Accumulating 10 hits, the Maricopa High School baseball team defeated 5A Metro rival Ironwood 12-2 at home Friday.
Coming off a dismal loss to Mesquite the night before, the win evened the Rams’ overall record to 7-7, a non-tournament record of 4-2.
Maricopa scored six runs in the second inning and gradually added enough to employ the 10-run rule by the bottom of the sixth for the victory against Ironwood (3-8). The Ram attack came from the plate and the mound, and almost everyone had a hit.
Senior Jackson Stensgard batted 2-for-3, including a double, and knocked in three runs. He also pitched all six innings, giving up five hits and an earned run and striking out eight.
Sophomore Devin Fiala was also 2-for-3 and picked up an RBI. Sophomore Malachi Hogg smacked a two-run double. Junior Carter Paine, junior Taylor Belcher and senior Marcos Cano all also drove in runs.
Against Mesquite the day before, the Rams had managed just three hits in the 12-0 loss. They struck out 11 times against sophomore Davis Heller. Meanwhile the Wildcats tagged Maricopa for three home runs.
Maricopa is batting .314 as a team this season, led by Paine’s .452. Taylor Belcher leads in runs batted in with 14. The team ERA is 5.70. Paine leads in innings pitched with 24 and a third and strikeouts with 21.
The Rams are 1-0 in 5A Metro and next travel to Kellis on Tuesday.