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Spartans catch first MAC title in quite a while

Spartans catch first MAC title in quite a while

The offense delivered barely enough. The protection was almost impeccable. The contributing locked in difficult spots.

It’s anything but a natural subject for Pleasant Valley High School’s ball club this mid year.

The outcome was a through and through Mississippi Athletic Conference title.

Class 4A highest level PV cleared Davenport West 4-1 and 2-1 Monday night at the Spartan Complex to secure its first association title in quite a while.

“We got it and it implies a ton to this group,” senior Alex Clemons said. “The recent years, we’ve been close yet never accomplished it. This will fuel us for the remainder of the year.”

PV (25-2, 16-0 MAC) can polish off an immaculate go through the meeting with a breadth over Muscatine on Thursday. From that point onward, it is tied in with making a push toward a state title in the not so distant future.

“At the point when we made some note cards before we began the season, a ton of folks put winning a MAC title on there,” senior Matthew Meyer said. “A state title was higher, however a (meeting title) was a significant standard for us.”

Pitching moved mentor Derek Stecklein’s group.

A.J. Bynum and Clemons joined on a two-hitter in the opener. Meyer and Alex Melvin joined for the success in the nightcap as PV brought down its group ERA underneath 2.50 for the season.

West (20-7, 10-4) had abundant freedoms yet never could deliver the convenient hit.

In Game 1, the Falcons had two on and one out in the third inning and couldn’t score. They had the bases stacked in the fifth and came up void.

It was business as usual in Game 2. West had two on board and no outs in the 6th, yet Melvin came in and recorded successive strikeouts and a ground out to squirm out of the edge.

“We’ve been in some major event conditions and in some predicaments this year,” Stecklein said. “We appear to figure out how to receive in return.

“It is great to see our folks remaining forceful, as yet assaulting and as yet playing our game regardless the circumstance is. That was another illustration of us doing that.”

Clemons had three hits, including two duplicates, in the opener. Drew Micek multiplied and scored the winning sudden spike in demand for Ryan Thoreson fielder’s choice in the fifth. Meyer and Brooks Reiter had RBI singles in the 6th against West starter Chance Dreyer.

Meyer gave PV’s solitary offense in the nightcap. After sequential strolls to Seth Clausen and Clemons, Meyer took Noah Thompson’s 1-0 pitch to right-community for a two-run twofold in the fourth inning to give the Spartans the lead.

“We were battling,” Meyer said. “I needed to assume control over some stuff and I was sitting tight for that ideal pitch. I saw that pitch, pulled out all the stops and it ended up being a twofold for me.

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