The Lady Blue Devils are the top seed in the Walker County Softball Tournament set for Friday at Curry High School. The tournament has been consolidated into one day due to the threat of rain on Saturday.
First-round, pool play games start at 9 a.m. Friday and the championship game is set for 7 p.m.
The six teams will play in two pools. Pool A consists of No. 1 Cordova, No. 3 Curry and No. 5 Dora. Pool B is made up of No. 2 Parrish, No. 4 Carbon Hill and No. 6 Oakman.
First-year Cordova softball coach Randy Stracner is no stranger to the county tournament. He won a pair of Walker County titles as the coach of Walker High School.
Now he hopes to do the same at Cordova.
He admits it won’t be easy.
“Besides us, you’ve got Curry who is very good and Parrish who is very good,” Stracner said. “Carbon Hill can beat anybody at any given time. I wouldn’t count out Dora either. The thing about it is when it’s time for the county tournament, you don’t write anybody out. Everybody will be fired up and if you don’t show up, you will get beat.”
Cordova, which fell to Winfield 2-0 on Tuesday, is 26-11-2 on the season. The Lady Blue Devils are 3-0 against county competition this season, beating Carbon Hill twice and earning a home win over Curry.
“Everybody shoots to knock off the No. 1 seed. We’ve got a target on our back now. We’ll have to show up and be ready to play,” Stracner said.
Carbon Hill won last year’s tournament from the No. 3 seed. The Lady Bulldogs knocked off Parrish, the top seed last year, 10-4 in the championship game.
Parrish, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, enters this year’s tournament with a 28-3 mark.
Cordova opens the tournament vs. Dora at 9 a.m. The other 9 a.m. game matches Carbon Hill vs. Parrish.
At 10:30 p.m., Cordova plays Curry and Carbon Hill takes on Oakman.
The final pool play games are at noon and match Parrish against Oakman as well as Curry versus Dora.
Single-elimination games begin at 1:30 p.m.
“We’ve played some of the best teams in the state. I feel pretty good about (our chances). If we show up and play, we can compete with anybody,” Stracner said.
Stracner guided Walker to Walk