Cordova stays alive at state tournament

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

MONTGOMERY — Cordova’s still alive at the State Softball Tournament.The Blue Devils got off to a slow start in Montgomery, losing their opener to North Jackson, but the team bounced back with a …

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Cordova stays alive at state tournament

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MONTGOMERY — Cordova’s still alive at the State Softball Tournament.

The Blue Devils got off to a slow start in Montgomery, losing their opener to North Jackson, but the team bounced back with a comfortable win over Satsuma in its second game.

Cordova (29-21) faces Wilson (45-4) at 9 a.m. today in an elimination game. 

The Blue Devils need to win three games to make the championship series.

Cordova also lost its first game in Montgomery  last season — to eventual state champion Northside — before beating both Wilson and Bibb County in the elimination bracket. 

Six teams are alive in the Class 4A bracket.

Hale County plays North Jackson in the winner’s bracket final today while Bibb County and Alabama Christian play in an elimination game. 

The championship game is set for 5:45 p.m. today.  

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Cordova 7, Satsuma 3

Cordova wasted no time taking control of its second game against Satsuma. The Blue Devils belted a pair of home runs and scored five runs in the first inning.

Abby Sargent hit a grand slam, scoring Mary Grayson Kilpatrick, Meagan Hicks and Emma Hyche for a 4-0 lead. Anna Grace Key followed with a home run two batters later to make the score 5-0. 

Cordova scored runs in the second and third inning to build a 7-0 lead.

Raven Clark got the win, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings.

At the plate, Kilpatrick was 2 for 4 with a double, a run and an RBI, Hyche was 2 for 3 with a run, Sargent was 1 for 3 with a grand slam, Key was 2 for 3 with a solo home run, Jaqulyn Braswell was 1 for 2 with a double, a run and an RBI and Meagan Hicks scored a run. 

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North Jackson 15, Cordova 3

The Blue Devils opened the Class 4A tournament with a 15-3 loss to North Jackson.

Cordova led 2-1 going into the fourth inning. North Jackson tied the game in the fourth and scored four runs in the fifth to take control with a 6-2 lead.

The Chiefs closed out the game with a seven-run seventh inning.

Clark recorded six strikeouts in seven innings in the loss, allowing 11 earned runs on 18 hits and four walks.

At the plate, Kilpatrick was 1 for 3 with a run scored, Braswell and Hyche both had a double with a run scored, Kaitlin Herron recorded a double, Hicks had a two-run single and Sargent recorded an RBI.

For North Jackson (42-13), four players had three hits led by Hadley Burnette who was 3 for 5 with four RBIs. Ali Garner was 3 for 3 with four runs and an RBI.