AHSAA Class 5A Baseball playoff series
At West Point Stadium:
Mortimer Jordan 0 0 3 0 4 2 4 - 13 (29-13)
West Point 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 - 5 (22-15)
WP: Ian Ellerbrock
LP: Aubrey Cleghorn
TIME OF GAME: 2:35
FLASH NOTES: A four-run deficit after two innings showed no signs of panic for Mortimer Jordan in the finale with West Point Saturday afternoon.
Being patient and taking advantage of situations, the Blue Devils climbed back into contention and couldn't be slowed down in the final three innings when they tallied 10 runs and eight hits.
West Point looked good with the 4-0 lead, scoring in the first on a Rylan Jones single that drove home Levi Allred who led off with a single.
Control problems by MJ pitcher Joseph Swann in the second enabled the Warriors to up the margin to 4-0. Three walks to Allred, Kolton Easterwood and Matt McDonald forced home runs with the bases loaded. The Warriors were unable to continue with the productive inning ad Jacob Harris robbed Sam Breihn of a base hit with a diving catch at second and a fly out by Hunter Persall to left ended the inning.
Taking advantage of an opportunity, Mortimer Jordan kept the third alive when Will Allman drew a walk with two outs. That brought up Dalton Hall who slapped an Easterwood pitch deep over the left field fence for a home run as the score was now West Point 4-3.
The Warriors added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Bates, scoring Briehn who singled. This was against Ellerbrock, the third pitcher used in the game by Ble Devil coach Shayne Carnes.
That was the last run for the Warriors on the day. Ellerbrock gave up two hits in the fifth on a double by Easterwood and a single from Breihn. But Ellerbrock roared back and retired Jones on a ground ball to first that ended the fifth with West Point hitless in the final two innings.
Ellerbrock retired the last seven he faced. West Point was unable to take advantage of runners on base and in scoring position, leaving a dozen on during the two-hour, 35-minute affair.
Mortimer Jordan prevailed on West Point mistakes with the Warriors committing five errors, two in a four-run fifth inning that pushed them on top by the score of 7-5.
They kept adding and adding in the final two frames with six runs coming across, keyed by five hits and two more errors on inaccurate throws by the West Point defense.
Seth Ward's Warriors had a very good 2018 with 22 wins in 37 games. The Warriors had a six-game winning streak that ended in a 12-0 loss to the Blue Devils Friday night to force the tiebreaker on Saturday.
Breih had a good playoff series, leading the Warriors with a .533 average, getting eight hits in 15 plate appearances. Allred batted .333 in five playoff games, McDonald .294, Jones. 363 and Whitt Laney .363.
As a team, West Point hit .296 in the playoffs, 37 out of 125 with 24 runs batted in.
Mortimer Jordan moves on to the quarterfinals to face Brooks at home next weekend.
Levi Allred looks to get a base hit in the 3rd inning of Saturday's playoff game.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton