Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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May 7, 2014

Wild West shutout

May 7, 2014 — The West Carter baseball team is partying like it’s 1995.

Ben Jordan brought the party favors as he scattered four hits over five innings while striking out six as the Comets swept the Raiders in the regular season with a 3-0 win in Olive Hill.

“It feels good to sweep our crosstown rivals,” Jordan said. “But they’re a good solid team. We knew we had to play well to get this win and fortunately we did.”

Jordan, who uses three pitches: a fastball, curve ball and changeup, really put East Carter (12-13) in a tough hole. At one point, he retired nine of the 11 batters he faced from the second through the fourth innings.

“He was wicked,” West Carter Coach Tim Johnson said. “He located his fastball for strikes and an unhittable changeup behind that. He got hitters off balance and he wore them out at the plate.”

The Comet offense gave Jordan enough cushion in the first inning. Back-to-back singles by JT Johnson and Kaden Rose, a walk to Jordan allowed Spencer Phillips to rope a single to left for an RBI. Two batters later, Chase Hanshaw had a base hit to centerfield to score Trey Greenhill.

With Jordan dealing on the mound, East Carter’s best chance to put runs up on the board came in the top of the fifth inning. Singles by Jacob Perkins and Cole Brammer and a wild pitch put both of them in scoring position. But Jordan got Zack Cathey to groundout to end the threat.

“That was the spot where we had to score,” East Carter Coach Jeremiah Shearer said. “Two runners on and our leadoff hitter was up and we couldn’t get them in. That’s baseball and it’s a situation where we wanted to get a run or two across and make them play with some pressure but it just didn’t happen.”

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