HAYDEN — Hayden completed its season sweep of Class 5A Area 12 rival Mortimer Jordan, thanks to a 5-1 victory on Thursday.
It was one of the best pitching performances — perhaps the best — of Katie Parr's career against a top-level team. She went the entire seven innings, striking out nine Blue Devil batters and allowing just two hits, three walks and a hit batsman. The lone Jordan run was partly due to her own fielding rather than pitching, as an errant throw to first on a comeback grounder by Alyssa Lang kept the seventh inning alive, and let Shelby Maze drive home Alexa Callahan two pitches later.
Meanwhile, Devils ace hurler Bailey Murphy struggled. She allowed a run in the third inning on a Brooke Meadows single with two runners on base; it might have been more had not the Devils caught Wildcat runner Abagail White off base and tagged her out at second to end the inning.
But the end of Murphy's pitching duties came in the fourth, when she saw Hayden load the bases on two singles and an infield error; a run then scored when Taylor Hodo drew a walk. Coach Shawn Maze had seen enough, and relieved Murphy with Natalie Johnsey, who saw another runner score on a second-pitch passed ball. A ground-out by Savannah Woodard and a single by Evin Bibb brought in two more runs.
Bibb finished with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, with the RBI and a run scored, she started the game with a lead-off walk. Kayla Byrd was 2-for-3, and also reached on an error. Parr was 0-for-2, but drew two walks.
Wildcat pitcher Sharley Miller, who was being rested after her win Wednesday over top-ranked Curry, did make a pinch-hit appearance and stroked a single off the bottom of the center field fence.
Maze had both of Jordan's hits and the lone RBI.
Hayden (29-4, 5-0 area) hosts Susan Moore on Friday and Corner on Monday. Jordan (19-14, 2-3 area) hosts a tri-series with Springville and Albertville next Tuesday.