Mavs score 15 in ninth straight victory
Marvin Ridge High's baseball team improved to 2-0 in the East Meck Spring Break Classic with a 15-7 victory over Butler, Tuesday.
The Mavericks (12-2) fell behind 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning as sophomore Max Wotell started wildly on the mound.
Wotell walked three of the first four batters he faced and a catcher interference allowed a run before a hit by Garrett Wise scored three more runs. Wise scored later on a ground out.
"I tend to be a little rattled the first inning. That's a thing I need to get rid of and maybe spend a little more time in the bullpen with," Wotell said. "I settled down and started throwing strikes. Eventually they weren't hitting me as well."
The Bulldogs (4-9) wouldn't hold the lead very long as Wotell would start a Mavericks rally in the top of the second.
Wotell watched the first pitch of the inning go by but didn't hesitate on the second as he lined it over the left field wall for a solo home run.
Joe Tietjen followed by taking the first pitch he saw deep over the left field wall and the Mavericks were down 5-2 were back within three in an instant.
Aaron Pilkington and Kyle Corgan drew walks following the first out and Ben Peterson loaded the bases with an infield single.
Pilkington scored on a fielder's choice by Jacob Henderson who was too fast down the line for an inning ending double play.
Jason Curtis lined a two-out single back up the middle to score Corgan and Henderson and tie the game at 5-all.
Wotell settled in on the mound and did not give up a run in his final three innings of work.
Wotell picked up the win on the mound when his team grabbed the lead with another five-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.
Corgan picked up a second walk to lead off the inning followed by singles from Peterson and Henderson to load the bases.
Corgan gave the Mavericks lead when a pitch got away and each runner advanced.
With one out Derek Smith brought Peterson and Henderson home with his only hit of the afternoon and moved all the way to third on the throw home.
Wotell drew a walk and his courtesy runner, Conner Murphy, stole second while Smith took home as the throw back wasn't close.
Tietjen got his second RBI of the day with a single to left to score Murphy for a 10-5 lead.
The Bulldogs added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and Wotell started the third and final five-run inning for the Mavs with a one-out single in the sixth for a 3-for-3 day at the palte.
Wotell stole second, which allowed Tietjen to record his second straight game with three RBI with his third hit of the day going 3-for-5.
The bases loaded up for Corgan with Hunter Colonna getting on with an error then a walk to Pilkington.
Corgan then belted a 3-1 fastball over the left field wall for a grand slam to put the final nail in the coffin.
Wotell, a sophomore, has helped the Mavericks to a now nine-game winning streak. He says he doesn't feel the added pressure of his role as a starting pitcher.
"I come out to win games, we come out to win games. I want to play my role,"Wotell said. "I try to produce at the plate and throw strikes on the mound. We're doing a good job right now of winning games. I don't really try to do too much. We just play as a team and win games.
I don't feel pressure. I just feel that I need to compete, throw strikes and get people out so that we can win the game."
Ben Peterson also went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks play Hopewell Wednesday at 4:30 in their final game of the tournament.