MAIZE—It’s one of the rare plays no one wants to have happen to them, let alone when it decides a ball game.
Augusta’s baseball team was tied with Maize South, a one-loss team so far this season, going into the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Maize South pulled a squeeze play out of its playbook and executed it perfectly to score a walk-off run for a 5-4 win.
“It was a perfect bunt, and we just weren’t fast enough to get to it,” coach Doug Jefferson said.
The Mavericks had a runner on first base when the Orioles made an error while trying to pick him off. The runner ended up at third base. The Orioles later threw a walk to load the bases and try to get a force out or even a double play to end the inning, but Maize South made the play that decided the game.
The Orioles’ defense, which had been stellar thus far this season, had five errors in the game, though Maize South had five errors as well.
“Most of our errors in the outfield tonight, so I?was surprised,” Jefferson said.
In Game 1 against Hays, the Orioles committed a couple of errors behind Logan Hiser. One error allowed Hays to score two runs in the sixth inning as Hays went on to win 7-4.
Hiser finished with four strikeouts while allowing three walks and six hits in four innings. Michael Albright had two strikeouts, three walks and allowed a run in 2 1/3. Connor Hurst had a strikeout and a walk and gave up one hit in the final 2/3 innings on the mound.
Joe Cannady and Hurst both had a double. Augusta had seven hits to Hays’ 10.