Senior pitcher Cody Thomas outdueled his Cordova counterparts, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out seven in eight innings of work.
Cordova struck for two runs in the second inning, but was held in check the rest of the way. Dora got single runs in the second and fourth innings before scoring the game-winner in the eighth.
“Our kids play hard and they don’t give up,” Dora coach Bret Andrews said. “We’ve got great senior leadership on the team.”
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Roberts walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Noah Hester’s sacrifice fly.
Cordova struck first on Saturday, pushing across two runs in the second inning on hits from Hunter Gilmore, Jeffre Wingo and Chase Trotter. Gilmore and Wingo scored runs in the inning.
Dora got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Roberts reached on an error, stole second base, moved to third base on a Noah Hester single and scored on Dalton Vines’ RBI single to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the fourth, Roberts led off the inning with a single, moved to second on Hester’s infield single, took third on a Vines sacrifice and scored on Dakota Weldon’s sacrifice fly to notch the score at 2-2.
For the game, Roberts was 1 for 3 with three runs and three stolen bases, Hester was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Vines was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Weldon added an RBI.
Cordova pitchers Wingo and Hunter Gilmore combined to strike out 14 batters in the loss.
Wingo went the first six innings, allowing two runs while striking out 11. Gilmore pitched 1 1/3 innings and took the loss for Cordova. He struck out three batters.
Dora (5-5) continues tournament play at Parrish on Monday.
Dora, Oakman and Curry were all winners on Saturday.
The week-long tournament ends next Saturday at Dora High School with the fifth-place game scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by the third-place game at 1:30 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m.
Oakman 5, Carbon Hill 2
Jase Trotter and Case Key led Oakman at the plate and Caleb Woods did his part on the mound as the Wildcats knocked off Carbon Hill 5-2 on the road Saturday in their Walker County Baseball Tournament opener.
Trotter and Key combined for six hits on the day while Woods allowed just five hits and two unearned runs, striking out four and allowing no walks in seven innings. Woods improved to 3-0 on the season.
“He did a great job. He threw a lot of strikes and the kids played well behind him,” Oakman coach Chris Coons said.
Carbon Hill’s Austin Jackson took the loss. He went five innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out five.
For Oakman (7-2), Trotter had a double and scored three runs, Dylan Wilcutt, Braden Hall and Cason Madden added hits for the Wildcats (7-2).
Jackson was 2 for 3 at the plate for the Bulldogs (1-3) while Jacob Mitchell was 2 for 4.
Coons feels every team in the county has a shot at the title this season.
“I think most of us in the county are a lot alike, depending on who’s pitching. I think we’re all evenly matched,” he said.
Oakman is scheduled to host Curry on Monday and Parrish on Tuesday.
Curry 8, Parrish 3
Defending Walker County champion Curry scored five runs in the second inning and cruised from there, beating the Parrish Tornadoes 8-3 at Curry High School in Saturday’s Walker County Baseball Tournament opener.
Pitchers Blake Estes and Roman Calvert combined to record 14 strike outs for the Yellow Jackets. Estes got the win, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out 11 in four innings. Calvert went the final three innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
Offensively seven players had hits for Curry, led by Logan Wilson, who was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and an RBI, Jarrod Owens was 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs and three stolen bases, Colton Barton was 1 for 3 with two runs, Jaxon Aaron was 1 for 2 with a run, both Estes and Calvert were 1 for 1, Tanner Aldridge was 1 for 4, Sam Speegle scored two runs and Drew Woodley added a run.
Curry is scheduled to play at Oakman on Monday.