By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER
Hays High and Maize South each scored in just one inning Wednesday afternoon. The difference is that the Indians scored just one run in the first, while the Mavericks pushed three across in the third for the 3-1 victory.
Hays used two singles and a Maverick error to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Indians starting pitcher Layne Downing cruised through the first two innings before running into trouble in the third. The Mavericks led the inning off with a Johnny Heppler single. Heppler moved to second on a balk and then was called safe on a close play at third base on a bunt. A sacrifice bunt followed by two doubles scored the last three runs of the game.
Maize South freshman pitcher Jordan Maxson faced just one over the minimum over the third, fourth, fifth and sixth inning.
The Indains gave themselves one last chance to save their season in the bottom of the seventh with a Downing lead off double. South would bring Nate McBroom into the game to shut the Indians down with two pop-ups and strike out to earn his second save of the season.
Hays ends the year at 13-8. Maize South improves to 8-12. The Indians graduate four seniors from this year’s team.
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