Yes, it was a win, but Hayden baseball coach Kim Hargett wasn’t terribly thrilled.
Five errors had something to do with his mood.
“That game should’ve never been that close,” Hargett said of the Wildcats’ 4-3 squeaker Monday over Dora in the first day’s play at the Mortimer Jordan Spring Break Tournament.
“That [defense] was supposed to be our strong suit this year,” Hargett said. “Now we’re thinking about it too much. We’ve gotten it in our head, and we’re struggling.”
Hayden scored all of its runs in the first two innings, helped in part by several Bulldog errors as well.
Trey Todd’s single drove in lead-off hitter Jared Hargett for the Cat’s first score. Then in the second inning, Hargett reached base on an error that brought home Troy Fines as well as starting pitcher Will Scott, who was also on thanks to a Dora miscue.
Seth Gardner scored what proved to be the winning run in the third when he walked, moved up a base on another Bulldog error, and then came in on Ethan Hayes’ single.
Dora scored twice in the third, thanks in part to two Hayden errors, but left the bases loaded. Scott escaped the fifth with only a run when Dalton Bahrik led off with a double. But with the bases loaded Scott picked off a runner at first, then induced a long fly to right field.
Gardener was 3-for-3 with a double. Hargett was 2-for-3.
Mortimer Jordan 13, Dora 3 (5 innings): In Monday’s first game, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, but Blue Devils pitcher Austin Nabors settled down after that, getting out nine of the last 10 batters with only one walk.
Nabors finished with 11 strikeouts, allowing just three hits, all in the second.
Meanwhile, third baseman Jesse Stanley continued with his hot bat, sending a three-run homer (sixth of the season) sailing over the left field fence. He also hit a two-run single in the fifth for five RBIs in the game.
Nabors was 2-for-3 with a double. Skylar Myrick was 2-for-4 with a double, and Braden Glass was 2-for-3.
Curry 7, Hayden 5: In Tuesday action, the Yellow Jackets took the lead in the sixth, breaking a 4-4 tie with an RBI double by Dylan Harbin, was then brought in on a hit by Nick Freeman. Freeman scored when his brother Jacob hit into a Hayden error.
Dakota Stewart brought in Isaac Veitch on a sacrifice fly in the last inning, but the Wildcats’ rally fizzled out from there.
After conceding two runs to Curry in each of the first two innings, Hayden came back with a four-run rally in the bottom of the second to tie the game, with runs being scored on an error, a hit batsman and a walk.
Starter Seth Gardner took the loss for Hayden.
Wednesday’s action sees Curry taking on Dora at noon, followed by Curry and Jordan at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinal games are at 12:30 and 3:00, with the championship at 5:30.