MONTGOMERY — The Cordova Blue Devils’ state tournament run and season came to an end on Friday, falling to No. 2 Wilson, 10-2, at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.In the loss, Raven Clark pitched seven …
MONTGOMERY — The Cordova Blue Devils’ state tournament run and season came to an end on Friday, falling to No. 2 Wilson, 10-2, at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.
In the loss, Raven Clark pitched seven innings, recording eight strikeouts.
Offensively, Abby Sargent went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Anna Key and Emma Hyche were 1 for 3 and Meagan Hicks and Mary Grayson Kilpatrick scored a run each.
Wilson led 3-1 after the first inning and pushed the lead to 6-1 after the third. The Warriors added four more runs in the fourth for a 10-1 lead.
Hale County went on to win the Class 4A title, beating Wilson 13-2 in five innings in the championship game.
For Cordova (29-22), the 2018 season marked another year of accomplishments under head coach Brittany Vintson. The Blue Devils secured their second-consecutive area and Northwest Region titles, and also made their second straight trip to the state tournament.
“I told the girls after the game that there’s a certain way a program is looked at when it comes to state tournament appearances — make one trip and people congratulate you, make it twice and it’s expected you’ll be back as a usual contender,” Vintson said. “We’re building off of it and each year we’ve improved. Next year we know we have to do more than we’ve done. We start tomorrow with our offseason and preparing for next year.”
Vintson also praised the leadership of her three seniors — Hicks, Kilpatrick and Kaitlin Herron — who were instrumental in the team’s success.
“Our three seniors were the foundation of our program. They were at the start of this and we have built on and around them from the beginning. They’re going to be truly missed, they’ve made such a huge impact on our program. Their leadership was unbelievable and the younger girls fed off of them and love them dearly. We all hate to see them go,” Vintson said.