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March 16, 2013

Baseball: Gardendale 4, Mortimer Jordan 2

Chris Walton strikes out 10 in rivalry game



Suchey did all he could, pitching 5-1/3 innings, surrendering only three hits and recording seven strikeouts. But errors plagued Jordan once again.

The Devils threatened in the top half of the fifth with runners on first and second and no outs. A great defensive play by first baseman Chris Martin, followed by back-to-back strikeouts from Walton killed Jordan’s rally attempt with two runners stranded on base.

The visitors never stopped swinging and pulled to within one after a clutch two-out RBI single from senior Brandon Spears. However, that’s as close at the Devils would get.

Gardendale manufactured an insurance run in the sixth to claim a 4-2 lead that Jordan (16-5) was unable to overcome.

The middle of the Rocket order came up big in Friday night’s game. Crook went 1-for-2 from the plate with a double, a walk and two runs scored. Freeman was zoned in and did what few have done by going 3-for-3 against Suchey.

Gardendale will travel south for spring break to compete in the Panama City Invitational, which starts on Monday. The Devils will also get back to action on Monday in their annual Spring Break Tournament, which includes Corner and Hayden. 

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