Curry softball team goes after county three-peat
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 18, 2014 | 1128 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Curry’s softball team has won back-to-back Walker County Tournament titles. The Yellow Jackets’ seven seniors want to add a third straight.

Their quest begins today at Oakman High School.

The two-day, double-elimination tournament begins at 10 a.m. today.

Curry, the No. 1 seed, and Cordova, the No. 2 seed, receive first-round byes.

“Our seniors really want to go out with three in a row. They are focusing on this one,” Curry coach Annah Cagle said.

Seniors on this year’s Curry team are: Ella Banks, Logan Black, Katie Justice, Holli McGinnis, Jordan McPherson, Shannan Rowe and Shauna Rowe.

Half of the six-team field in the tournament is ranked.

Curry (33-6) holds down the No. 1 spot in Class 5A, Cordova (23-12-1) is No. 6 in Class 3A and Oakman (16-13) is No. 9 in Class 2A. Carbon Hill (18-11-1) is one slot out of the rankings in Class 4A.

“(The county tournament) is always up in the air. It seems like Cordova and Carbon Hill always play well. Last year, Parrish was a really good team,” Cagle said.

Carbon Hill, who won the 2011 county title, is the No. 3 seed followed by (4) Oakman, (5) Dora and (6) Parrish. Two teams will be eliminated on Friday.

Oakman battles Dora in the opening game at 10 a.m.

The second game pits Carbon Hill vs. Parrish.

The top two seeds are in action starting at 2 p.m. with Curry taking on the Oakman-Dora winner. Cordova opens against the Carbon Hill-Parrish winner at 4 p.m.

Elimination games will be held at 6 and 8 p.m.

Saturday’s games start at 11 a.m. with the winner’s bracket final.

Loser’s bracket games follow at 1 and 3 p.m. with the championship game set for 5 p.m.

Curry, which defeated Parrish in last year’s final, enters the game coming off a rare loss.

The Yellow Jackets (33-6) lost to No. 2 Hayden 4-1 on Wednesday.

Cagle said Curry, which finished third in the Class 5A state tournament last year, has room for improvement.

“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet. We’ve got a lot to work on,” she said.