A pair of tightly contested wins Friday night kept Maize South in the thick of a regional race which still shows four unbeaten teams in Class 5A in the Wichita area state qualifying regional.
The host Mavericks defeated Valley Center in regulation 2-1 and left got out of the top of the seventh giving up one run and leaving the bases juiced. Kelsey Sterneker got the win on the mound in game one for South, then came back in relief in game two after sophomore starter was knocked off the mound, taking a line drive in the throwing hand with the score knotted at 1-all.
Game two went nine innings, with senior Kayla Jones knocking in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2 and remain undefeated.
Maize South keeps pace with regional favorite Goddard who run ruled Andover twice at home and Hays and Great Bend who are both unbeaten. These four teams, along with Valley Center and Goddard Eisenhower are expected to fight it out for two qualifying spots in the Eisenhower Regional.
Other Wichita area games that we are aware of saw Andover Central and Eisenhower splitting according to unconfirmed sources and Maize taking a pair from Wichita Campus.
Hovpen Sports recorded over 300 photos of the Maize South vs. Valley Center games which can be viewed at Hovpen Photo Shop