Legion ball: Inman's Edney tosses gem, blanks Gaffney
INMAN — As if he hadn't done enough work on the mound already, Inman pitcher Jordan Edney was back on it with a rake as part of the postgame grounds crew.
Edney tossed a complete-game shutout Monday night, June 15 as Post 45 beat Gaffney, 5-0, at Jim Everhart Field to get within a half game of Union for first place in League Six. Inman (9-2) plays Union (9-1) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Timken Sports Complex.
“Jordan gave us exactly what we needed tonight,” Inman head coach Steve Skinner said. “He shut the door on them. He had command from the first pitch on.”
Edney, who recently graduated from Spartanburg Christian Academy, allowed four hits — all singles and only one through five innings — while walking two and striking out 10. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded threat in the fourth and another in the sixth, when Gaffney had three on and one out before being denied.
“With the bases loaded, you can't think about runners being out there,” Edney said. “You just have to go after the batter and think about him and let the defense play behind you.”
Half of Gaffney's hits on the night came back-to-back after a walk with one out in the sixth, down by four runs. But Edney needed just six pitches to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a grounder.
“Hats off to that lefty,” Gaffney head coach Terry Wright said. “He threw a real good game. A guy like that who throws curve balls for strikes and change-ups for strikes and then fastballs for strikes and mixes them together is real effective.”