If Cordova is to get to the state semifinals, head baseball coach Ronnie Boggs said the Blue Devils will need more of the same today against the Lauderdale County Tigers.
The teams play a best-of-three, third-round playoff series beginning at 4:30 p.m. today in Rogersville. Game 2 is set for 7 p.m. with Game 3 at 2 p.m. Saturday if necessary.
Through the first two rounds of the playoffs Cordova has given up just three earned runs and seven runs overall.
“The pitching and defense have been there,” Boggs said. “We’ve only allowed seven total runs. Our pitchers have done very well. The kids have gotten down bunts and have executed when they’ve needed to.”
Cordova shutout Winston County twice in the first round (10-0, 3-0) and topped Winfield in two games (13-2, 8-5) in the second round.
Cordova pitcher Chris Kilpatrick has two wins and a save in the Blue Devils’ four playoff victories.
Fifth-ranked Lauderdale County swept second-ranked Sheffield last week.
Boggs credits Cordova’s success to chemistry.
“We talked about (chemistry) before we even played games this season. We’ve really come together. These kids are playing for each other. Baseball isn’t an ‘I’ sport, it’s a bunch of guys together. We’ve turned out to have very good chemistry,” Boggs said.
The winner of the Cordova-Lauderdale County series faces the winner of the Madison Academy-White Plains series in the state semifinals next week.