Baseball: Mayes unfazed, tosses 2nd no-no this season
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 |
Connor Mayes could not be fazed Tuesday.
For the second time this season, Mayes did not allow a hit as the right-hander pitched a complete game shutout in a much-needed 9-0 district win over Akins at Burger Field.
Mayes gave up a walk, but that was all the Eagles could muster in the junior’s second no-hit performance of the season. Mayes also threw a perfect game against Del Valle back on March 22.
Showing command and poise on the mound, Mayes notched 13 strikeouts. Following the game, Mayes stayed focus while his teammates gave him grief during his first post-game interview, crowding around the junior with mock microphones and questions following Mayes’ no-hitter Tuesday.
“We needed this win bad,” said Mayes, deflecting all credit to those teammates. “I left some over the plate pretty bad, but my defense came through for me, which is huge, and it’s always great when your defense is behind you. Offensively, they backed me up big time. It definitely relaxed me. They came through today and did a great job.”
Troy Carter and Drew Judson had two RBIs each for the Cavaliers, which scored six times in the fifth inning to break the game open, in part thanks to multiple errors by Akins. Daniel Castano and Trenton Ray added RBIs for Lake Travis (13-15, 6-3), while Tyler Payne and Judson both scored twice in the win.
As Lake Travis coach Roy Kinnan put it, the team was having fun again, and it showed after the win.
“Connor threw the ball really well, most of his stuff was working,” Kinnan said. “The kids are coming together and believing; they’re making it fun again. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Mayes carved up the Eagles with precision, working in tandem with catcher Trenton Ray in the no-hit effort.
“The curveball was working great,” he said. “When I wanted to throw it for a straight K, it worked. It slipped a couple times, but it was definitely the pitch to go to.
Lake Travis has played in four one-run games in district, a 1-0 loss to Austin High, a 3-2 win over Bowie, a 4-3 loss to Westlake and a 2-1 loss to Austin High on April 4.
The Cavs came back after the loss to the Maroons to beat Bowie 6-0 April 5, and picked up their second consecutive win with the defeat of Akins (9-13, 3-6) Tuesday. The Eagles were coming off a win over first-place Westlake, so Lake Travis knew not to take the team lightly.
“We have a goal to win all the rest of our games in district,” Mayes said. “Absolutely [we can], as long as we keep on the track we’re going on.”
The victory marked No. 599 for Kinnan, with Lake Travis set to play Anderson 7 p.m. Friday at home. After that, the Cavs have two more district games left – at Del Valle April 16 and hosting Westlake April 19.
Though the team’s overall record is still sub-.500, the number of close games before district play and certainly now through the first nine games of district has the Cavs’ confidence soaring.
“Our first job is to compete for the playoffs, second is to compete for the district championship,” Kinnan said. “It’s in front of us, but we can’t look to that game [against Westlake]; Anderson is a good ball club. I think we pressed [earlier in the season]. We lost a lot of close ballgames early. We could easily have seven, eight more victories than we do – we could, but we don’t. But we came in to district battle tested, without any doubt.”
As the congratulations and jokes continued, Mayes smiled and looked around at his teammates.
“We get along great, if you can tell,” he said. “I’m so blessed to have them … I know we can do whatever we want if we keep working hard.”
District 15-5A Standings (a
s of April 10)
Team W L RS RA
Westlake 7 2 65 34
Lake Travis 6 3 42 12
Bowie 6 3 51 27
Austin 4 4 33 27
Anderson 4 4 32 26
Akins 3 6 28 61
Del Valle 0 8 7 71
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