Cordova closes in on Montgomery

Carbon Hill, Oakman meet in elimination game today

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/12/18

TUSCALOOSA — Cordova is right on track for a return to the State Softball Tournament in Montgomery. The Blue Devils had their way in a pair of wins on Friday, beating White Plains and Oneonta …

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Cordova closes in on Montgomery

Carbon Hill, Oakman meet in elimination game today

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TUSCALOOSA — Cordova is right on track for a return to the State Softball Tournament in Montgomery. 

The Blue Devils had their way in a pair of wins on Friday, beating White Plains and Oneonta by a combined score of 21-1.

Cordova scored early and often in an 11-1, five-inning victory over White Plains in their regional opener. The Blue Devils got a dominant performance from pitcher Raven Clark in the second game, a 10-0 win over Oneonta. 

Cordova plays Cherokee County at 10:30 a.m. today with the winner advancing to Montgomery as the No. 1 qualifier. Cherokee County held off Haleyville 5-3 in Friday night’s other Class 4A winner’s bracket game.

The Blue Devils aren’t the only area team still vying for a State Softball Tournament berth. 

Carbon Hill and Oakman both finished 1-1 on Friday. The two meet at 9 a.m. today in an elimination game. The Carbon Hill-Oakman winner will have to win two more games to earn a spot at state as the No. 2 qualifier in Class 3A.

Dora dropped its first two games on Friday, ending its regional stay.

In teams returning for a second day at the regional, Jasper dropped its opener to Hueytown, ending its season, while Addison closed out its surprise regional run by upsetting South Lamar in Class 1A for the No. 1 qualifier. 

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Cordova wins first two games

Raven Clark was at the top of her game for the Blue Devils on Friday.

Cordova’s star pitcher went 2-0 in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out 11 batters in 14 innings. In Friday’s opener, Cordova erupted for 10 runs over the first two innings en route to an 11-1, five-inning win over White Plains.

Abby Sargent led the Blue Devils at the plate, going 1 for 2 with a double, a run and three RBIs, Kaitlin Herron was 1 for 3 with a double, a run and three RBIs, Haley Hann belted a solo homer and finished 2 for 2 with a run and two RBIs, Mary Grayson Kilpatrick was 1 for 2 with two runs, Meagan Hicks was 2 for 3 with a run, Emma Hyche was 1 for 2 with two runs and an RBI, Clark was 1 for 3 with a double, a run and an RBI and Jaqulyn Braswell was 1 for 2 with a run.

In Cordova’s late game, the Blue Devils pulled away slowly, taking a 3-0 lead into the third and scoring seven runs over the final two innings for the 10-0 win over Oneonta.

Clark got the win, allowing three hits while striking out five.

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Carbon Hill goes 1-1 

on Friday

Carbon Hill will have to win three straight games today to earn a spot in the State Softball Tournament. The Bulldogs start the day against county and area rival Oakman.

In the opener, Carbon Hill jumped out to a big lead early and took down Glencoe 10-4.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the first innings and added three runs in both the second and third innings for a 10-3 lead.

Karlie Ratliff led the team at the plate and in the circle.

She was 3 for 4 with a stolen base, a double, two runs and three RBIs. Ratliff also earned the win, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out nine in seven innings.

Abby Martin was 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs, Adison Alexander was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Allie Parr was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Alayna Ivie was 1 for 2 with two stolen bases and a run, Alleigh Keeton was 1 for 4 with a run and Santa Clark was 1 for 2 with a stolen base and three runs.

In the second game, Locust Fork scored four runs in the 2nd inning and make the lead stand, beating Carbon Hill 5-1 in Friday’s nightcap.

The Bulldogs didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning against Locust Fork pitcher Corrina Dodd.

Sarah Stovall took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing five runs, one earned, on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. 

Allie Parr was 1 for 3 with a run, Abby Martin was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and Alleigh Keeton was 1 for 3.

