Prep Softball: Cordova girls take 2nd at Winfield; Curry faces Mortimer Jordan in elimination game
by Johnathan Bentley
May 03, 2013 | 1551 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova’s headed to the regional softball tournament for the second time in school history.

The Blue Devils finished second in the Class 3A, Area 12 Tournament at Winfield High School on Thursday.

Cordova went 2-2 in the one-day tournament, losing to Hamilton in the opener and Winfield in the championship game.

The Blue Devils made their way through the loser’s bracket after falling to Hamilton 4-3. Cordova got a second chance at the Aggies after eliminating Winston County 15-0.

Cordova blanked Hamilton 8-0 in their third game of the day to earn a spot in the regional tournament.

Faith Sims, playing for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury three weeks ago, got the win. She allowed three hits and one walk while striking out nine. At the plate, Sims finished 2 for 4 with a home run, Hannah Ingram was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Hannah McLemore was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Ansley Ardoin was 2 for 5 with an RBI and Raigan Sherer was 3 for 4.

Fourth-ranked Winfield (33-8) won the championship game 12-0. The Pirates held a 2-0 lead going into the sixth inning.

In the win over Winston County, Danielle Honeycutt and Sims both pitched two innings. Madison Westbrook was 3 for 4, Ardoin was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ingram was 2 for 4.

Mabry Norris took the loss to Hamilton. She allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven. McLemore was 3 for 4 in the game while Westbrook was 1 for 2 with a run.

Next up for No. 8 Cordova (25-17-2) is a 9:30 a.m. game vs. No. 2 Good Hope next Friday in Tuscaloosa.

“I like our chances next week,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “I thought we played pretty well today. We hit the ball well. The girls are excited about getting to the regional and they are ready to play.”

Cordova last advanced to the regional tournament in 2009.

Cordova’s girls have played for area titles in all three sports: softball, basketball and volleyball.

“We’ve got things headed in the right direction,” said Stracner, who is in his second year at the school.”

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Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament

Curry takes on Mortimer Jordan in an elimination game today in the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament at Hayden High School.

Curry fell just short of clinching a spot in the regional tournament after a 2-1, 8-inning loss to top seeded Hayden.

The seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets opened the day with a 4-0 win over sixth-ranked Mortimer Jordan. The Blue Devils stayed alive in the loser’s bracket with a win over Walker in an elimination game.

Fifth-ranked Hayden has already earned a spot in the regional tournament. The Wildcats will be joined at the regional by the winner of the Curry-Mortimer Jordan game, which is set for 10 a.m. today.

The tournament, which was originally scheduled for three days, will end today.