Devils close regular season on high note
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 17, 2013 | 1023 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova’s Taylor Trotter throws to first base after making a diving stop Tuesday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova’s Taylor Trotter throws to first base after making a diving stop Tuesday. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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SUMITON — Seven Cordova pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout on Tuesday as the Blue Devils blanked Sumiton Christian 6-0 in a matchup of playoff-bound teams at Sumiton Christian’s baseball field.

In the final regular-season game for both teams, Cordova (23-8) scored three runs in the first inning and that proved to be more than enough for the Blue Devils’ onslaught of pitchers.

Andrew Minor, Chase Trotter, Cam Honeycutt, Taylor Trotter, Chad Russell, Clark Chance and Stephen Kilpatrick each threw a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and striking out six.

Sumiton Christian (15-8) got both of its hits in the fourth inning.

Cordova opened the game with a pair of singles from Zac Guerra and Honeycutt. Andrew Minor and Chase Trotter added singles later in the inning as the Blue Devils took a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Devils added two more runs in the third inning with Chase Trotter and Taylor Trotter both getting hits and coming around to score. Taylor Trotter singled and scored Cordova’s sixth run in the fifth inning.

In the game, Guerra went 3 for 5 with a run, Honeycutt was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and a run, Minor was 2 for 4 with a run, Jeffre Wingo was 1 for 3, Chase Trotter was 3 for 4 with a run, Taylor Trotter was 2 for 3 with two runs and Clark Chance was 2 for 3.

Cordova has more than doubled last year’s win total.The Blue Devils finished 10-20 in 2012.

“It’s been a big turnaround from last year,” Cordova coach Ronnie Boggs said. “We have a lot more chemistry with this team. They’ve learned how to compete.”

Both the Blue Devils and Eagles open the playoffs on Friday.

In Class 3A, Cordova travels to Danville for a double-header beginning at 5 p.m.

Sumiton Christian will host Berry in a Class 1A first-round double header starting at 12:30 p.m.