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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



Pinson had shelled Jordan pitching for 13 hits, with Jordan going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Destin Davidson 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Zac Ray was 2-for-5 and drove home two runs, and Hunter Davidson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Davis, hitting in the ninth spot in the batting order for Jordan, was 2-for-4 for the game with a run scored.

Goodwin struck out six Tribe batters in 6.1 innings, while Crawford fanned two with two walks in 2.2 innings, as he got credit for the win for the Devils. Jordan took the loss, despite giving up just one hit in 4.1 innings.

Cranes was very happy with the effort from a team that he said isn't the most talented around. "But they're going to come out an compete, and hustle down the line, and we'll try to do every little thing to get an advantage - good, bad or indifferent. If we make a bunch of errors in the field, then we have to hit our way out of it... Our kids come to play, and that's all I can ask"

For Chappell's team, the sweep ended a season that saw Pinson (20-18) briefly ranked in the statewide top 10 in Class 5A.

"That first game was such a momentum swing, up and down," Chappell said. "After the eighth inning, I told my coaches that I felt like whoever won that first game was going to sweep. They [Jordan] got momentum on their side, and then when you have a guy on the mound that kind of pitches out of himself, that's tough to overcome."

Jordan (33-12) moves on to the second round, where they will face Walker, who swept Springville by scores of 2-1 and 1-0 on Friday. The Vikings finished second in Area 12 to the Devils, with Jordan taking two out of three games in March.

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