Cordova rallies for area win over Winston County
by Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova's Skylar Thomas scores the game-winning run in the Blue Devils' 7-6 victory over Winston County during their game on Friday. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
Cordova's Skylar Thomas scores the game-winning run in the Blue Devils' 7-6 victory over Winston County during their game on Friday. Photo by Jeff Johnsey
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CORDOVA — With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cordova baseball coach Mark Ragsdale put Jackson Kiser to the test.

The Cordova junior delivered.

Kiser laid down a perfect squeeze bunt down the third-base line and Skylar Thomas beat the throw home as the Blue Devils downed Winston County 7-6 in their Class 3A, Area 14 matchup at Cordova High School.

Cordova battled back from a one-run deficit with two runs in its final at bat to earn the victory.

The Blue Devils grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cordova led 5-2 after the third inning, but Winston County grabbed the lead by scoring a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Cordova (11-6, 1-0) trailed 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Logan Shumate led off the inning by reaching base when the third strike got past the catcher. Jeffre Wingo followed with an RBI double to notch the score. Thomas pinch ran for Wingo.

Later in the inning, Thomas moved to third base on the first out of the inning and Clark Chance drew a walk to put runners at the corners going into Kiser’s game-winning at bat. Chad Russell started the game for the Devils and go a no decision after pitching the first six innings. Hunter Gilmore pitched the final inning and got the victory.

Wingo had a big day at the plate for Cordova, going 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, Cameron Honeycutt was 2 for 4 with a triple and Taylor Trotter finished 1 for 3 with an RBI. Chase Trotter also added an RBI.

For Winston County, McKensey Hagood was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and also took the loss on the mound.

All of Cordova’s losses this season have come to schools in larger classifications: Class 4A Corner, Class 4A Oak Grove (twice), Class 4A Dora and Class 5A Demopolis (twice).

The Blue Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win at Carbon Hill on Thursday. Playing in his first game this season, Chase Trotter got the win on the mound and also drove in three runs. Clark Chance got the save.

The Blue Devils play a double header at Winston County starting at 11 a.m. The first game counts in the area standings while the second game serves as a tie-breaker if needed.