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MAN Dawson Maynard had four hits, scored three runs, drove in three runs and was a triple shy of the cycle as Class AA No. 1 Logan defeated Class A No. 3 Man, 9-3, Wednesday night at William Tootie Carter Field.
The win was the 10th consecutive win for Logan to start the season, and the 14th straight victory dating back to last season, as the Wildcats improved to 10-0 on the season while Man drops to 9-4 with the loss.
Maynard hit a two-run home run, his first of the season and first for Logan as team, in Logan’s three-run first inning. Aiden Slack later added an RBI double as Logan led 3-0 after one inning of play.
Maynard wasn’t finished at the plate as he singled in the second and fourth innings and added a run-scoring double in Logan’s three-run sixth inning.
Chad Burnette and Ryan Roberts combined to strike out 10 Man batters and held the Hillbillies to just five hits.
Burnette allowed three runs on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks to improve his record to 3-0 on the season. Burnette’s three victories is tied for the team lead with Joey Canterbury.
Roberts pitched three scoreless innings allowing two hits while striking out five and walking one to pick up his first save of the season.
Logan got a run in the second when Jake Ramey struck out on a pitch in the dirt and was retired as the catcher Preston Blankenship threw to first baseman Brady Hall-Montgomery, allowing Korbin Bostic to score from third just ahead of Hall-Montgomery’s throw to give Logan a 4-0 lead after two innings.
Man answered with a single run in the second and two more in the third to cut the deficit to 4-3 after three innings.
Designated hitter Luke Haney drew a two-out walk and scored on Braxton Messer’s double to the right center field gap cutting the deficit to 4-1 after three innings.
Blankenship reached on an error allowing Caleb Blevins to score from third to bring Man within two runs, 4-2, and Hall-Montgomery followed with a single down the right field line to plate Jace Adkins as Man trailed 4-3 after three innings.
Logan put the game away with two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth.
Bostic scored on a throwing error to increase Logan’s advantage to 5-3 and Garrett Williamson’s run-scoring single plated Maynard to give Logan a 6-3 lead after four innings.
In the sixth, the Wildcats got three straight hits to start the inning. Carson Kirk started the inning with a single and stole second and third before scoring on Bostic’s RBI triple to give Logan a 7-3 lead.
Maynard’s run-scoring double, his third RBI of the game, scored Bostic from third to extend the Logan’s lead to 8-3 and Maynard scored on Ramey’s sacrifice fly for a 9-3 lead after six innings.
Man’s Blankenship and Blevins combined to strike out 11 Logan hitters, but the duo combined to walk seven Wildcats.
Blankenship started on the mound for Man and allowed four runs on two hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out eight but saw his record fall to 1-1 with the defeat. Blevins allowed five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks in four innings of relief.
Messer had two hits including a double and an RBI while Adkins had two hits to lead the way for the Hillbillies at the plate. Man got a hit and an RBI from Hall-Montgomery and one RBI from Blankenship.
Williamson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kirk was 2-for-3 at the plate, joining Maynard with multiple hits in the Wildcat victory. Kirk and Maynard also stole two bases for Logan.
Slack had a double and one RBI while Bostic had one hit, one RBI, drew three walks and scored four times; and Ramey drove in two runs for Logan.
Logan will travel to Bridgeport Friday afternoon to take part in the McDonald’s Classic at Bridgeport High School. The Wildcats will face Class AAA No. 2 Bridgeport at noon and close out the afternoon against Class AA No. 10 Lincoln at 2:30 p.m.
Man travels to Westside on Thursday and will close out the week hosting Wayne on Friday at William Tootie Carter Field.