In a battle of top five teams, Cordova (10-2-1) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth inning and added a pair of key insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Sims did the rest, scattering eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 batters over seven innings to earn the win. Sims also finished 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
The Blue Devils’ only losses this season came to Class 6A programs Spain Park and Hewitt-Trussville.
“This was a good win for us against a ranked opponent,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “The thing that pleases me is that we still don’t have our true lineup out there. We are on our third-string catcher and we are still finding ways to stay in games.”
Cordova’s has lost two catchers to broken fingers already this season.
On Tuesday, the Blue Devils — ranked No. 4 in Class 3A — wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Both Madison Westbrook and Hannah McLemore singled and came around on Sims’ double.
The Eagles — ranked No. 5 in Class 1A — notched the game in the bottom of the third when Kirsten Click drove in both Kendall Beth Sides and Katlyn Sides with a two-out single.
The lead didn’t last long. Cordova jumped back ahead at 3-2 in the fourth inning on Morgan Martin’s bloop single with two outs that drove in Sydnie Hitchcock.
Cordova added its final two runs in the top of the seventh.
Westbrook started the rally with a two-out single. McLemore and Sims followed with RBI doubles.
For Cordova, McLemore was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, Westbrook was 2 for 4 with two runs, Martin finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and Hitchcock scored a run.
The Blue Devils host Winfield in their first area matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
For Sumiton Christian (10-1), Kendall Beth Sides was 3 for 4 with a double and a run, Katlyn Sides finished 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run, Click was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Savanna Langston was 2 for 3.
Kendall Beth Sides took the loss. She allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in seven innings.
Sumiton Christian plays at Parrish on Monday in the area opener.
Parrish 1, Addison 0
Parrish’s Makenze Morgan made a clutch first-inning steal of home that proved to be the deciding factor as the Tornadoes defeated the Addison Bulldogs 1-0 at Addison.
Parrish’s Jamie Beth Hocutt pitched all seven shutout innings for the win, giving up four hits and striking out eight Addison batters.
Mary Jo Sanford went 1 for 2 at the plate for the Tornadoes.
Parrish (6-4) takes on the Dora Bulldogs to open the SIAC Crossover Tournament at Memorial Park on Thursday.
No. 1 Haleyville 7, No. 7 Carbon Hill 1
Top-ranked Haleyville scored three runs in the first inning and pulled away for a 7-1 home victory over Carbon Hill on Tuesday.
The Lions led 3-1 after the first inning and added two runs in the second and fourth innings.
For Carbon Hill (7-3), Meagan Bice was 3 for 3 with a double and a stolen base, Kenna Alexander was 1 for 3 with an RBI while Korey Tidwell, Ansley Madison and Brittany Chambers each finished 1 for 3. Tessa Ivey took the loss, allowing 12 hits, seven runs — five earned — and striking out three in six innings.
Carbon Hill hosts Oak Grove on Thursday.
Meek 12, St. Bernard 2, 5 innings
Meek moved to 2-0 in area play with a 12-2, five-inning home win over the St. Bernard Saints on Tuesday.
The Tigers (4-5, 2-0), were led by Brook Ragsdale. She picked up the win on the mound, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out six and also went 2 for 2 at the plate.
Also for Meek, Ally Peak was 3 for 3 with a double, Bekah Wolfe was 2 for 2, Haylee Ragsdale was 2 for 3, Brindy Knight was 2 for 4 and Jordan Waldrop was 1 for 3.
Meek plays an area game at Falkville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
Dora 5, Oakman 4
Dora’s Lindsey Johnson came through with a two-out hit in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 home victory over Oakman on Tuesday.
Jasmine McRoy got the win for Dora. She allowed three hits and no earned runs while striking out nine. She was also 2 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored for the Bulldogs. Johnson finished 1 for 3 with an RBI and Hannah Wilson went 3 for 4 with an inside-the-park home run.
Dora faces Parrish on Thursday at Memorial Park.