Sela Stone

Mortimer Jordan third baseman Sela Stone takes her stance as the pitch is delivered. 

The Gardendale softball team (39-6-2) took second place at the Hoover Classic over the weekend.

The third-ranked Rockets launched tournament play with a 4-4 tie with Hewitt-Trussville and followed with a 5-1 win over Hale County, an 11-0 win over Pelham, a 5-3 win over Smiths Station, a 13-0 win over Alabama Christian Academy and a 6-4 championship-game loss to Saraland.

Senior Kaitlyn Clark pitched 14 innings in five appearances with 12 strikeouts for Gardendale. Haley Horton tossed seven innings with four strikeouts and Preslie Ross struck out six in four innings in the circle.

Outfielder Jaycee Dill led the Rockets with nine hits to go with five RBIs. Carlee McCondichie and Abbie Waters both finished tournament play with eight hits, and Sarah Beth Brake chipped in with seven hits and six RBIs. Senior Riley Phillips added six hits and four RBIs. 

Gardendale will host the Class 6A, Area 11 Tournament on Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Mortimer Jordan softball team (31-12) made a run to the semifinals of the Cullman Pre-State Blowout Tournament over the weekend.

It was Class 5A, Area 11 opponent Hayden that dismissed the No. 5-ranked Blue Devils on Saturday by a score of 10-2. No. 1 Hayden went on to win the tournament championship thanks to a finals victory over Ardmore.

Mortimer Jordan earned wins over Sparkman, Decatur, Jasper and Russellville prior to semifinal play. The Blue Devils travel to Hayden on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. start against No. 8 Corner in the area tournament. 

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

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