After 0-3 start, Mavs break into win column against Campbell

Mavericks pitcher Mason Lively threw five innings during Anderson County’s home game against Campbell County last Thursday night. The Mavericks scored 12 runs on seven hits and beat the Cougars 12-2. (photo:Tony Cox )
After opening the 2023 season with three consecutive losses, the Anderson County High School baseball team found its way into the win column Thursday.

The Mavericks defeated Campbell County 12-2 at home.

And while the Cougars regularly have their share of struggles on the diamond, ACHS Coach Josh Boynton wasn’t about to throw the win back after the Mavs opened the seasons with back-to-back losses in a home-and-home series early last week to Oak Ridge and a 9-5 loss to Union County on Wednesday, March 15.

“It was good to get a win late last week when it was much needed,” Boynton said. “We scored a few runs early and we got some timely hits.”

Anderson County also picked up a stellar performance on the mound from Mason Lively, who struck out 10 Campbell County hitters over five innings.

The Mavericks, who dropped their season opener at Oak Ridge on Monday, March 13, falling 5-1 to the Wildcats, didn’t get a hit. The following day at ACHS, The Wildcats routed Anderson County 14-2 in its home opener.

“We hit the ball a little better, but we made some errors and we didn’t play well,” Boynton said.

After falling to the Patriots in Maynardville on Wednesday, March 16, Anderson County clicked its offense into high gear against the Cougars as Alex Bond went 3-for-3 with a bases-clearing triple and four RBIs and freshman Daniel Unthank went 2-for-2 and scored twice in his second varsity game.

“Daniel is going to be a great player; he’s played in two games and he has three hits,” Boynton said.

While Bond and Unthank had a big game against Campbell County (0-3), the Mavs have struggled at the plate out of the gate. But the young talent and potential are there.

“We have a lot of young guys who can play baseball, but since we’ve struggled at the plate, no one has separated themselves,” Boynton said.

“There are going to be opportunities for guys to play, so the guys are going to have to be ready when they get their opportunities.”