KIMBERLY — Mortimer Jordan sailed through the opening round of the Class 5A baseball playoffs, winning both ends of Friday’s doubleheader with Walker in twin five-inning mercy-rule decisions.
The Blue Devils took the first game 11-1, and the second 13-0.
Starting pitchers Orion Recke and Wes Crawford had no issues. Recke (8-2) allowed just two walks three hits and one earned run, coming off a single by Tiger center fielder Jackson Findlay. Crawford (8-0) gave up just two hits and no walks.
Crawford led Jordan’s hitters in the opener, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Recke drove in two runs, as did first baseman Garrett Suchey, and catcher Taylor Goodwin was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In the nightcap, Suchey hit 3-for-4 and scored three times. Crawford excelled at the plate again, going 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double and two runs scored. Shortstop Devlin Hodges was also 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI, and Goodwin was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and three runs driven in.
Springville struggled defensively, committing six errors in each game.
Jordan (38-8) moves on to the second round of the playoffs next Friday, where they will host the winner of the Pinson Valley-Walker opening round. The Indians lead that series 1-0.