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Sun, Oct. 20

A team at the top of their game

The Marauder baseball team continued its winning streak with a victory over Coconino, 7-0. A fitting score, since that win makes the Marauders 7-0 in the Grand Canyon region.

The Panthers traveled to Mingus Union High School on Wednesday in a region contest and the Marauders took charge from the start.

With Tony Vocca on the mound, the Marauder defense picked the batters off one by one.

It was another win for Vocca, who allowed nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. It was the seventh conference win out of six games for the Marauders. Vocca has a perfect 6-0 record on the mound this season.

Mingus kept the Panthers from scoring, despite the nine hits they got. Mingus had only six hits, but capitalized on four Coconino errors and three walks.

The Marauders jumped ahead 3-0 with key hits. Neither team scored through the second and third inning, but the Marauders jumped ahead, 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth and then added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

Simonz was on fire at the plate and led the Marauders by going 3-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI's. Billy Grant followed by going 2-for-3 at the plate. Pat Moran worked the pitcher by going 1-for-2 with a walk, to get on base two out of three times and catcher Justin Schultz had a double.

The Marauders are leading the 4A II Grand Canyon Region with a record of 7-0 in conference play and 19-5 overall. They also lead the region by a decisive margin, with the second place team, Page with a record of 3-4, three of those losses against Mingus.

Leading the Marauder team at the plate are Brandon Holmes with a batting average of .444. Right behind him is Sean Simonz with .443 and Justin Schultz with .429. RBI leaders are Vocca with 36, Schultz with 32 and Simonz with 31. And leading the pack in home runs are Spencer Earl with five, followed by Mike Cook and Schultz with four apiece.

The Marauders continue their conference schedule on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Panthers at their field. The games begin at 11 a.m.

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