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April 19, 2014

Class 5A baseball playoffs: Mortimer Jordan sweeps Pinson Valley, 7-6 (9 innings) and 7-0

Nathan Stover flirts with perfection in series clincher



The Devils added two more runs in the fifth on run-scoring doubles from Davis and DH Brandon Couch, who was 2-for-4 for the game.

In the opening contest, the Indians started out strong, scoring single runs in each of the first three innings off Jordan starter Goodwin. Then the momentum swung the other way, as the Devils took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third. Walker McCleney hit a triple off the bottom of the center field fence to score Folse, and McCleney crossed the plate when Stover doubled.

After moving to third on a wild pitch, Stover scored off a Crawford base hit. Crawford came in with the go-ahead run thanks to a hit by Garrett Davis.

Jordan scored two more in the fourth when Stover tripled, bringing home Hudson and Davis.

Pinson tied the game in the seventh when they smacked four straight hits after Hodge reached base on an error. A hit by Destin Davidson was followed by a double from Ray that scored Hodge, followed by RBI singles from Destin Davidson and Jordan.

The Indians had a chance to take the lead with two out in the eighth, with Hodge at third base and Destin Davidson at first thanks to back-to-back walks from Crawford. Chappell sent Davidson halfway to second as a decoy, trying to lure the the throw and let Hodge dash home behind — a play Chappell's used successfully in that situation several times before. But Davidson was tagged out trying to get back to first a fraction of a second before Hodge reached the plate, and the umpire waved off the run.

The Devils' winning run was set up by a lead-off hit by Davis, who was put out at third when McCleney hit into a fielder's choice. Stover then got on via an error on a grounder to first, sending McCleney to third. After Crawford was intentionally walked to load the bases, McCleney scored when reliever Brett Jordan's pitch went to the backstop.

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