Cordova advances to second round; Walker, Oakman eliminated
by Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova's Hunter Gilmore fires a pitch against Danville during game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. The Blue Devils won the game 13-3. Photo courtesy Michael Wetzel, Decatur Daily.
Cordova's Hunter Gilmore fires a pitch against Danville during game 3 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday. The Blue Devils won the game 13-3. Photo courtesy Michael Wetzel, Decatur Daily.
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Cordova let a late lead slip away in its second game on Friday.

The Blue Devils didn’t let it happen again.

Cordova scored three runs in the opening inning and put the game away with a six-run third inning as the Blue Devils advanced to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs with a 13-3, five-inning win at Danville High School on Saturday.

With the win, the Blue Devils advance to play Winfield in the second round beginning with a double header on the road next Friday.

On Friday, Cordova won the opener of the best-of-three series 10-1 and the Blue Devils held a 7-0 lead in the second game before Danville mounted a late rally and pulled out a 9-7, nine-inning victory.

The Hawks weren’t able to put together a threat against Cordova pitcher Hunter Gilmore on Saturday. Gilmore earned the win on the mound, holding Danville (23-16) to three hits while striking out two in five innings.

“We were really proud of the way our kids handled the adversity after getting beat in extra innings (on Friday),” Cordova coach Ronnie Boggs said. “They showed perseverance in the way they bounced back.”

The Blue Devils (26-9) pounded out 13 hits in the game and took advantage of six Danville errors.

Chase Trotter led Cordova’s offense, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Cam Honeycutt was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Hunter Gilmore finished 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Jeffre Wingo 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Clark Chance was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Stephen Kilpatrick was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Next up for Cordova is a rematch with Class 3A, Area 14 foe Winfield. The Pirates (26-8) won the area title by taking two of three regular-season games against the Blue Devils.

The series is also a rematch of a second-round series in 2011. Cordova won that series in a sweep, picking up 13-2 and 7-5 home victories.

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CLASS 5A

Walker falls to No. 10 Pinson Valley

Walker forced a decisive game 3 against 10th-ranked Pinson Valley on Saturday, but the home-standing Indians eliminated the Vikings from the playoffs with a 10-0, six-inning win.

After losing 12-2 on Friday night, Walker won Saturday’s opener 10-5 before coming up short in the second game of the double header.

“We competed in both games. They just got the better of us in game 2,” Walker coach Pat Ware said. “I’m proud of the way the kids handled themselves. They didn’t let that loss (Friday night) affect them. They played with a lot of class and integrity.”

In the first game, Walker pounded out 12 hits and took control with a six-run fifth inning that put the Vikings ahead 10-2. Bailey Tidwell earned the victory. He allowed five runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out two in seven innings.

At the plate, C.J. Robinson was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI, Saige Harding was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Quinton McCarty was 2 for 3 with two runs, Logan Nix was 2 for 4 with two runs, Stone Stephenson was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Tidwell was 1 for 4 with two RBIs, Brooks Wade was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, John Michael Reed was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI and Nick Hicks added an RBI.

Wade started the second game and took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning. Harding went the final four innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

McCarty, Reed and Nix each had hits for the Vikings, who close the season 16-15. McCarty and Harding are seniors on this year’s team.

“They are both great young men and they’ve been leaders for us all year,” Ware said. “I hope we can take this season and let the young guys learn from it and move forward.”

Pinson Valley (28-11) plays Mortimer Jordan in the second round.

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CLASS 2A


No. 10 Ranburne sweeps Oakman

Ranburne shut down the Oakman Wildcats in their Class 2A first-round series, sweeping the visitors 8-3 and 7-0 on Saturday.

Case Key provided the highlight for Oakman in the opener, belting a two-run home run.

The Wildcats close the season at 15-12 while Ranburne (18-6) moves on to the second round to take on Pleasant Valley, which won a three-game series at Lamar County in the opening round.

Zack Blanton, Aaron Key, Andrew Welch and Reilly Williams are seniors on this year’s Oakman team.