Prep Softball: Curry earns pair of wins; Cordova stays alive at regional
by Johnathan Bentley
May 11, 2013 | 1695 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova's Maggie Benson takes a lead off second base during Friday's loss to Good Hope. The Blue Devils face Northside at 9:30 a.m. today. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova's Maggie Benson takes a lead off second base during Friday's loss to Good Hope. The Blue Devils face Northside at 9:30 a.m. today. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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TUSCALOOSA — Curry breezed through the first two rounds of the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa on Friday, beating both Moody and Pleasant Grove to move into today's winner's bracket championship

The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of today's Hayden-McAdory game at 11 a.m. at Tuscaloosa's Sokol Park.

The Hayden-McAdory game starts at 7 a.m. today.

Curry opened the tournament with a 4-0 victory over No. 10 Moody. The Yellow Jackets followed with an 8-1 win over Pleasant Grove.

A victory in today's winner's bracket championship would stamp Curry's ticket to the State Softball Tournament in Montgomery.

A loss would send the Yellow Jackdets into the loser's bracket, where they would take on one of four other teams still remaining in a 3:30 p.m. game for second place.

The top two teams from the regional advance to Montgomery.

Also, in Tuscaloosa, Cordova battled back from a devastating 14-inning loss to keep its regional hopes alive.

At Troy, No. 5 Corner moved within one victory of a trip to the State Softball Tournament in Montgomery, beating Calera 7-3 and Beauregard 8-1 on Friday.

The Yellow Jackets (30-11) take on No. 6 Holtville (28-15) in the winner’s bracket final set for 9:30 p.m. today.

Cordova

One key hit — Good Hope and Cordova headed into the bottom of the 14th inning looking for that clutch at bat to break a 0-0 deadlock.

With a growing crowd of opposing players and fans looking on, Good Hope’s Darcie Wilson delivered.

Wilson knocked Faith Sims’ pitch over the left field wall to give the Red Raiders the victory in a marathon game that lasted nearly 3 hours in the opener for both teams in the North Central Regional Tournament at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa.

Despite the gut-wrenching loss, Cordova stayed alive with a 5-0 win over No. 5 American Christian Academy in their second game of the day.

Meanwhile, No. 2 Good Hope and No. 4 Winfield will play at 9:30 a.m. today with the winner earning the Regional title while the loser continues to battle for the No. 2 spot.

In Friday’s opener, Sims went 13 innings, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out 15 batters. She also accounted for three of the Blue Devils’ five hits, going 3 for 4, including a double that nearly cleared the outfield fence in the ninth inning. Both Ansley Ardoin and Hannah Ingram finished 1 for 5 for Cordova.

“Losing that first game was tough because we had to turn around so quickly and play the next game,” Cordova coach Randy Stracner said. “To lose like that deflates you. We did enough to take care of business. I’m proud of them to come back and get that second win.”

Sims got the win in the second game, allowing three hits and striking out three in six innings. Mabry Norris went the final inning, allowing two walks and striking out three.

Sims had another big game at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a home run. Ingram was 3 for 4 and Kaitlyn Herron was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.

Cordova (26-18-2) took the lead for good with a run in the first inning. The Blue Devils added two in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Next up for Cordova is an elimination game vs. Northside set for 9:30 a.m. today. The winner advances to face the Gordo-Vinemont winner at 12:30 p.m.

“We had to play two top 5 teams to start off with. It was brutal. Northside isn’t going to be a pushover. We will have to fight like crazy,” Stracner said. “The bottom line is that we are alive. That’s all that matters.”