Prep Softball: No. 1 Curry routs No. 5 Mortimer Jordan
by Johnathan Bentley
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Curry’s Ashlee Swindle throws a pitch against Mortimer Jordan during their area game on Tuesday. Swindle allowed six hits and struck out eight in the Yellow Jackets’ 12-4 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Curry’s Ashlee Swindle throws a pitch against Mortimer Jordan during their area game on Tuesday. Swindle allowed six hits and struck out eight in the Yellow Jackets’ 12-4 win. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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CURRY — Mortimer Jordan jumped on top-ranked Curry with a three-run second inning on Tuesday.

Then the Yellow Jackets replied.

Curry scored 11 runs over a three-inning stretch and blasted No. 5 Mortimer Jordan 12-4 at Curry High School.

Haleigh Lane got the Jackets rolling with a home run to lead off the fourth inning. Curry didn’t let up the rest of the way, taking control of the game with a four-run fourth. The team added three more runs in the  fifth and four in the sixth.

Lane finished a triple short of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, three runs scored and four RBIs.

Ashlee Swindle earned the victory, allowing four runs — one earned — on six hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Curry (25-4 overall, 1-0 in 5A, Area 12) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a Kaylee Horton leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly by Emily Aaron.

Mortimer Jordan countered with three unearned runs in the second. The Yellow Jackets made a pair of errors in the inning and Jessica Hill made them pay with a two-run triple. Hill later scored on an error to put the Blue Devils up 3-1.

It was all Curry from there.

Lane hit a bomb over the left field fence to open the fourth. Shannon Rowe narrowly missed a home run herself, following Lane with a double. Shauna Rowe had a one-out bloop single and Katie Justice put Curry up for good with a two-run double to make the score 4-3. Justice scored on a wild pitch to give Curry a 5-3 advantage.

In the fifth, Ella Banks walked and Aaron reached on an error to start the inning. Lane, Shannan Rowe and Courtney Howze each had RBIs to put the Jackets up 8-3. Aaron and Shannan Rowe had RBI singles in the sixth while Lane added an RBI double for a 12-4 advantage.

At the plate, Shannan Rowe was 3 for 4 with a double, a run and two RBIs, Horton was 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored, Justice was 1 for 3 with a double, a run and two RBIs, Aaron was 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Swindle was 1 for 3 with a double and Banks scored two runs.

Mortimer Jordan’s Bailey Murphy took the loss, allowing  five earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Natalie Johnsey went the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs — two earned — on four hits.

Curry plays at Chelsea starting at 5 p.m. Thursday.