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March 26, 2014

Spring Break baseball: Gardendale, Mortimer Jordan unbeaten in tournaments

While many of their classmates head for the beach, many baseball players are spending their spring break playing as many games as they can cram in. And two local teams are doing very well.

Mortimer Jordan has won its first three games in its own annual Spring Break Tournament. The Blue Devils opened play Monday afternoon with a 16-9 slugfest win over Hayden, with Austin Davis going 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Taylor Goodwin drove in three runs as he went 2-for-5 with a double. For the Wildcats, Jackson Kirk had four RBIs as he went 3-for-4 with a double.

In the second game of the day, Jordan went out to an early 4-0 lead, only to see Cleveland battle back with a five-run rally in the fifth. But the Devils scored four in the bottom of the sixth to lock up an 8-5 victory.

Brandon Couch hit two triples in four at-bats and drove in three runs for the Devils, while Goodwin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Pitcher Wes Crawford got the win in relief, taking over after starter Dylan Burgett allowed all five Cleveland runs without an out in the fifth.

On Tuesday, Jordan edged Pleasant Grove 2-1 in a pitcher's duel, with Justin Folse (2-3) allowing just three hits and no earned runs over 5-2/3 innings. Goodwin came in to record his second save of the year.

Nathan Stover hit a run-scoring double in the fifth as part of his 2-for-3 effort, and Crawford also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Colby Quinn drove in the Spartans' lone run.

Round robin play continues Wednesday at Mortimer Jordan, with finals on Thursday.

Gardendale opened with three wins in the Lake Martin Tournament at Central Alabama Community College at Alexander City. In their opening game Monday, Colten Jay's base hit drove in Joseph Calvert for the winning run as the Rockets beat Central-Phenix City 3-2.

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