Patience pays off for Maize South
AUGUSTA Maize South softball coach Teri Larson urged her hitters to be patient Monday night against Augusta pitcher Sidney Dey. Between each inning she noted that Augusta was picking their pitches well, and that’s what the Mavericks needed to do.
Instead, the Mavs were swinging at pitches they usually ignore, some even at eye level.
“We were going for stuff, why I don’t know,” Larson said. “I think because it looks easier. I don’t know. We’re a good offensive team, and I didn’t panic, just said, ‘come on you guys, believe you can do this,’ and they did.”
While Dey held Maize South in check for the first five innings of the opening game of the doubleheader, the Mavericks rallied for eight runs in the final two innings, including six in the seventh, for the 8-3 victory.
It was Maize South’s third come-from-behind victory. Maize South improved to 8-0 with an 8-0 win over Augusta in the second game.
There was no panic mode from pitcher Kelsey Sterneker in the first game.
“I always have faith in my team,” she said. “… We played awesome defense. Maty (McKay) caught an awesome game and I had some really nice plays in the infield and the outfield.”
Still, Maize South needed to find its offense.
“I think we were in a little funk,” McKay said. “No one was on the ball. All our timing was off. We couldn’t do the easy stuff, like lay down bunts and get stuff started. And then we got a few big hits that kind of opened the floodgates.”
With Augusta leading 3-0 in Game 1, Maize South had two outs with runners on second and third in the top of the sixth. McKay took an 0-1 pitch up the middle, scoring two runs.
“The umpire had a really tight strike zone,” McKay said. “We had to be patient, really get our timing down on the ball and then we opened up and started ripping it.”
In the seventh, still trailing 3-2, the Mavs had two runners on when Macy Allred hit a liner to the right-field wall, scoring two runs for the one-run lead. Taylor Mannis followed with an RBI single, then Jody Larson had an RBI single as did McKay. Sterneker capped the six-run inning with a liner to the center field wall.
“We had a lot of good hits,” McKay said. “A lot of hits to the gaps. Everyone contributed. We had pinch runners going in and smart base running, which really helped us.
“… We’d all seen (Dey) a couple times, which obviously helped. She had good movement, but e started getting on it and ripping it.”
In the second game, McKay’s fifth-inning RBI double scored Mannis, who had hit a leadoff triple, for the 3-0 lead. Mannis had a triple in the sixth inning, scoring two runs on her hit to right.
|Maize South||000||002||6||—||8 11 1|
|Augusta||002||010||0||—||3 4 0|
WP– Sterneker. LP– Dey.
|Maize South||011||014||1||—||8 14 2|
|Augusta||000||000||0||—||0 5 3|
WP– Sterneker. LP– Eberhardt.