Every streak is made to be broken, including Taylorsville’s streak of eight consecutive wins dating back to March 22, which was snapped Thursday night in a home exhibition game against one of Class 5A’s finest, the Germantown Mavericks.
“They had a kid on the mound with a 90 mile an hour arm,” said Coach Dusty Hillman, “and I thought my guys competed with him. They went after it and didn’t give into him. We just made too many mistakes early, and we didn’t throw strikes, and that got us in a bind.”
The blunt of Germantown’s damage occurred in the top of the third. Leading 1-0, Carson Fisher belted a two-run home run to extend their lead to three. Then after two consecutive walks, Collin Magoun hit a line drive single to right field, allowing two more runs to come home. Fisher led the Mavericks’ offense with two hits in four at-bats, two RBIs, and a home run.
After settling down defensively, the Tartars attempted to claw their way back from the early deficit. Ty Keyes and Raven Arrington used their speed to cash in on a couple wild throws for two runs in the fifth inning. Arrington led the team offensively with two hits in three trips to the plate, one walk, one RBI, and two stolen bases.
However, their four total hits on the night were too few and far apart to close the gap. Ty Keyes was thrown out at first base by the Mavericks’ catcher to end the seventh inning and earn Germantown a 9-3 victory.
With the Mavericks owning a 17-4 record and being considered a consensus top ten team in Mississippi, Coach Hillman knew the game would be a daunting challenge for his Tartars. But those challenges are what drives the team to new heights of improvement.
“That’s why we love to play teams like [Germantown],” said Hillman. “They make us better. We have to learn what we can from this one and be ready to go tomorrow night against Heidelberg, then again on Saturday against Petal.”
Taylorsville’s overall record now stands at 8-10. They’ll attempt to claim their fifth region win tomorrow night against the Heidelberg Oilers, which would boost them ahead of Clarkdale by half of a game for second place in Region 5-2A.
(Article written by Brad Crowe)