The Mortimer Jordan softball team (33-13) has wrapped up a runner-up finish in the Class 5A, Area 11 Tournament.

The Blue Devils split their first two games in Hayden on Tuesday and returned Thursday for a 16-2 regional-clinching win over Jasper in five innings. Tournament host and No. 1-ranked Hayden later beat Mortimer Jordan 12-2 in six innings in the area finals Thursday—the Wildcats’ second victory of the week over MJ.

Both Hayden and Mortimer Jordan will be at play next Thursday in the West-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa. 

Mortimer Jordan 16, Jasper 2

The Blue Devils, with their season on the line Thursday afternoon, came out hotter than a wedding sparkler. Sophomore Brooke Nash punctuated the first inning with a grand slam, which sent Mortimer Jordan off to the home-half with a commanding 10-0 lead. Ainsley Grimes, Mikayla McCain, Maia Townsend and Madi Maze each chipped in with first-inning RBIs to chase Vikings starter Ashton Prescott.

Nash welcomed Likely Turnbow to the circle with a four-run poke off the scoreboard in right field.

Maze pitched a scoreless first and spent the remainder of the game in the third-base dugout alongside several other Mortimer Jordan starters.

Hayden 12, Mortimer Jordan 2

▪ (H) Lindsey Smith: three hits, five RBIs

▪ (H) Katelyn Belding: three hits, three RBIs

▪ (H) Gracie Benton: two hits

▪ (H) Savannah Painter: six innings pitched, 18 first-pitch strikes

▪ Katelyn Holcombe: five innings pitched, 18 first-pitch strikes

The Pinson Valley softball team (20-28) has punched its ticket to Tuscaloosa thanks to two wins over rival Clay-Chalkville in the Class 6A, Area 12 Tournament.

The Indians beat the Cougars 16-4 on Tuesday and 19-1 on Thursday, but fell to tournament host and eventual Area 12 champion Pell City twice in the same timeframe. Both Pinson and Pell City will compete in the West-Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa starting next Thursday.

Pinson Valley 16, Clay-Chalkville 4

▪ Ka’Mya Hampton: four hits, four RBIs

▪ Mollie Peoples: three hits

▪ Shauna Clevenger: three hits, four RBIs

▪ Hope Cole: five innings pitched, five strikeouts

Pell City 3, Pinson Valley 2

▪ Jordan Walker: six innings pitched, five strikeouts

Pinson Valley 19, Clay-Chalkville 1

▪ Hope Cole: four hits, three RBIs

▪ Ka’Mya Hampton: four hits, five RBIs

Pell City 13, Pinson Valley 12

▪ Mollie Peoples: three hits, two RBIs

▪ Hope Cole: three hits

▪ Jordan Walker: two hits

The Fultondale softball team (6-18), despite an 0-2 showing at the Class 3A, Area 9 Tournament this week, has qualified for its third straight regional tournament under head coach Kristen McGrath. In her first two seasons with the Wildcats, McGrath and her girls entered South-Central Regional play as the champion out of Area 8.

Fultondale will travel to Tuscaloosa next Thursday to join an eight-team bracket, including Locust Fork, in Bowers Park for the West-Central Regional Tournament.

The Wildcats fell to Locust Fork—their only area opponent—twice this week on the road.

Locust Fork 7, Fultondale 6

▪ Madison Tucker: two hits, three RBIs

▪ Morgan Rascoe: two hits, six innings pitched, three strikeouts

Locust Fork 3, Fultondale 0

▪ Caitlin Goodwin: two hits

▪ Morgan Rascoe: two hits

▪ (LF) Hailey League: two-run home run

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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