Hornets down Mortimer Jordan

Chelsea's Kacie Craft pulls in a line-drive for an out during Friday's game at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — Chelsea High School softball coach Russell McCartey recognized the differences between his Hornets and their opponent Mortimer Jordan in the quarterfinal round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A state tournament May 20 at Lagoon Park.

The gap between Mortimer Jordan, which owns two of the past three AHSAA Class 5A championships, and Chelsea closed following the Hornets’ 3-0 win over the Blue Devils in the school’s first ever win in an opening game at the state tournament.

“It was a big win for Chelsea High School,” McCartey said. “(Mortimer Jordan) is a very good program. It was a big win for our program.”

Chelsea celebrates following their victory on Friday. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

The Hornets will face Faith Academy in the AHSAA Class 5A semifinals May 20 at 7 p.m.

The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and pitchers Morgan Pence and Caitlin Bice combined to keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard in the victory.

Chelsea pitcher Morgan Pence delivers a pitch during Friday's game. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

Pence earned the win in the circle after pitching four innings and facing one batter in the fifth inning. Pence allowed just one hit with three strikeouts and two walks. Pence hit one batter.

Bice earned the save after allowing just three hits with one strikeout in the final three innings.

Pence led Chelsea at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and drove in one run.

Chelsea's Morgan Pence comes up just short after trying to track down a fly ball to shallow left field. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

Alex Osborn finished 1-for-3 at the plate and drove in one run. Courtney Campbell finished 1-for-4 at the plate. Allie Luster scored two runs in the victory.

Chelsea took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Bice led off the game with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Campbell before scoring on an RBI single by Osborn. Luster reached on a walk and eventually scored on an RBI single by Pence.

Chelsea added a run in the top of the sixth inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Chelsea's Caitlin Bice steals second during the first inning. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

Luster reached on a fielding error by the Mortimer Jordan infield, moved to second base on a single by Pence and scored on another error by the Blue Devils in the inning.

Pence pitched out of a jam in the third inning with Mortimer Jordan runners on second and third base. Pence got out of the jam with a fly out to center field for the final out of the inning.

After Pence walked the lead off batter in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bice came in and shut down the Blue Devils with a strikeout and a double play to end the inning.