For a team whose defense has struggled a bit, one play made a world of difference for Mortimer Jordan.
A fly out to center fielder Josh Grooms turned into a double play, when Grooms fired a perfect throw to shortstop Mason Davis, who then threw to Jesse Stanley at third base to take Curry’s Dylan Harbin off the base paths.
That double play turned the momentum in the fifth inning, as the Blue Devils held on to defeat the Yellow Jackets 6-4 in the finals of the Jordan Spring Break Tournament on Thursday.
Curry had just come off a four-run fourth, roughing up Devils starter Skylar Myrick, who had gone through a horrific relief outing in a semifinal game against Dora hours earlier.
Myrick (4-1) got through the sixth with just a hit and an error, before running out of available innings and handing the ball over to Stanley to finish.
“That double play was great. We made it with a perfect catch and throw, and then a great tag. It cleared the bases for us,” Jordan coach Shayne Carnes said.
The Devils (15-9) took the early lead after Curry starter Tyler Bentley loaded the bases with three straight walks. Bentley was quickly replaced by Nathan Banks, who then threw a wild pitch to allow a run to score. Catcher Austin Nabors then smacked a single that brought home Davis and C.T. Wood.
Jordan got their other three runs in the third, when Taylor Williams drilled a double down the left field line to bring in Stanley and Hammock. Josh Grooms then singled to drive in Nabors, who reached base when hit by a pitch.
The Jackets mounted their rally in the fourth with four hits, including doubles by Nathan Banks and Cody King. Two of the runs scored on a pair of Devils errors, their only miscues of the game.
Jordan had only four hits, but the Curry pitching staff gave up seven walks, and hit three batsmen. They also committed three errors.
Curry 6, Hayden 3 (9 innings): In a semifinal game, Curry’s Payton McGinnins hit a run-scoring double, and then came home on a Wildcat error in the top of the ninth.
The Wildcats (6-8) took the early lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Dakota Stewart and Cameron Cooper, who himself scored in the fourth on an error by the Jackets.
Mario Jackson slammed a solo home run for Curry.
Mortimer Jordan 9, Dora 8: In the other semifinal, the Bulldogs shelled Jordan pitching for seven runs in the second inning, but Jesse Stanley came on in relief and shut Dora down the rest of the way.
The Devils tied the game in the fourth with Jamey Hammock’s three-run double, then took the lead the next inning when Trey Rogers scored on an error.
Stanley (4-1) went 5-2/3 innings and did not allow a hit, but did give up five walks, including three in a row in the fourth. But two of those runners were caught stealing.
Dora committed five errors.