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Tue, July 16

Swinging for the fences
After tough loss against Chaparral, Marauder bats come alive at home for the win

Losing their first baseball game in three weeks by a 6-0 margin, the Marauders found a formidable opponent in Chaparral on Tuesday.

The Mingus Union baseball team fell behind in the bottom of the second inning when Chaparral put the first run on the scoreboard. The home team followed it up with three more in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-run ball game.

With Tony Vocca on the mound, Chaparral took its turns connecting with the ball for a total of nine hits in six offensive opportunities. Vocca walked two, hit two batters and struck out three.

After four innings, the Marauders still trailed 4-0. In the bottom of the fifth, Chaparral struck again, scoring two more runs for a 6-0 lead, which would go on to be the final score.

Neither team scored any errors, but the Mingus bats, which are usually blazing, were fairly quiet for the Marauder team. Sean Simonz and Travis Wokasch were the only batters to get multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-3 respectively. Vocca, Justin Schultz and Spencer earl were the only other Marauders to get hits, all of the hits from the Mingus side of the field were singles, absent from the power of extra base hits usually present during their games.

Chaparral, which is out of Scottsdale, is at the top of its league in the 4A I Desert Sky. Chaparral is ranked No. 2 Power Ratings. Mingus Union is at No. 3 in the 4A II power ratings.

On Wednesday, the Marauders regrouped and crushed their opponent at home, Cactus Shadows 15-4.

The Marauders jumped out to a commanding lead in the bottom of the first inning by scoring six runs. They followed that barrage of firepower up in the second inning with a 7-run rally to run away with the game. Cactus Shadows closed the gap with two runs in the top of the third and then another two in the top of the fourth to make the score 13-4, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Marauders shut them down with two more runs and closed the game out in five innings.

Cactus Shadows committed three errors while the Marauders went error free. Mingus pounded the ball with 13 hits. Sean Simonz led on the mound and allowed six hits, walked four and struck out three.

At the plate, Pat Moran led the Marauder charge, going 3-for-4, with three doubles and three RBIs. Vocca followed suit, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a homerun and three RBIs. Mike Cook went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and Travis Wokasch went 1-for-2. Brandon Holmes and Billy Grant both hit a double.

The back to back non-region games kept the Marauders sharp as they head into their last week of region play against Sinagua on Tuesday on the road. Then they return home for their last games of the season on Saturday, April 28 against Sinagua in a doubleheader.

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