Varsity Softball

Maize South softball plays 'worst' game 5 days after its best

Maize South pitcher Ashley Thissen is the only pitcher to beat Carroll in the regular season in the past six years, and she has done it twice.
Maize South pitcher Ashley Thissen is the only pitcher to beat Carroll in the regular season in the past six years, and she has done it twice. The Wichita Eagle

Thursday, Maize South handed Carroll its second regular-season loss in the past five years.

The Mavericks also handed Carroll its first such loss last season, but Tuesday, coach Mike Tinich said that same intensity was not there against Eisenhower. Maize South lost a doubleheader opener 9-3 and settled for a split with a 5-3 win in Game 2.

"That's the worst that we have played all year," Tinich said. "We had seven errors that resulted in eight of the nine runs."

Thursday in a 6-3 victory over Carroll, Maize South outhit the Eagles and forced them into one more error. Ashley Thissen was the winning pitcher for the second straight year.

She struck out six and walked only one after throwing a 98-pitch complete game. And she got run support early. Carley Sterneker drove in a run, and after Carroll tied it, Lauren Johnson delivered another blow.

But those shots never came against Eisenhower. The Tigers' Natalie Haywood was outstanding from the circle, not allowing a run until the seventh inning.

Eisenhower coach Amber Brunswig said her team doesn't try to play the transitive game of "they beat Carroll, and we beat them, so we can beat Carroll."

"We more focus on our game," Brunswig said. "We focus on what we need to accomplish and what our priorities are."

Maize South rebounded in Game 2 but parody in high school softball had been shown.

"We have the talent to play with anybody in the state," Tinich said. "The thing is we gotta come out and play every game, and we haven't been doing that."

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