Prep Softball: Focus shifts to regional tourneys
by W. Brian Hale
May 09, 2014 | 891 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With last week’s round of area tournaments eliminating half of the softball teams from across the state, six programs from the Daily Mountain Eagle coverage area will begin the next step on the journey to Montgomery today in Tuscaloosa, Troy and Huntsville.

Four teams — Curry, Cordova, Sumiton Christian and Lynn — will battle at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa, while Addison travels to Huntsville’s Metro Sportsplex. Corner rounds out the competitors with a trip to the Troy Sportsplex.

The action will continue into Saturday, with each classification’s top two regional qualifiers advancing to next week’s state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

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Class 5A — Tuscaloosa, Sokol Park

No. 2 Curry (41-7) vs. Brookwood

The Yellow Jackets beat No. 5 Mortimer Jordan, 11-1, to win the Area 12 title. Brookwood, the second place qualifier of Area 9, fell to No. 8 McAdory, 4-0 in the championship final.

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Class 4A — Troy Sportsplex

Corner (15-13) vs. No. 2 Handley (29-13)

Corner earned the second-place qualifier spot in Area 8 after being defeated by Oak Grove, 7-4. Perennial playoff contender Handley beat Beauregard 5-3 to advance to Troy.

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Class 3A — Tuscaloosa, Sokol Park

No. 5 Cordova (35-16-1) vs. American Christian Academy (ACA)

The Blue Devils, who enter the game as Area 12’s second-place qualifier, lost to No. 3 Winfield 14-4 in the title game. ACA beat Northside 10-3 for the Area 9 championship.

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Class 1A — Tuscaloosa, Sokol Park

No. 1 Sumiton Christian (43-13-1) vs. Belgreen (26-13)

No. 3 Lynn (42-8) vs. Tharptown (27-17-1)

Sumiton Christian topped Lynn 7-0 for the Area 10 championship, while Tharptown routed Belgreen 10-1 for the Area 11 title. The Eagles battle second place-qualifier Belgreen, while Area 11 champ Tharptown meets the Bears.

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Class 1A — Huntsville, Metro Sportsplex

Addison (26-14) vs. Skyline (10-8)

The Bulldogs were beaten by Area 15 champion Falkville, 13-3, to enter the tournament as the second-place qualifier. Skyline defeated Woodville 6-3 for the Area 14 title.