State Baseball Playoffs: Cordova splits; Walker drops opener; Corner ousted
by Johnathan Bentley and W. Brian Hale
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Corner’s Phillip Gilbert throws a pitch against Jemison during their Class 4A first-round playoff series on Friday. Jemison swept the Yellow Jackets, 6-5 and 11-10. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Cordova came within three innings of a two-game sweep of Danville Friday night.

However, thanks to a late rally, Cordova will head back to Danville for a decisive Game 3 at 1:30 p.m. today. The winner will advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Cordova basted Danville 10-1 in the opener and led 7-0 after four innings in the nightcap before Danville rallied to tie the game in the seventh and pulled off a 9-7 nine-inning victory to notch the series at one game apiece.

In the opener, Danville scored a run in the first inning, but it was all Cordova from there. The Blue Devils scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.

They added five in the fourth and two in the seventh.

Cordova had 16 hits in the game led by Chase Trotter and Hunter Gilmore with three hits apiece. Zac Guerra, Cam Honeycutt and Taylor Trotter each had two RBIs. Clark Chance and Chase Trotter each added RBIs.

Andrew Minor got the win, striking out five in six innings. Stephen Kilpatrick went the final inning, striking out one.

Cordova seemed well on its way to a sweep after building a 4-0 lead in the second game.

The Blue Devils added to their lead with a three-run fourth inning for a 7-0 lead.

Danville started its rally in the fifth, scoring five runs to cut the gap to two runs. The Hawks added runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game at 7-7. Danville pushed across two more runs in the ninth for the comeback victory.

Jeffre Wingo started the game and got a no decision. He struck out eight in seven innings. Kilpatrick took the loss in relief, striking out four in two innings.

For Cordova, Minor was 3 for 5 with an RBI while Honeycutt was 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI. Guerra and Kilpatrick added RBIs.

Jonathan Morgan got the win for Danville, going all nine innings.

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Pinson Valley wins Game 1 over Walker

The Class 5A, 10th-ranked Pinson Valley Indians (27-10) handed the Walker Vikings (15-14) their first loss of the postseason on Friday, 12-2 in five innings at Pinson Valley.

Walker’s Bryant Atkins pitched for three and one-third innings in the loss, giving up five earned runs, 10 hits and three walks. Maverick Bahrik pitched one and two-thirds innings in relief, giving up two runs, one hit and striking out two batters.

At the plate, Quinton McCarty led the Vikings, going 2 for 3 with a run scored. Logan Nix went 1 for 3 with a run scored, while Stone Stephenson was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Saige Harding and Atkins both went 1 for 2.

Pinson Valley hosts Walker for game two of the series today at 2 p.m. With a win, the Vikings would force a game three tie-breaker in a double-header.

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Jemison sweeps Corner

Corner’s baseball season came to a disappointing end following a pair of one-run, home losses to Jemison on Friday in their Class 4A first-round playoff series.

The Yellow Jackets held late leads in both games only to fall short 6-5 and 11-10 to the Panthers.

In game 1, Corner held a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning after an RBI-triple from Blake Byrd.

Jemison tied the game with a pair of runs in the sixth inning and took a 6-4 lead after RBIs from Austin Broadhead and Michael Ray in the top of the seventh.

Corner got one run back in the bottom of the seventh inning when Cody Gilbert scored on an overthrow as Kerry Smith stole second, but Byrd’s subsequent grounder to second ended the game.

Broadhead was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Jemison, while Smith led Corner’s hitting by going 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Banks Woodley picked up the win in relief, with two hits and one run over two innings. Dillon McCaleb was tagged with the loss after 1 2/3 innings of relief work.

In game 2, Corner held a 10-4 lead in the sixth inning only to give up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth as Jemison took an 11-10 lead and held on for the win.

Byrd was 2-for-4, and Smith had two RBIs for Corner.

Josh Walker, who came to the mound to start the seventh inning, got the loss.

Corner closes the season at 22-15 while Jemison advances to the second round with a 17-14 mark.

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Addison drills Donoho

Addison made quick work of the Donoho Falcons in their Class 1A first-round home playoff series on Friday.

The Bulldogs threw a pair of shutouts, picking up 10-0 and 12-0 victories.

Addison (18-5) takes on the winner of the Decatur Heritage-Ragland series in the second round.

That series begins today at Ragland.