Rabun County silenced Jordan's bats as the Wildcats limited the Red Jackets to seven hits combined in both games of the doubleheader and swept Jordan, 6-3 and 7-0 Friday in the first round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs.
"They did what they were supposed to do and that was the difference," Jordan coach Tony Dimitri said after the game. "We had one bad inning in the first game and in the second game they got some big two-out hits that made the difference."
"And we just did not hit the ball. When you get in the playoffs, you see better pitching and better ball clubs. This was the first time in 21 years that Jordan has hosted any baseball playoffs and we want to build on that."
Rabun was opportunistic in the first game and struck for six runs in the third inning. The Wildcats amassed only seven hits but six of those were in that one inning.
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The big hits were Eli Gipson's two-run double and pitcher Jesse Rentz's two-run single. Alden Scott also knocked in a run and another run scored on a wild throw from the outfield.
Other than that, Jordan starter Aramis Armstrong gave up a single in the sixth, but that third inning handed the Red Jacket starter his third loss in 11 decisions.
Meanwhile, Rentz was pitching a gem as he threw 120 total pitches and went the complete seven innings for his fifth win. He struck out 13.
The Red Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the first when Austin Baker, who singled, scored on a passed ball. Chance McKinnon doubled in a run in the fourth and pinch-runner Kyle Hickman also scored on a wild pitch in the sixth. That would be Jordan's last score of the day.
In the second game, Scott went to the mound for the Wildcats and with multiple off-speed pitches kept the Jackets at bay, giving up only three hits. The Red Jackets had runners in scoring position in the first and fourth but could not punch a run across.
Meanwhile, it was steady hitting for Rabun County as its scored in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings. Jordan had miscues in the field and had four errors, so only two of the seven runs counted as earned.
Gipson had the big hits for the Wildcats as he was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and Jacob Sego had a two-run triple in the second.
Friday at Jordan
Rabun County 006 000 0--6 7 2
Jordan 100 101 0--3 4 3
WP-Jesse Rentz (5-3). LP-Aramis Armstrong (8-3). LH-RC-Stetson Scott 2-3, Eli Gipson 1-4, 2B 2 RBI. J- Blake Jerez 1-2 2B, Chance McKinnon 1-3 2B, RBI
Jordan 000 000 0--0 3 4
Rabun County 120 130 x--7 11 0
WP-Stetson Scott (5-2). LP-Calob Broadwell (5-2). LH-RC-Eli Gipson 3-4, RBI, Jacob Sego 2-3 3B, 2 RBI, Clint Scott 2-3 RBI. J-Chance McKinnon 1-2. Records-Rabun County 18-7, Jordan 20-9. Next: Rabun County, Wednesday vs. either Westminster or Model. Jordan, season over.