By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
KIMBERLY — Corner's Chase Best was at his best on Tuesday, holding Mortimer Jordan to just two hits as the Yellow Jackets ran to an 8-0 win on the second day of pool play in the Jefferson County Schools Baseball Tournament.
While Best kept the Blue Devils' bats quiet, Jordan did themselves no favors defensively, committing seven errors – five of them in the first three innings.
The Jackets jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a bases-loaded passed ball that allowed Dillon McCaleb to score. Levi Green followed with an RBI single, then Robby Harpman capped the inning with a first-pitch line drive down the left-field line for a two-run double.
Corner added a run in the second when Kevin Bryant hit into a fielder's choice that scored Jackson Tavel from third.
Tavel returned the favor in the third when he grounded out to the pitcher, letting Harpman come home. Devne Daniel also scored on a passed ball.
In the fifth, Tavel smacked a first-pitch lead-off double to right field, and scored on the next pitch when Cole Lepchitz singled to left.
Jordan had a chance to score in the fifth when Taylor Goodwin hit a lead-off double on a liner to left, and then Best put Garrett Davis on with a walk. But the threat ended when Dalton Hudson hit into a double play.
Harpman finished 3-for-4 for the game with two RBIs. Tavel and Chris Huff were each 2-for-4.
Best struck out four Devils and walked two in the win. Jordan starter Dylan Burgett was pulled after three innings, striking out five; just two of his seven runs were earned. Andrew Warren worked four innings in relief, giving up four hits.
Corner (6-5) hosts Pleasant Grove on Wednesday in a battle of two teams that won their first two pool-play games in the tournament. Jordan (9-5, 0-2 in pool play) hosts Pinson Valley, which is also unbeaten in the tournament.