AHSAA 5A Baseball playoff series (2nd round)
At West Point Stadium:
Mortimer Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 1 (27-13)
West Point 0 1 1 0 1 5 X - 8 (22-13)
WP: Matt McDonald
LP: Chas Austin
TIME OF GAME: 2:06
West Point 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 (22-14)
Mortimer Jordan 5 0 5 2 X - 12 (28-13)
WP: Dalton Hall
LP: Sam Breihn
TIME OF GAME: 1:27
FLASH NOTES: Pitching took center stage for both teams in their victory on Friday.
West Point had it in the opener as McDonald handcuffed Mortimer Jordan, yielding five hits in getting his second complete game victory in the postseason.
McDonald had support on two double plays that ended the third and fourth for the Blue Devils with nothing to show for as far as scoring was concerned.
Garrison McClerey lined to McDonald, who threw to Rylan Jones at first to get Chase Batchelor in completing a twin killer to end the third with West Point leading 1-0.
Then after the Warriors got a third inning run to make it 2-0, a double play on a line to Cameron Bates at second, who threw to Levi Allred covering the second base bag, shut off the Blue Devils' last true chance when the game was still tight at that time.
West Point used a five-run sixth inning that padded its advantage for McDonald. Whitt Laney singled in a run, scoring Bates, who led off with a double. A single by Allred drove home Will Cochran then Laney scored when the ball was mishandled in left field.
After Kolton Easterwood was retired on a pop out, McDonald uncorked a pitch off reliver Preston Jones over the right field fence for a two-run blast and an 8-0 advantage. McDonald was three for four in the opener, with two doubles, a home run and three runs batted in.
Mortimer Jordan pushed a run across in the seventh when McDonald hit Garek Hall with the bases loaded, forcing in Zack Prisoc. Prisco started the minor rally with a one-out single then got into scoring position on a base hit from pinch hitter Joseph Swann and Ian Ellerbrock safe on a fielder's choice.
McDonald regrouped and got McCleney to fly to Laney inn right field to end the opener at 7:08 p.m.
Besides McDonald producing three hits and three RBIs, Laney collected two singles and had a run batted in, Breihn singled two and drove home a run. West Point had four doubles in the game, two by McDonald, plus one from Rylan Jones and one by Bates.
The Warriors collected 12 hits in the first game.
Dalton Hall was solid for the Blue Devils in the nightcap, not allowing West Point a hit in five innings of work.
Hall got out of trouble in the first after hitting Allred to start the game and walking Breihn to put runners on. Hall fanned Jones to end the inning and was not touched for the next 11 batters.
Hall would retire the Warriors in order in the second, third and fourth inning before he began the fifth with a one-out walk to Bates. Two batters later, Hall completed the no-hitter and a shutout by striking out Allred, his eighth of the game at 9:10 p.m.
Hall helped himself with a run-scoring single in Mortimer Jordan's five-run first inning. Prisoc delivered a two-run double that allowed the Blue Devils to have a comfortable 5-0 cushion following the first.
Mortimer Jordan tallied five runs in the third as three hits accounted for three RBIs, with another scoring on a throwing error and another on a passed ball.
Hall finished up a good night at the plate with a two-run single in the fourth to extend the Blue Devil margin to 12-0.
Game 3 of the series is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with the winner to move on to the quarterfinals next weekend.
Photo of large crowd supporting West Point baseball Friday, courtesy of the Warrior News Network.