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Mavs reel off five straight

After dropping opener of Clinch River Challenge, ACHS has been on fire

Mav outfielder Trent Strickland fights the sun to glove a fly in the outfield. (photo:Ricky Williams )
After losing its first game of the Clinch River Challenge, the Anderson County High School baseball team has reeled off five consecutive victories.

The Mavericks’ most-recent victory was a 7-3 decision at Knoxville Halls in their District 4-AAA opener at Bob Polston Field Monday night.

ACHS (9-6 overall, 1-0 in the district) started fast as it scored three runs in the top of the first inning. The Red Devils answered by plating a pair of runs in their half of the frame.

The Mavericks added two more in the third and scored a pair in the fourth.

Aydin Bond picked up the victory on the mound at Halls as he threw a complete game, allowing six hits, three runs and four walks. He finished the contest with four strikeouts.

Gavin Hill, Ty Wilson and Trent Strickland had two hits each. Wilson had three RBIs, while Hill drove in a pair.

Prior to opening the league portion of their schedule, the Mavericks won two games Saturday in the Clinch River Challenge.

Anderson County closed out the tournament with a 6-5 win over Bryan Station (Lexington, Kentucky).

Hill and Wilson came up with two hits apiece and Hill knocked in two runs. Aydin Bond had a hit and scored a run, while Alex Bond had a hit and scored a run.

In its second game Saturday night, Anderson County posted a 19-4 win over East Ridge (Kentucky). The Mavericks pounded out 16 hits.

Lane Fletcher, Strickland and Reece Wilkerson finished with two hits each.

Strickland had a double, three runs and four RBIs. Fletcher had a double and a run scored, while Wilkerson scored twice and drove in a run.

Pitcher Daniel Unthank threw a three-inning complete game. He yielded four runs (one earned), five hits and one walk. He struck out six.

On Friday night, the Mavericks toppled Pike County Central (Kentucky) 9-3 as pitcher McCauley White threw a five-inning complete game. He yielded three runs (one earned), four hits and three walks. He fanned seven.

In its tournament opener Thursday afternoon, Anderson County fell 13-1 in an in-school game against Lake Zurich (Illinois).

The Mavs were no-hit in that game.

“Our in-school game didn’t go well,” Mavs Coach Josh Boynton said. “We were no-hit in that game and they had a [Division One] commit on the mound.

“After that, we challenged them.”

Anderson County responded with an 11-1 victory over Harriman Thursday night.

Luke Lankford tossed a complete game, going six innings. He surrendered an unearned run, three hits and one walk. He struck out 11 Blue Devils.

He was also a force at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs.

“I’m pretty happy with the way we played,” Boynton said. “But we still have a lot to clean up on defense.”