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Maize baseball sweeps Derby

Published April 18 at 8:43 p.m. | Last updated April 18 at 8:44 p.m.

With a lineup composed entirely of seniors, Maize’s baseball team was ready to make an impression on senior night.

Every Maize starter had at least one hit in the Eagles’ 11-1 win over Derby in the first game on a doubleheader Tuesday night.

Maize won the second game 4-1.

“Anytime we can win at home is great,” Maize coach Rocky Helm said. “Our whole goal is to try to get better as we move on each time. Pitching well, playing defense well, get timely hitting and trying to put all three of those things together every time out.”

Maize (9-1) took advantage of a Derby error and scored two runs in the second inning of the opener. The Eagles added four more in the third, with a ground rule double from Jake Taylor and a home run by Hunter LaMunyon the big hits in the inning.

“(LaMunyon) does a really good job of plate disciplinewise and not expanding his zone,” Helm said. “He’s trying to put a good swing on the ball throughout the at-bat. That’s kind of his goal.”

Derby loaded the bases in the fifth with two base hits and a hit batter. A base hit to right field from Tanner Igo scored one run, but Maize’s John Short forced a lineout and a groundout to prevent any further damage.

Short pitched a complete game, allowing four hits.

“They could’ve thrown anybody. Right now, we’re horrible at the plate,” Derby coach Todd Olmstead said. “(Short) is really good, but they could’ve thrown anybody and we still wouldn’t have put the ball in play.”

The Eagles ended the game by scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jake Shields’ second single sent three runs home Derby (3-3) threw two wild pitches that allowed Maize to score its final two runs.

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W: Short. L — Ta. Olmstead.

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W: Doerlinger. L — Nethercot. S: Taylor.

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