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Marist remains unbeaten as regular season winds down
by Maurice Dixon
April 08, 2014 04:27 PM | 3226 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Marist senior Chris McGrath and the War Eagles have won 17 straight games.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Marist senior Chris McGrath and the War Eagles have won 17 straight games.
Last Friday, the Marist War Eagles added another impressive victory to their undefeated resume with a 10-0 triumph over Stone Mountain in six innings.

Senior Michael Toner had nine strikeouts, while allowing just one hit and no walks for the 17-0 War Eagles, who also improved to 9-0 in Region 6-AAAA.

Senior Matt McGee and junior Will Pearson both drove in two runs apiece and Trey Oates, Andrew Houghton and Webb George all had an RBI.

After striking out two batters in the first inning, Toner struck out the side in the second before McGee produced the first run of the game—a sacrifice fly to right to plate Patrick Sullivan. Two batters later, Oates doubled to left to bring home Houghton.

Toner continued to roll in the third, striking out all three batters again then his final opponent in the fourth before Marist extended its margin to seven runs.

“Michael did a very nice job and he’s been very consistent,” Marist baseball coach Mike Strickland said. “We’ve been very fortunate and have gotten a lot of very good pitching performances up to this point in the year.”

To start the rout in the fourth, Matt Perez scored on a double to left by McGee. Then Houghton plated McGee with a double to left. The War Eagles had three more runs in the frame as a result of Stone Mountain errors.

In relief of Toner, Liam Cotter had a strikeout in the fifth and fellow senior Tyler Hughes added two in the sixth before Pearson ended the game with a two-run double which led to the mercy rule.

However despite the War Eagles’ seventh double-digit win of the season, Strickland still sees room for improvement.

“We’re not as efficient as we need to be offensively,” Strickland said. “That’s obviously something we’ve got to work on and our defense has got to get better. We’ve got to do a better job of making routine plays and defending.”

Up next for Marist is Loganville at home Friday.

“We are not even thinking about them,” Strickland said. “We’ve really got to work hard on Marist in practice in order to get ready for them. We will start thinking about those guys probably in the middle of the week but right now we know that we need to do a lot of work on Marist.”

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