Germantown roars into semifinal series against powerhouse Oxford
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:00 PM
GLUCKSTADT - The Germantown Mavericks needed just two games to defeat Saltillo last week in the second round of the 5A North State Playoffs to set up a quarterfinal matchup with Oxford that begins today.
Chance Cotten and the Mavs pitching staff will try to stifle a good Oxford team this weekend.
The Mavs (23-7) beat Saltillo 11-3 in the first game last Thursday, and followed that with a 4-3 win in the second game Friday. They had to come from behind to win both games, but Germantown pitchers held Saltillo hitters to 10 hits in 12 innings.
Conner McGraw got the win Thursday after allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. Ross Buckley took the win in Game Two on Friday, also allowing one earned run, but in six innings of work. He struck out five and didn't walk anyone.
While Germantown's pitchers were dealing, Mav hitters were lighting up the scoreboard. The Mavs pounded out 21 hits and drew two walks.
Oxford (24-8) should offer the Mavericks a different kind of challenge.
The Chargers are coming off a 2-1 series win over Lewisburg in which they lost the first game 4-1, but rebounded to win the second two games by a combined score of 19-4.
The Region 2-5A champs don't hit as well as Germantown, but with 76 stolen bases and a team earned run average of 2.10, it's easy to see why Oxford has gone this deep in the playoffs.
Sophomore Houston Roth has had a monstrous season, and comes into the weekend series with an 11-0 record, a 1.62 ERA and 53 strikeouts to just 17 walks.
Germantown coach Brian Hardy has said all along that he doesn't have an ace, but several above-average pitchers he feels comfortable starting in any situation.