Lady Cards beat Polk in softball team?s first matchup

Published 11:07 am Friday, March 28, 2008

And thanks to two Jordans, the Lady Cardinals wrote the first chapter with a 9-1 victory on Wednesday night.

The Lady Cardinals relied heavily on Jordan Farmer&squo;s arm. The eighth grader and No. 1 pitcher this season for Landrum pitched seven innings, striking out 11 batters.

&dquo;The difference tonight was their pitcher basically dominated this ballgame,&dquo; Polk coach Jeff Wilson said. &dquo;If she gives you a solid outing like that, there aren&squo;t many balls put in play and not many balls to score on.&dquo;

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But Farmer was just one Jordan that delivered for the Lady Cardinals.

Shortstop Jordan Corn delivered from the batter&squo;s box.

Polk pitcher Haley McCool struck out the first two Landrum batters she faced and had a 1-2 count against Corn.

The next pitch, however, Corn hit out of the park.

&dquo;It felt really good (to hit the homerun),&dquo; Corn said. &dquo;It got us up early and started the rally.&dquo;

Farmer followed Corn and reached base on an error. She later scored the second run of the inning on an error.

Landrum&squo;s big inning came&bsp; in the second. Brittany Mahler started the inning off with a single. Kansas Wofford reached base next on an error.

Two batters later, Corn came through again with an RBI double. Farmer followed and was hit by a pitch. Karla Pitts and Nicole Burrell walked.

When the dust settled, the Lady Cardinals had five runs in the second inning. Landrum added two runs in the third inning, but were shut out the rest of the way.

Polk&squo;s lone run came in the sixth inning. Kayla Byrd started the inning with a double. Denise Edwards followed with a single. And then Byrd scored on an error.

&dquo;It was a good game,&dquo; Landrum coach Matt McDaniels said. &dquo;It&squo;s always fun to play Polk County in any sport.&dquo;