MONTGOMERY—Mortimer Jordan has put together two straight wins in the Class 5A State Softball Tournament losers’ bracket after falling to No. 4 Rehobeth 7-0 in the tournament opener on Thursday. The fifth-ranked Blue Devils beat Sardis 5-1 in their second game on Thursday and returned to Lagoon Park for a 5-0 victory over No. 6 Ardmore Friday morning. Those wins pair Mortimer Jordan (38-15) with the winner of Rehobeth-Shelby County at 4:45 p.m. on Friday for a slot in the 5A semifinals.
Mortimer Jordan 5, Sardis 1
• Brooke Nash: two hits, two RBIs, two walks
• Mikayla McCain: two hits, two RBIs
• Danilyn Moore: two hits, one RBI
• Madi Maze: 3 2/3 innings pitched, two hits and no runs allowed
• Katelyn Holcombe: 3 1/3 innings pitched, one run allowed on four hits
Mortimer Jordan 5, Ardmore 0
Left fielder Maia Townsend squared up her first-ever home run, Madi Maze pitched a one-hit shutout and Mortimer Jordan advanced through the Class 5A losers’ bracket with a 5-0 win over Ardmore.
Townsend, a freshman, went 3 for 4 against the Tigers with a single, a solo home run and an RBI double. Junior Danilyn Moore also homered for the Blue Devils and finished 2 for 3.
Mortimer Jordan’s first run scored in the top of the second inning when third baseman Anna Purvis lined one into left field. The hard-hit ball skipped past a diving effort and rolled to the fence while Purvis galloped all the way around for an inside-the-park home run.
The Blue Devils led 1-0 and that would be all Maze needed. She held the Tigers to a 1-for-19 outing at the plate. The lone hit was a soft lob into short-right field in the bottom of the seventh. Maze struck out nine batters after recording 15 strikeouts against Rehobeth less than 24 hours earlier.
Maze fanned her ninth batter in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded.