Maclay Improves Winning Streak to Nine

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The last time Maclay played Godby, the Cougars won 8-2. This game, however, was completely different. Billy Grant pitched seven scoreless innings for Maclay and Max McKinley recorded four RBI, leading the Marauders to a 12-0 victory.

“We showed up today,” said Maclay coach Drew Sherrod. “That first time, for whatever reason, we didn’t play well. We didn’t throw strikes, and when we did throw strikes, we couldn’t catch or throw the ball. We also took terrible bats at the plate. When you do all of those things, you get your butt kicked.”

The Marauders sure didn’t get their butts kicked this time. They started the game by getting three straight runners on base. Grant then hit a deep single, driving in Jack Brady and Matt Caballero. This gave Maclay a 2-0 lead.

Godby kept it close for the next three innings. Pitcher Triston Anderson kept the deficit at two until the fifth. Anderson pitched six total innings.

At the top of the fifth inning, the Marauders loaded up the bases again. Will Choi, Brady, and Caballero all got on base, putting McKinley on the plate with only one out. He hit a triple, giving Maclay a 5-0 lead. Grant then drove Mckinley home for his third RBI, putting the Marauders up by six. Right Fielder Peyton Scharinger closed out the inning for the Cougars by catching his third fly ball of the evening.

After being held scoreless in the sixth inning, the Marauders put away the game in the seventh. They racked up a total of six runs against pitchers William Brooks and Dylan Hutto, improving their lead to 12.

On the defensive side of the ball, Maclay was near perfect. Besides posting a shutout, the Marauders only let two runners on base all game.

“Billy Grant just commanded the strike zone today,” said Sherrod. “He worked the count and hit his spots. He was in total control and never let them get in a good count. That’s the game within the game, and then, from there, the guys just played like they always do. They made routine plays and had fun. That’s just what they do.”

With the win, Maclay improved their winning streak to nine games. They travel to play Aucilla Christian on Friday, before taking on Rickards at home on Tuesday, April 5th. Godby will host JPII on Friday, before playing Marianna on the rode on Tuesday.

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