Baseball advances on Maasens near no-no
It came down to "what have you done for me lately," De Soto baseball coach Steve Deghand said.
And there's no arguing, lately Brady Maasen has done a whole lot.
Deghand said Maasen deserved to start Monday's regional opener, and five innings later there wasn't a doubter among those at the T-Bone's CommunityAmerica Park in Kansas City.
Maasen didn't give up a hit until the fifth and final inning -- a lazy blooper that fell just behind second baseman Austin DeGraeve and just in front of center fielder Colby Childers.
De Soto (14-7) rode Maasen's performance to an 11-0 first-game win, setting up a Wednesday showdown with Tonganoxie.
"Brady was really focused on the game," senior catcher Austin Bills said. "He has been hitting his spots and throwing his fastball well."
The Wildcats relied on Atchison errors to get an advantage. The Redmen made eight errors in the game. But in the later innings the Cats came through and managed to run rule Atchison with the lower part of the batting order.
Jordan Smith, pinch-hitting for just his third at bat of the season, hammered a two-out, two-RBI single to give De Soto a 10-0 lead in the fourth. The Cats then loaded the bases and Smith scored on a balk, setting the final score.
"That says that when you hit down in the lineup, you can get 12 hits in a game," Deghand said.
The win was one of three the Cats would need if they are to make the May 26 trip to the state tournament.
The remaining games were played Wednesday. Results from the games were not available at press time.