Jordan fans 16 in National’s loss

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 8, 2001

Sports Writer

Troy National Tournament team pitcher Chad Jordan tossed a complete game, one-hitter Saturday, striking out 16 batters in the first round of Dixie Youth Sub-District play.

But the one hit proved to be the game-winner as three Abbeville pitchers also combined for a one-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Troy at the Troy Sportsplex.

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"It’s hard not to be disappointed at this time, but I have to say I am proud of the way the kids played," Troy head coach Mark Motes.

Jordan walked four and hit a batter as Jess McCoy, OJ Wiggins and Drew Pritchford out-dueled Jordan, allowing only three base runners during the contest. Wiggins supplied the heroics offensively as well, coming up with the only Abbeville hit of the game, an RBI bloop single that scored Cody Odom in the fourth. Abbeville squandered an opportunity to extend the lead as Jordan struck out Garrett Richardson with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

Jordan set the tone early, fanning two in the first and finishing the game striking out the side in four of the next five innings.

But the Abbeville pitching staff was just as effective. Troy struggled to find a rhythm offensively, with the best chance to score coming in the first inning against McCoy.

Jacob Halse walked with two outs and Foster Styron followed with a single. But Halse was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning. McCoy, Wiggins and Pritchford combined to retire 15 of the next 16 hitters as Troy could not generate another scoring opportunity.

"We didn’t hit the ball as well as I had hoped, but our pitching, as I said, would be the strength of our team and our pitching was there, we just did not get the job done hitting the ball," Motes said.

With the loss, Troy falls into the loser’s bracket where it will face the winner of the Newton-Brundidge game Monday at 6:00.

But with three wins, Troy could find itself in the championship game, possibly against the same Abbeville team.

"We are not out of this, we are not giving up and we will be here Monday ready to play," Motes said. "I still like our chances. I think that we can play with anybody here. Tonight we didn’t get it done, but I hope Monday night our bats come alive and a few hits can make us look like a lot better team."