North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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May 3, 2013

Softball playoffs: Hayden advances to area finals; Mortimer Jordan and Curry play elimination game Friday morning

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KIMBERLY —

Kirkland struck out five Curry batters with six hits and no walks. McGinnis gave up eight hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk.

Curry 4, Mortimer Jordan 0: In a first-round game, Jackets pitcher Ashlee Swindle was at her best in striking out seven Blue Devils, as the host team simply could not generate any offense.

Curry scored twice in the third inning on a two-run double by shortstop Shannon Rowe. They struck again in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Swindle and Kaylee Horton.

Jordan pitcher Bailey Murphy tallied three strikeouts and eight hits in the loss.

Hayden 11, Curry 1 (5 innings): The Wildcats’ first round game ended early when Parr ,the pitcher in this contest, hit a double that scored two runs that capped off a six-run rally and invoked the mercy rule.

Parr fanned eight Viking hitters, and conceded just two hits. The lone run scored on an error.

The Cats scored their first five runs without benefit of a base hit, thanks to Viking walks, hit batters and errors.

Mortimer Jordan 15, Walker 5 (6 innings): In the loser’s bracket semifinal, the Blue Devils played mainly their bench players as they eliminated the Vikings.

Natalie Johnsey got the win in relief of Savannah Crawford. Johnsey came in with two out in the second to stop a Viking rally, and struck out five of the next eight batters.

Thursday’s schedule: Jordan and Curry tangle again at 10 a.m., with the winner facing Hayden in the championship game at noon and the loser being eliminated. If Hayden loses the championship game, another game will follow immediately thereafter in the double-elimination tournament.

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