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Publish Date: 9/14/2005

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Erie High School pitcher Holly Jordan, right, high-fives teammates Britt Madrid, left, and Axie Estrada, center, following Tuesday’s shutout of rival Frederick. Jordan allowed two hits over seven innings for the complete-game victory.Times-Call/Jason P. Smith

Steel nerves
Erie’s Jordan pitches out of jam, shuts out Frederick


FREDERICK — Had she been facing any other opponent, Erie High School pitcher Holly Jordan would have still felt a little nervous in the first inning. After all, she said, she usually does.

But with Tuesday’s opponent being Frederick, which Jordan called Erie’s biggest rival, she said those nerves intensified when she went to work.

She got over them quickly.

Jordan threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Erie beat Frederick, 5-0. Frederick hasn’t defeated Erie in softball since 1995, and the streak seems to have taken on a life of its own.

“It’s not so much on their minds,” Frederick coach Roger DuFour said about his players, “but it’s definitely on my mind.”

Jordan, who pitched Erie past Frederick to the state title in the 2004

tournament, walked Frederick’s Xavi Elliott and hit Lindsey Witty with one out in the first. Angela Posey sacrificed the runners to second and third, but Jordan struck out Lauren Hofmann to end the threat.

Frederick did not threaten again.

“Usually I have really bad first innings,” Jordan explained. “I just get a little nervous and plus, it’s Frederick, our rival, so I got really nervous in the first inning. But after that I got a feel for the game and it was all downhill from there.

“They haven’t beaten us in 10 years and we didn’t want to let that go.”

After the first, Frederick did not advance a runner past second. Jordan retired the final nine hitters she faced.

Erie (7-4, 3-0 Patriot League) helped to soothe Jordan’s nerves with its offense.

Sam Welch singled in a run in the second to make it 1-0. In the third, Frederick scored three times to take a comfortable lead. Tyne Willert and Britt Madrid delivered RBI singles, and Erie benefited when Frederick dropped two flyballs.

DuFour said his hitters had confidence and fared better Tuesday than they did the last time they faced Jordan. He pointed to Frederick’s strikeouts against Jordan — six Tuesday compared with 14 last fall in the state tournament — as evidence.

“Throw that one inning out of that game and it’s a 2-0 game, which is right where we need to be with them,” DuFour said.

Frederick is 1-7, 0-3. Pitcher Xavi Elliott allowed five runs, only two were earned.

While Jordan said the streak caused some of her anxiety, Erie coach Bob Bledsoe said he did not mention it to his team or dwell on anything other than winning a league game. That, he said, was what made Tuesday’s win important.

“That was the only thing we talked about,” Bledsoe said.

“We have nine league games left and that’s one of our higher priorities is to do well in the league to get ourselves seeded properly going into regionals.”

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