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Oakman splits pair

Oakman got plenty of offense on Friday, scoring 20 runs while splitting games in Tuscaloosa. 

The Wildcats’ rallied late in a 14-9 loss to Pleasant Valley in the opener and scored in each of the first five innings in an 11-9 win over Holly Pond.

In the first game, Pleasant Valley took a commanding lead early and held off a late Oakman rally for 14-9 victory over the Wildcats.

The Raiders scored four runs in the first and five more in the second for a 9-1 lead. Pleasant Valley led 12-3 after four innings.

Oakman cut the lead to 12-7 going into he bottom of the sixth. Pleasant Valley added two insurance runs top push the lead back to seven runs.

For Oakman, Heather Thompson was 3 for 4 with a double and two runs, Samantha Kelly was 3 for 4 with a run, Chante Williams was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two runs, Allie Barrentine was 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Makemson took the loss in the circle for the Wildcats. 

Against Holly Pond, Oakman led 5-0 after the second inning, and 11-5 after five innings. 

The Broncos scored four in the seventh to get as close as two runs.

For Oakman, Heather Thompson was 3 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs, Iyana Canada was 2 for 5 with two runs, Chante Williams belted a three-run home run, Shalayiah Waid was 1 for 4 with two runs and Kylie Bolton was 1 for 4 with an RBI.

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Dora goes 0-2 in Tuscaloosa

Dora’s opening regional game went to the wire with Cherokee County edging the Bulldogs 6-4.

Dora drew even with Warriors at 4-4 after scoring a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Cherokee County went ahead for good in the sixth. 

The Bulldogs put the tying runners on second and third base in the seventh, but weren’t able to get the game-tying hit.

For Dora, Kayleigh Patterson was 2 for 3 with two runs, Chelsey Henderson was 2 for 3, Callie Simmons scored two runs and Hallie Roberts was 1 for 3.

Jaz Parker took the loss in the circle.

Leeds ended Dora’s season with a 17-5, five-inning loss in Friday’s second game. The Green Wave scored nine runs in the fourth.

Ally Reed was 1 for 2 with three runs for Dora, Roberts was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Henderson was 1 for 3 with an RBI, Simmons was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Tori Morrison added a hit.

Parker, Roberts and Patterson each saw time in the circle. Parker went the first 1 2/3 innings, taking the loss. 

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Addison wins regional’s No. 1 qualifier

Addison closed out its surprising run at the regional on Friday, taking down second-ranked South Lamar to earn the No. 1 qualifier and a spot at the State Softball Tournament in Montgomery next week.

The Bulldogs are heading to the state tournament for the first time since 2014.

On Friday, South Lamar led the game 2-0 before Addison struck for two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Bulldogs followed with three runs in the fifth for a 5-3 lead, and held on for the victory.

Addison had six consecutive singles in the fifth with Cecilee Gaither, Abbie Chambless and Madison Aderholt has RBIs in the inning.

Macey Butler went 3 for 4 with two runs to lead Addison (17-21), Cecilee Gaither was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, Anna Grace Luker was 2 for 4 with a run, Abbie Chambless was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Madison Aderholt was 2 for 2 with an RBI.

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Hueytown eliminates Jasper

Hueytown handed Jasper its first loss of the regional tournament on Thursday.

One day later, the Golden Gophers closed out Jasper's season with a 6-1 victory over the Vikings, who were playing without three suspended starters.

Hueytown broke a scoreless tie in fifth, taking advantage of two Jasper miscues and four hits to take control of the game.

Jasper got its lone run in the sixth when Skylar Birdyshaw reached on a double to lead off the inning. Prescott drove in the run with a one-out double.

For the Vikings, who lost to Hueytown 6-3 on Thursday, Birdyshaw was 2 for 3 with two doubles, Abby Trotter, Prescott, Tryneti Chatman, Blake Burton and Sargent added hits.