Mavericks ride pitching to victory
By TAYLOR MITCHELL
It was a cold, dark and bitter night Monday between Benton and Manchester Academies. That was the type of pitcher senior Demarcus Mahone transformed into in the final inning of opening night. Mahone struck out the first two Raiders and forced an easy groundout to give Manchester the 6-2 victory.
“It’s always good to go out and win your first game,” Manchester head coach A.J. Downs said. “It was a big game for the kids and it’ll also build some momentum for us. We’re just going to take it one game at a time and try to build a winning streak.”
Mahone shined bright in his first game wearing the green and white, pitching four innings and giving up just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts. Fellow senior Ben Fouche, who notched the win for the Mavs, started the first three innings on the mound, recording five strikeouts, four walks, two hits and two runs allowed.
“They did okay,” Downs said. “It was the first game, so there were some nerves, some adrenaline, but they were able to settle in and hopefully we can build on it.”
Jason Berry got the start for Benton and was able to hold Manchester scoreless while giving up three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. However, it was the pitches Berry didn’t make that gave the Mavericks the lead.
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