State Baseball Playoffs: Season on the line for Cordova
by Johnathan Bentley
Apr 26, 2014 | 1075 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova’s season will come down to one final game at Winfield for the second straight season.

The Blue Devils held off a Winfield rally for a 9-8 win in the opener before dropping a 14-3 six-inning decision in Friday’s nightcap in their Class 3A second-round playoff series.

Game 3 will start at 2 p.m. today at Winfield High School.

Today’s winner takes on Piedmont in a third-round series next week.

“We played well in the first game,” Cordova coach Mark Ragsdale said. “We kept battling back and kept fighting. In the second game, we never quit. We fell behind early, but the guys never gave up.

“I like our chances in Game 3. We’ve still got plenty of fresh pitchers. We will just see where it goes.”

On Friday, Cordova (23-11) won a thriller in the opener. The Blue Devils trailed 3-1 after three innings, but outscored Winfield 8-2 over the next three innings to take a 9-5 into the bottom of the seventh.

Winfield struck for three runs before Cordova finally closed out the win.

The game featured 27 hits and three lead changes.

Clark Chance got the win for the Blue Devils despite allowing eight runs over six innings. Chance struck out two, walked one and gave up 12 hits.

Hunter Gilmore got the save, recording the final three outs.

At the plate, 10 different Cordova players had hits.

Jackson Kiser was 2 for 2 with double, a run and two RBIs, Logan Shumate was 2 for 3 with a run, Chase Trotter was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs, Cam Honeycutt was 2 for 4 with a run and Taylor Trotter was 2 for 4 with a run.

Garrett Woods, Clark Chance, Hunter Gilmore, Jed Cordell, Jeffre Wingo each added hits for the Blue Devils.

For Winfield, Matthew Gamble was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate.

The Pirates took control of the second game from the start, scoring six runs in the first inning.

Winfield added five runs in the fourth for an 11-1 lead.

The Pirates pounded out 15 more hits, giving them 27 for the day.

Scott Smothers was 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs for Winfield while Gamble was 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs.

For Cordova, Chance was 2 for 3. Taylor Trotter and Shumate added RBI hits.

Hunter Gilmore started for the Blue Devils and lasted just 2/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits.

Winfield’s Smothers had a home run in the inning.

Cordova’s Wingo went four innings, giving up six runs — five earned — on six hits and two walks.

Gamble got the win for Winfield, giving up three earned runs on five hits and seven walks in six innings.

Last season, Winfield dropped the playoff opener to Cordova 9-0 before winning the next two games 5-4 and 4-3.

The Pirates were then eliminated by Plainview in the third round.