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Maxwell Panthers claim section championship

The Maxwell Panthers varsity baseball team poses for a section championship photo during their big win last Saturday.

It’s been over 10 years since the Maxwell varsity baseball team claimed a championship title, but the long-awaited victory came May 21, with a 28-3 win over Dunsmuir at Shasta College, in Redding.

With a first round playoff bye, the Panthers played their first playoff match-up against Loyalton on May 17 on their own field.

Maxwell bats came to life in the four-run second inning, starting when Steven Avery loped an RBI double to left field.

Brody Jones and Walter Avery each added two hits, while Shane Danley, Trey Grishaber, and Berto Lara tallied one hit each and RBI throughout the contest.

Tyler Moss pitched a gem to take the win from the mound, giving up two unearned runs in the top of the sixth, seven strikeouts, and allowing just three hits during the 9-3 victory.
Walter Avery closed out the game in his lone inning, allowing one unearned run and striking out two.

On the road to the Division VII championship game, the Panthers put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning, mostly in part to walks by Dunsmuirs pitcher Anthony Maria.

Maxwell weathered a scare in the second inning, coughing up three runs to their five. With the championship in their grasp, the Panthers tallied 15 runs in the third inning with doubles by Steven Avery, Walter Avery, and Shane Danley.

Massey Baker was on the hill for Maxwell, lasting four innings, allowing five hits and three runs, while striking out eight and walking one, towards the 28-3 championship win.
Danley and Berto Lara each collected three hits to lead Maxwell.

“The kids have worked extremely hard over the last three months to get to this game, and I couldn’t be more proud,” said head coach Tyler Wells.■

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