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