After a three-inning deadlock, Hamilton rallied for seven runs in their fourth and fifth frames to sink the visiting Maxwell High School baseball team, 10-5, last Wednesday.
Panthers starter Wyatt Hendrix managed to hold the hosts scoreless in the third with the help of a terrific play in the outfield. Hamilton’s Chris Engel reached on an infield error to start the inning. Ethan Magaña hit a sinking line drive toward right field — a sure hit until Maxwell’s Nick Azevedo raced in to make a shoestring catch. Azevedo then fired a bullet to teammate Angel Velazquez covering first base to complete the double play, as Magaña was caught stranded halfway toward second base.
With two runners on, Hendrix struck out Moses Barajas to end the threat and keep the score tied, 3-3. The Braves, however, were just heating up.
After a single, two walks, and a hit batsman in the fourth, Vincent Ferrara relieved Hendrix and tossed the remaining 2 2-3 innings.
Cody Pearson walked and scored Maxwell’s first run on Daniel Reynoso’s RBI single. With Lance Gwinnup and Gerardo Ambriz aboard in the second, Velazquez delivered a two-run single. Timmy Kromis doubled down the right-field line to keep the rally going, but was unable to advance.
Connor Avrit padded Hamilton’s lead with a two-run bomb over the left-field fence in the Braves’ three-run fifth.
Maxwell was plagued by nine defensive miscues, including two instances of catcher’s obstruction. Only six of the Braves’ runs were earned.
Avrit scored three times and teammates Johnny Vogt and Cort Johnson both singled and scored twice for Hamilton (2-2 Mid-Valley League, 5-11). Avrit earned the victory on the mound with 6 1-3 innings of work, allowing four earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out 14 Maxwell hitters, seven of them looking. Payton Powell recorded the final outs for the Braves.
Maxwell (1-1 Mountain Valley League, 6-11) returns to league action on Friday, hosting Quincy for a doubleheader at 1 PM.■