area foe Mortimer Jordan during the regular season.
“This should be a tough series. We know a lot about each other. They’ve got a really good club. It’s tough to play at their place,” Ware said.
Mortimer Jordan (33-12) moved on with 7-6 and 7-0 wins over Pinson Valley on Friday.