Cordova wins area thriller over Hamilton
by Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova’s Danielle Honeycutt throws a pitch against Hamilton during their game at Cordova High School on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won 5-4. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova’s Danielle Honeycutt throws a pitch against Hamilton during their game at Cordova High School on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won 5-4. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — With their top player out with an injury, the Cordova Blue Devils turned to some new faces Tuesday against Hamilton.

They delivered.

Freshman pitcher Danielle Honeycutt picked up the win and seventh-grader Ansley Ardoin finished 3 for 3 with a pair of RBIs as Cordova earned a 5-4 area win at home over Hamilton.

While Cordova’s young players came through, it was a familiar face that had the game-winning hit.

Trailing 4-3 and down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Hannah McLemore delivered a two-run single that drove in Madison Westbrook and Kaitlin Herron to give Cordova the victory.

“This was a big win for us,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “That makes us 2-2 in the area.”

The victory came one day after starting pitcher Faith Sims went down with a partially torn meniscus during the Blue Devils’ 3-1 road loss to Holly Pond.

“There is a slim chance she’s back for the area tournament. When it happened, I thought she had torn her ACL, so the news was not as bad as it could have been. We will have to deal with it,” Stracner said.

Honeycutt, who has served as Cordova’s JV pitcher this season, allowed four runs — three earned — on six hits and three walks. She also struck out four batters.

Cordova built a 3-0 lead after the first inning, but Hamilton battled back with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth for a 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Westbrook led off with a single. Herron drew a one-out walk and Chasity Kilpatrick walked with two outs to load the bases for McLemore, who drove a single to left field.

McLemore finished 2 for 2 with a run and two RBIs.

Cordova (20-11-1) plays at Winston County in another Class 3A, Area 12 game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Carbon Hill 11, Oakman 2

Carbon Hill jumped out to an early lead and pulled away for an 11-2 win over Oakman on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs scored two runs in each of the first two innings and led 10-0 after the fourth.

Korey Tidwell and Katie Moore had big games for Carbon Hill. Tidwell finished 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs while Moore was 2 for 4 with a run, three RBIs and two stolen bases.

Tessa Ivey got the win. She allowed two runs — one earned on two hits and one walk while striking out one. Also at the plate, Molli Clark was 2 for 4 with a double, Caroline Dodd was 1 for 4 with a run, Ansley Madison was 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI, Ivey was 1 for 2 with an RBI, Anna Grace Martin was 1 for 2 and Meagan Bice, Kenna Alexander, Jessica Hurst, Abby Tittle and Savanna Lawson each scored runs.

Carbon Hill (15-18) hosts Lynn at 3:30 p.m. today.