Mavericks defeat Tri-County at homeBy CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,
The Manchester Academy Mavericks were victorious in a rematch last week against Tri-County Academy.
It was a pretty close game,” said Mavericks head coach Kyle Wever. “It was back and forth the whole game but we stared adversity in the face and we handled business."
Both teams scored one run in the first inning, locking the score at 1-1. Things started heating up in the third inning of the game.
"In the top of the third inning they went ahead 3-1," Wever said. "And then we scored three runs the bottom of the third to get ahead 4-3."
There were no changes to the board in the fourth inning, but a home run for Tri-County tied up the game 4-4 in the fifth. The Mavericks stepped up their game in the fifth inning with big hits to score two runs at the end, winning the game 6-4 over the Rebels.
Ty Kilpatrick was credited with the win after pitching a complete game for the Mavericks.
"He had an outstanding performance on the mound," Wever said. "He only gave up eight hits, struck out six, and only walked one."
Offensively the Mavericks had nine hits from players all through the line up, including Parks Poe, Jon Riley Poe, Connor Stevens, Cade Potter, Dylan Dendy, Blake Coghlan, and Landon Lowery.
Wever said that the Mavericks came into the game ready to take on Tri-County, after falling to Rebels in a previous game 15-6.
"We knew we had to throw strikes and had to make plays behind the pitcher," he said. "Our bats have been looking good all season and that didn't change. We still hit the ball well and we made a lot of good plays on defense, and that is something we haven't seen in the last couple of games."
On defense Dylan Dendy stood out on third base with five put outs, and Cade Potter assisted the team by making good plays on first base.
"It's good team chemistry there with Cade and Dylan," Wever said. "And Cade does whatever he has to do to make an out."
The Mavericks improved to 5-3 for the season and 3-1 in conference play.