MEAD — The Mead baseball team is off to a white-hot start to the 2017 season and hasn't yet played a game in which it hasn't had at least a pair of big innings.
The Mavericks haven't finished with fewer than nine runs, either.
Continuing this March's all-out offensive blitz, the Mavericks topped local rival Frederick with a 15-5 win at home. It was a dominant way to for the Mavericks to send first-year coach Randy Click home with his first Tri-Valley League win as the team's head coach.
"It starts with them buying into our culture and that we're all in this together, and that leads to big innings," Click said. "We've had a lot of times where one guys hits a single then the next guy goes up there and hits a double and then we just keep it rolling. It's a culture thing and we have the talent to do it. We're really happy with the start we've had."
Sticking their early-season style, the Mavericks (4-0, 1-0 Tri-Valley) put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to a big lead and continued to build that lead by scoring in every inning following the first. Even after the visiting Warriors (1-2, 0-1 Tri-Valley) closed the gap to rive runs with a five-run fifth inning, the Mavericks responded with five more runs in the bottom of the frame to activate the 10-run rule and end the game.
The Mavericks, who went 9-10 last season, have now outscored their first four opponents 49-12.
"We kind of slowed down in the middle innings today but we picked it back up and started looking get fastballs and hit the ball the other way, things like that," Maverick shortstop Matt Regan said. "Even we've been a little surprised because this is a new bunch of kids and we only have a few returning starters. But we put in a lot of work on our hitting before the season started and that's what we're really focused on."
Regan, who is batting .583 this season, went 3 for 3 at the plate on Thursday. Teammate Riley Glynn also went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs to back starter John Edwards, who struck out 11 batters and allowed all five of his earned runs in the fifth inning.
Frederick's five runs were the most scored against the Mavericks so far this season. Senior Avery Elkins, who also started on the mound, had two of his team's five hits.
The two teams will complete their home-and-away series with the second game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Frederick.
Mead 15, Frederick 5
At Mead H.S.
Frederick (1-2, 0-1) 000 050 — 5 5 1
Mead (4-0, 1-0) 520 215 — 15 16 1
W — J. Edwards. L — Elkins.
Frederick hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hazlett 3-0-0-0, Hornby 3-1-1-1, Shirley 2-1-0-0, Frenzel 2-0-0-0, Thacker 1-0-0-0, Powers 2-0-0-0, Wyatt 2-0-1-0, Bacca 2-1-1-0, Ladwig 1-1-0-0, Green 1-0-0-0, Elkins 2-1-2-1. Totals 21-5-5-2. 2B — Elkins 2. 3B — Bacca.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Young 3-1-1-0, Ward 1-1-0-0, Regan 3-2-3-2, Hale 1-1-1-0, Glynn 3-3-3-3, Skrine 2-1-1-0, Zsidisin 1-1-1-2, Laird 4-0-1-0, Carstens 3-3-2-1, J. Edwards 2-1-1-3, D. Edwards 3-1-1-2, Klibbe 4-0-1-0, Boaz 0-0-0-0, Montelongo 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-15-16-13. 2B — Regan 2, Glynn, Zsidisin. HR — Glynn (1 on in 2nd), Edwards (1 on in 1st). SB — Skrine.
Frederick pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Elkins 4-11-9-9-1-4, Shirley 1.1-4-5-4-2-0, Hornby 0.1-1-1-0-0-0.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — J. Edwards 5-4-5-5-4-11, Glynn 1-1-0-0-2-1.