Mavs give rival Cuthbertson first loss
The 6.5 mile stretch of road between 6-year-old Marvin Ridge High and 4-year-old rival Cuthbertson High is saturated with talented baseball players.
Both programs won their conference championships last year, and neither can stand the thought of losing to the other in anything — especially baseball.
Marvin Ridge has earned the bragging rights for now after Thursday's 4-2 home win over the Cavaliers.
The Mavericks, now 4-2, scored two runs in each of the first two innings on the strength of three doubles.
Jacob Henderson led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on Derek Smith's single. Smith later scored from third base on a passed ball to give MR a 2-0 heading into the second.
Brett Beamersderfer led off the Cavs' second inning with a walk and eventually came around to score on an error to pull CHS within 2-1.
But the Mavericks responded with two more runs in the bottom half of the second inning.
Kyle Corgan doubled to left-center and Ben Peterson knocked him in with a double to left field for a 3-1 lead. Jason Curtis then drove in Peterson with a single that put the Mavs ahead 4-1.
The Cavs got on the board in the third when Drake Zupcic drew a leadoff walk and eventually scored on an infield error, but they could get no closer.
Hunter Colonna got the win on the mound for Marvin Ridge, allowing one unearned run in two innings of work.
Mavs coach Mark Mennitt praised the four pitchers he used.
"I was so proud of Hunter Colonna, Jake Sagmoe, Conner Murphy and Zach Kuchmaner going in and getting the last two outs," Mennitt said. "It just says something about their character because they haven't gotten on the field a whole lot and they come out and were ready when they got called on.
Cuthbertson fell to 3-1 on the year.