Jimmy Turner doesn’t believe many high school students can survive the lifestyle of Jordan Corbitt.
Corbitt stars on the mound for the Vikings, performs well above average at a school that certainly isn’t a cakewalk and manages to put in significant hours a week as a part-time employee at the Kroger on Forsyth Road.
“I know I couldn’t do all that, especially not successfully,” the FPD head baseball coach said.
Corbitt was certainly working hard on Friday night, tossing a three-hit gem and added three RBI at the plate in the Vikings’ 8-1 home win over Westfield in the opening game of the best-of-three series in the second round of the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
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FPD (23-3) will host Westfield (18-9) in Game 2 at 1 p.m. today.
Corbitt no-hit the Hornets for 4-1/3 innings before giving up an infield single in the top of the fifth inning. He had faced the minimum through five innings before giving up two base hits in the sixth inning. The Hornets would score an unearned run on a throwing error in that inning, and Turner pulled Corbitt after the inning on a muggy night. He struck out seven in the game.
“I thought I hit my spots well, had the fastball moving,” said Corbitt, who doesn’t leave Kroger until as late as 11 p.m. some nights through the week. “I was comfortable working inside and outside. Coach Turner called a great game for me.”
Corbitt looked strong from the start by striking out three of the first six hitters he faced. He gave himself all the offense he needed with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the second.
“That really took some pressure off,” Corbitt said. “It’s a lot easier to pitch with a lead.”
The Vikings broke the game wide open in the fourth inning when their first three hitters of the inning reached base on Westfield errors. The Hornets eventually committed four errors in the inning that led to three FPD runs and a 6-0 lead. Another costly error in the fifth inning helped FPD score two more runs.
“We couldn’t get comfortable because Westfield has guys who can hit it out of the park,” Turner said. “We always stayed focused.”