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Red Devils rout Edward Bell twice

Off to the races: Aron Smitherman and the other Maplesville baserunners got plenty of exercise circling the bags during two games Friday.

Maplesville easily advanced to the second round of the Class 1A state baseball playoffs with two wins over Edward Bell.

The host Red Devils won both games Friday in five innings, 32-0 and 28-0.

Tyler Crumpton pitched the first four inning of the first game, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out seven Edward Bell batters.

Colby Chambers came on in relief and struck out all three batters he faced.

MHS pounded out 39 hits combined in the two games.

Bobby Smith pitched a no-hitter for MHS in the second game.

Smith issued one walk or would have recorded a perfect game. He struck out 13 batters.

Several Red Devils had good days at the plate: James Madsen went 5-for-9 with two doubles and a three-run home run, Crumpton went 5-for-10 with a three-run home run, and Aron Smitherman went 8-for-12 with six runs batted in.

Smith had four hits in six at-bats with a triple and two RBI in Game 1, and Alex Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBI and five runs scored in the second contest.