The Yellow Jackets got some two-out magic in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a tie and knock off Cordova 6-4 at Curry High School on Wednesday.
Curry is now 3-0 in the round-robin tournament heading into today’s home game against Carbon Hill set for 4 p.m.
Tyler Franks’ two-out single in the bottom of the sixth drove in Jaxon Aaron with the game-winning run for the Yellow Jackets. Houston Harbin followed with an RBI triple for the final score.
Pitcher Lane Oliver retired Cordova 1-2-3 in the seventh inning to give Curry the win and the inside track to a spot in Saturday’s championship game at Carbon Hill High School.
“We were fortunate to win tonight,” Curry coach Grant Nichols said. “I give Cordova a lot of credit. They played well and gave us everything they had. If we get a win (against Carbon Hill), we will assure ourselves a spot in the championship. Right now we control our own destiny.”
Curry and Dora are both undefeated in tournament play. If both teams win today — Dora hosts Oakman at 4 p.m. — they each earn a spot in the tournament championship.
Oliver picked up the win against Cordova. He allowed five hits, three walks, hit one batter and had one strikeout in seven innings.
“So far in the tournament, our pitchers have given us workman-type efforts. Lane did that for us today. He threw 95 or 96 pitches. I’m proud of him,” Nichols said.
On Wednesday, Cordova took an early lead, striking for a run in the first inning. Zac Guerra was hit by a pitch and came around to score.
The Blue Devils added a run in the third when Stephen Kilpatrick walked with two outs and scored on Andrew Minor’s double.
Curry notched the score with a pair of runs in the third inning.
Logan Wilson walked with one out and Franks singled. After a Harbin single, Wilson scored on a throwing error and Franks came around to score on a Jarrod Owens RBI single to make the score 2-2. Curry loaded the bases, but Kilpatrick got out of the jam by getting a strikeout and a grounder that third baseman Cam Honeycutt turned into a force out at third base to end the threat.
Cordova regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, the Blue Devils got a single from Honeycutt and back-to-back RBI doubles from Kilpatrick and Minor to take a 4-2 lead.
Curry wasted no time tying the game, plating two runs in the bottom of the inning. Curry took advantage of a two-out error and a wild pitch to put runners at second and third base. Oliver followed with a double that scored both Tanner Aldridge and Owens to make the score 4-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, Aaron led off the inning with a walk and a stolen base. Following a strikeout and a groundout, Franks came through with a grounder to shortstop Chase Trotter who fielded the ball near the outfield grass. Franks beat out the throw to put Curry on top. Harbin drilled a triple to right centerfield to score Franks.
For Curry, Harbin was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Aldridge was 1 for 4 with a run, Owens was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Oliver was 1 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, Franks was 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI and both Wilson and Aaron scored runs.
Cordova’s Minor finished 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
, Kilpatrick was 1 for 3 with a double and two runs, Honeycutt was 1 for 3 with a run, Trotter was 1 for 3 and Guerra scored a run.
Kilpatrick took the loss, allowing eight hits, two walks and hitting one batter while striking out seven in six innings.