Verbena falls to Maplesville after two-win weekend

Published 5:50 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Maplesville's Trevor Wallace tossed 10 strikeouts in a complete game win over Verbena on Monday.

Maplesville’s Trevor Wallace tossed 10 strikeouts in a complete game win over Verbena on Monday.

The Maplesville Red Devils baseball team continued its winning ways Monday, as the squad took down county rival Verbena, 6-2, in a road contest.

A two-out double by John Schoener opened the offense for Maplesville in the top of the first, but a strikeout left him stranded to end the half inning.

Verbena also failed to score in the bottom half, bringing the inning to a close with a scoreless tie.

Thaddeus Hunter reached on an error in the top of the second, but again, the Red Devils were not able to convert the runner into runs, as two consecutive strikeouts ended the scoring chance.

The homestanding Red Devils got on the board in the bottom of the inning, as both Bryan Rasberry and Eric Mims reached on walks to leadoff.

The duo later scored to give Verbena a 2-0 lead after two innings of play.

Maplesville answered in the top half of the third, as the Red Devils brought Alex Smith, John Schoener, Devan Wallace and Trevor Wallace all around to take a 4-2 lead.

Maplesville added the final two runs in the top of of the fourth, as Alex Smith and Trenton Smith both scored to increase the lead to 6-2.

Neither team scored again, and the Red Devils held on for the 6-2 win.

Trevor Wallace tossed a complete game for Maplesville, giving up five hits, two unearned runs and five walks, while striking out 10.

“(Trevor) did a great job,” Maplesville head coach Brandon Shanks said. “Like I told them, any time you get a complete game, it’s always a positive.”

Cole Mims took the loss for Verbena, going seven innings with six hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

At the plate for Maplesville, Alex Smith went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, while Hunter went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

For Verbena, Dylan Walker went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Grant Deavers went 2-for-3.

Verbena came into the game on a two game win streak, as the Red Devils took a pair of wins over Shades Mountain Christian on March 7.

In the first contest, Deavers went the distance on the mound for the Red Devils, logging three strikeouts and four walks in seven innings of work to get the win.

Quandarious Ray went 2-for 4 at the plate, with three runs, while Garrett Deavers went 3-for-3 with five RBI, Rasberry went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Mims went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Grant Deavers helped his own cause, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs, two RBI and three doubles.

The Red Devils followed the performance up with an 8-4 win in Game 2, which was called after five innings due to darkness.

Christian Agee took the win on the mound, going five innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

At the plate, Agee went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI, while Grant Deavers went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two doubles and Garrett Deavers went 2-for-3 with three RBI.