Cordova girls rally past Sumiton Christian
by W. Brian Hale
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Cordova’s Mabry Norris throws a pitch against Sumiton Christian on Thursday. Cordova won 4-3. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova’s Mabry Norris throws a pitch against Sumiton Christian on Thursday. Cordova won 4-3. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CORDOVA — When the No. 8 Cordova Blue Devils needed a key hit to overcome a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 3 Sumiton Christian, Hannah Ingram came through and delivered.

With teammates Hanna McLemore and Ansley Ardoin in scoring position, Ingram drove both in on a two-run triple to give the Blue Devils the 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Sumiton Christian on Thursday — Cordova’s second win of the season over the Eagles.

Ingram went 3 for 4 to cap off her game-winning performance, while McLemore also went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Ardoin had a productive day, going 2 for 3 with a run scored and Madison Westbrook — who was honored before the game as the team’s only senior — went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Eighth-grader pitcher Mabry Norris got the first win of her career for the Blue Devils, giving up three hits, three walks and striking out eight batters in the final four innings of the game. She relieved Danielle Honeycutt, who gave up eight hits, three runs and two walks in the first three innings.

Jenna Ergle took the loss for Sumiton Christian, surrendering 11 hits, four runs, three walks and striking out four batters in seven innings. At the plate, Ergle went 1 for 1 with three walks and a two-run home run to lead the Eagles. Kendall Beth Sides was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and Kendell Hamm went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Ergle’s two-run shot in the top of the first inning allowed Sumiton Christian to take the early 2-0 lead. Cordova responded with McLemore driving in Morgan Martin in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double to cut the lead to 2-1.

The teams exchanged runs in the second inning — first with Kirsten Click driving in Ergle to extend the Eagles’ lead to 3-1.

The Blue Devils answered when Westbrook scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Martin to cut the lead to 3-2 in Sumiton Christian’s favor.

A run would separate both teams until the seventh inning, when Ingram’s score would clinch the 4-3 final.

Cordova (23-14-1) takes on Oneonta to begin the Holly Pond Tournament today at 6 p.m. Sumiton Christian (23-20) begins Class 1A, Area 10 Tournament play on Wednesday.

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Parrish 11, Addison 0

Parrish’s Grayson Culverson shined on Senior Night for the second-ranked Tornadoes on Thursday.

She picked up the win, striking out 11 batters, and also went 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI in Parrish’s 11-0, five-inning win over Addison.

The game marked the final home game for seniors: Culverson, Tayler Winchester and Savannah Jones. Culverson allowed one hit and one walk in the game.

At the plate, Makenzie Morgan finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and Ciera Hubbard was 2 for 2 with two stolen bases.

Parrish (30-9) is off until next week’s Class 1A, Area 10 Tournament at Sumiton Christian.

The Tornadoes face eighth-ranked Lynn at 11:30 p.m. in their tournament opener on Wednesday.