District II Champs

Top-ranked Mavericks knock out Vikings

Mauldin wins twice to claim District 2 championship

By AKILAH IMANI NELSON -  ainelson@thestate.com

With two wins at Spring Valley on Wednesday, Mauldin claimed the District 2 title. Spring Valley had knocked No. 1-ranked Mauldin (26-2) into the bottom half of the bracket with a 1-0 win on the road Saturday, and needed one more win to advance to the Upper State tournament. Instead, the Vikings fell 7-4, then 4-2 against the hard-hitting Mavericks.“They’re one of the top programs in the state, and our girls showed tonight that we deserve to be up near the top, too,” Vikings coach Bob Matz said. “We came up short, but we had our chances. We could have just rolled over, but we fought back.” In the first game, Mauldin saw a fourth-inning lead disappear but put up a big seventh inning to hold onto its shot at a district title. “We knew that the first game was the most important — if we didn’t win that there wouldn’t be another,” coach Joseph Terry said. “So we figured we’d go all out in the first game and if that meant we ran out of gas, we’d let it play out in the second game.”In the first game, Spring Valley trailed 3-0 before scoring four times in the fifth inning. The big blow was a three-run triple by Lauren Skinner.The Mavericks responded with four runs in the seventh. Briana Davis singled, and Emma Swaringen followed with a double down the right field line. Dana Landers walked to load the bases before Deanna Sullivan hit a three-run double to left field.Sullivan advanced to third on the next play, and Amanda Storch’s single brought her home. The Vikings went three up, three down in their final at-bat. Mauldin took an early lead in the second game, with base hits from its first two batters. A sacrifice fly and a passed ball allowed the Mavericks to close the first inning with a two-run lead. The Vikings answered in the third when Rachel Mellin doubled and designated runner Stephanie Junker advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Natalie Davis singled and moved to second on a passed ball. Mariah Sanborn drove in the tying runs. “I didn’t want to pitch to her. I told them not to pitch to her but we did and gave up two runs to her,” Terry said. Mauldin’s hitting did not stop, though. The Mavericks got singles from Davis and Landers, and a two-run triple from Sullivan to move ahead for good. Matz, who finished his fourth and final season with the Vikings, said there is a measure of success in having competed with the Mavericks. “We’re playing well and working hard and we’ve got this program where we want it (for the next season).”  

Mauldin 7, Spring Valley 4W: Amanda Storch L: Rachel Mellin. Hitters: Emma Swearingen (M) 2-4, Deanna Sullivan (M) 2-4, 4RBI, Mariah Sanborn (S) 3-4, Lauren Skinner (S) 1-3, 3 RBI.

Mauldin 4, Spring Valley 2W: Storch. L: Mellin. Hitters: Sullivan (M) 1-3, 2 RBI, Swearingen 2-2, Briana Davis (M) 2-3, Madison Tracy (M) 2-3, Sanborn (S) 1-3, 2 RBI, Skinner (S) 1-3, Mellin (S) 2-3, Natalie Davis (S) 2-2.

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