LIMA – Bath’s Eric Jordan isn’t going to blow away too many opposing hitters with his fastball.
But he will keep them guessing with his off-speed pitches.
In Friday’s winner’s bracket ACME game against Shawnee, Jordan kept batters off-balance, tossing a three-hit 1-0 shutout against the Indians at Lima Central Catholic’s Players Field,
With the victory, Bath (11-3) will advance to Sunday’s district championship game at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field at 1 p.m. Bath will await the team that comes out of today’s loser’s bracket, which will take place at Elida.
The team that wins the district title will advance to the state ACME tournament, which will take place at Coldwater’s Memorial Park, July 20-27.
Shawnee (15-4), which has one loss in the double-elimination tournament, will continue play today at 1:30 p.m. at Elida.
On Friday, Jordan struck out eight and walked two. He threw a total of 95 pitches in his complete-game effort.
“He got ahead in the count and we made plays in the field for him,” Bath coach Matt Loudon said. “He’s got a rubber arm. I think the last game he pitched he threw a 100-and-some pitches for us. We were going to let him go the whole way (on Friday), probably. He hits his spots pretty consistently.”
Jordan had plenty of defensive support behind him on Friday.
“I just tried to pitch to contact and my defense played great for me,” Jordan said. “I try to throw a lot of strikes and get ahead, so I can throw my off-speed pitches. I like to keep the guys off-balance.”
Shawnee received a solid pitching performance from Austin Brachok. Brachok scattered five hits, while striking out three. He threw just 55 pitches in his six innings of work.
Bath’s lone run came in the second inning.
After back-to-back hits by Hayden Atkins and Cam Jenkins, Blake McGue hit a ground ball to second base which brought Atkins in to score to make it 1-0.
For the game, Tyler Stahr and Jenkins led Bath at the plate, each getting two hits.
Tobie Azeez led Shawnee, offensively, getting two of his team’s three hits on the night.
“We just couldn’t get anything past second base,” Shawnee coach Tim Morgan said. “(Our) pitching was awesome and the defense did pretty darn good. We just couldn’t get the hits.”
Loudon is hopeful his team can pick it up, offensively, on Sunday.
“We would like to get more hits, but we won it defensively, today," Loudon said. "So, we’ll take a 1-0 win when we can get it,” he said.
Added Morgan, “At this point, (we need to) just regroup, come back out and try to hit it again.”