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Maplesville bats silent in two losses

Maplesville could never get the bats going on Friday and was swept out of the playoffs, 16-2 and 4-0, in a first-round series with Sweet Water.

No. 2 Sweet Water hit a home run in the first inning of Game 1 and never slowed down.

The Red Devils (8-12) kept it close in Game 2, however, behind a strong start from Tyler Crumpton.

Crumpton allowed three walks and three hits and struck out three.

Matt Hamner, James Madsen and Dustin Stevens all had hits in Game 2, but the visitors could never plate a run.

“We hit the ball hard, it was just always right at somebody,” coach Derrick Littleton said. “I was proud of the way we bounced back after the first game, losing big, to come back and keep it close.”

Aron Smitherman suffered the loss in Game 1. He threw for four innings, and Bobby Smith came on in relief and pitched the fifth inning.

Blake Crumpton went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in that game.

Jared White scored the other run, going 1-for-3. Smith went 1-for-2.

The Maplesville bats were silenced by Sweet Water pitchers Chris Landrum and Link Luker, who went the distance in Games 1 and 2, respectively.