(File photo by Zach Jevne)
Clay Central-Everly is now 1-0 in the "second season" after defeating Sibley-Ocheyedan, 11-7, in Hartley on Saturday, July 7, in the Class 1A District opener.
CC-E struggled during the regular season, beginning the year 0-24 before getting two 12-1 wins over C-W-L on Tuesday, July 3. Despite not winning before July, the confidence gained in the doubleheader sweep of C-W-L was a factor in the Mavericks' playoff win Saturday.
"Getting the two 10-run games in and getting some confidence before tournament time always helps," CC-E coach Austin Davis said. "We're starting to play better here at the end of the season. We have a lot of seniors on this team and they want to keep playing with their friends."
CC-E scored first but Sibley-Ocheyedan (5-17) answered with two in bottom of the first. The Mavericks were able to jump out in the second thanks to a bases-clearing double by Brent Trierweiler and command a 7-2 lead.
Three more runs in the top of the fourth gave CC-E a cushy 10-2 lead but Sibley would get two back in the bottom half. Sibley scored once in the sixth and twice more in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't complete the comeback.
CC-E's Brock Breidinger earned the win after giving up seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits, walking one and striking out two. Trierweiler was 2-for-4 with a double and triple and five runs batted in.
CC-E (3-25) collected 13 hits on the night off two Sibley pitchers. They chased starter Josh Earll in the second inning and Tyler O'Connor finished the game. Kyle Saboe was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and stolen base. Tyler Shuck, Jared Schoelerman and Cam Medema each were 2-for-4.
Next up for the Mavs is South O'Brien (16-9) in Hartley tonight (Tuesday). South O'Brien defeated CC-E 12-0 on June 5 in Everly, but Davis said the Mavericks will have three new starters in the lineup compared to the previous meeting.
South O'Brien won 12 games in a row earlier this season but has dropped nine of its last 12 games.