Mavs face WHS in fourth round after 9-1 home win
It's no surprise archrivals Marvin Ridge High and Weddington are meeting on the diamond in the 3A state quarterfinals.
The Warriors (20-9) are the defending state champions, while the Mavericks (26-3) are in the midst of one of their best seasons ever after claiming the Southern Carolina Conference regular season and tournament titles for the second year in a row.
They'll meet for the fifth time this season at Marvin Ridge on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.
The Mavs own a 3-1 edge in the series, but all four games have been decided by two runs or less.
"I would expect it to be a close game for sure," said Marvin Ridge coach Mark Mennitt of Tuesday's game. "If you look at the combined score of the four games we've played them, we've got a 12-8 edge. It's just unbelievable we're playing them for the fifth time. It's really good for our county and good for our conference that we have two teams going this deep in the playoffs."
Mennitt expects an intense setting on Tuesday.
"It might be one of the biggest games in Union County history," said Mennitt. "I've only been in this area for 10 years, but it's the biggest one I can remember."
The Mavericks advanced with a 9-1 home victory over Asheboro on Friday.
Marvin Ridge held a 3-1 advantage before exploding for six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning.
The Mavs made 10 plate appearance in the inning. Senior Derek Smith started the barrage with a single.
"We had actually been swinging the bats well all night, but we just never strung anything together," said Mennitt. "I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time."
Marvin Ridge finished with 12 hits. Seniors Ben Peterson and Joe Tietjen were both 3-for-3 at the plate.
Tietjen got the Mavs on the board with a home run in the second.
Junior Kyle Corgan finished 2-for-3 for Marvin Ridge, which is averaging 11 runs per game in the postseason.
"We've been swinging the bats really well," said Mennitt. "Hopefully we'll carry that momentum into Tuesday."
Sophomore Max Wotell picked up the win on the mound.
Wotell struck out nine in six innings of work to improve to 8-0 on the year.
Tietjen closed out Asheboro (16-8) in the seventh.
"Wotell was fantastic on the mound," said Mennitt. "He was just in command the whole game. He attacked the zone and did what he needed to do."