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High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig - HIGHSCORE
High school football: Unconventional Arkansas coach that never punts lands college head coaching gig
Kevin Kelley approached and accomplished things on the high school football field few have ever done. The Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) head football coach announced Thursday he was leaving his post to take the same job at NCAA FCS program Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

The nine-time state champion has earned national attention for his statistical-driven, no-punt, high risk-high reward approach while piling up head-spinning numbers at the small (1,221 enrollment K-12), private, independent school in central Arkansas.

The 51-year-old's revolutionary offenses and methods were featured on segments of 60 Minutes, HBO's Real Sports and NFL Films and he once was a guest speaker at MIT. He was a pioneer of analytics in the high school game.

In 18 seasons, he boasted a record of 216-29-1 and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.

His rise in fame coincided with the invention of numbers-driven MaxPreps.com and he quickly became the poster coach for entering team and individual statistics. His teams often ranked near or at the top of all offensive categories.
Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
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Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
Among the Bruins' remarkable feats since 2004:

* Scoring more than 600 points 13 times and at least 700 seven times, topped out at 790 in 2019 and 789 in 2011.

* That 2011 squad was his only team to finish 15-0. Three other times the Bruins went unbeaten including his final season in 2020 (13-0), the only time they finished No. 1 in the MaxPreps Arkansas computer rankings. They finished ranked second in 2008, 2016 and 2019 and No. 3 in 2011.

* In all but one season (2009), they averaged more than 500 yards per game, while once clearing the 600-yard plateau in 2019. That year, they averaged a ridiculous 648 yards, 439 through the air and 209 on the ground.

* Average yards per game per year since 2010: 529, 537, 513, 556, 516, 581, 550, 571, 597, 648 and 579.

* Points per game since 2014: 50.2, 50.8, 47.8, 56.0, 50.2, 56.4 and 50.7.

* In a 2017 game, the Bruins pilled up what was then a national record 991 total yards during an 86-56 win over Little Rock Christian Academy. Layne Hatcher set a state record with 745 yards passing to go along with nine touchdown passes.

Hatcher is one of the most prolific passers the country has ever seen. He's the state leader with 15,483 career passing yards.  But Hatcher is not nearly alone among Kelley's pupils.

A 2020 story by MaxPreps senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland highlighted that Kelley has coached 12 of the top 100 single-season passing yardage marks in history.
Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.
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Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy's record-setting quarterback in 2017.


NFHS Network offers free Pixellot units to live stream high school sporting events - HIGHSCORE
NFHS Network offers free Pixellot units to live stream high school sporting events
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The NFHS Network, the leader in streaming live and on-demand high school sports, is offering two free Pixellot automated-production units for schools.

The Tuesday announcement is in response to the fallout from COVID-19 and the fact fans might not be allowed to attend many live high school sporting events in the 2020-21 season.

"We recognize that the next several years will be challenging for our high schools and state associations," said Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network. "Many are facing budget cuts and reduced resources, and attendance at athletic and other school events may be restricted.

"From the NFHS Network's inception seven years ago, we have been driven by the goal to create a platform that showcases every high school event across every sport and every level of competition. Consistent with this goal, we want the High School Support Program to demonstrate our continued commitment to help our partner schools manage through the inevitable complications created by COVID-19."

See the complete release here.
Georgia's top-ranked team from 2019 Marietta takes the field for a big game.
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Georgia's top-ranked team from 2019 Marietta takes the field for a big game.
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 6 Mount Notre Dame lone HIGHSCORE Top 25 team with out-of-state MLK matchup - HIGHSCORE
Girls high school basketball rankings: No. 6 Mount Notre Dame lone MaxPreps Top 25 team with out-of-state MLK matchup
Usually, the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend is full of big games with lots of impact on the rankings — but right now, "usual" is a word that's conspicuous by its absence.

There is one team in the MaxPreps Top 25 girls high school basketball rankings playing a major event this weekend that will draw out-of-state competition — No. 6 Mount Notre Dame of Ohio vs. Compass Prep of Arizona. As for ranked teams from different areas of the country going head-to-head? Not likely this year.

Which means that making sense of the national rankings — always a difficult task — is even more complicated in 2021, especially with some states (such as California) not even playing in the winter and thus not included.

Still, we're confident every one of the teams in the list below is a very good. It's just unfortunate that we're unlikely to find out how good, as schools are wisely staying local as much as possible and doing all in their power to keep players, coaches, officials, fans and relatives safe.

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MaxPreps Top 25 Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Record: 11-0 | Last week: 1
The Highlanders took care of a major challenge last week by jumping on No. 14 Montverde early and rolling to a 57-47 win. DME Sports Academy, at 10-3, is Monday's test.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 2
Still looking at a Feb. 1 start.

Record: 8-0 | Last week: 3
It won't be an easy week for Westlake, with 11-1 Langston Hughes on Friday and 8-2 Forest Park on Monday. Though Langston Hughes has the better record, note that Forest Park took No. 14 Montverde to overtime earlier this season.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 4
Wayzata isn't quite as strong as it was last year, when it was Hopkins' main Minnesota rival, but next Tuesday's game should still be a serious test for the No. 4 team in the country.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 5
Another team still sitting in limbo.

Record: 12-0 | Last week: 6
If the Journey to the Tourney can be played this weekend, the Cougars take on Compass Prep of Arizona on Saturday and 11-3 Springboro on Sunday.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 7
There was some concern the Cadets might not play at all this year, but it appears that games will be played and some sort of schedule will be announced soon.

Record: 3-0 | Last week: 8
After disposing of unbeaten Marquette 60-42, the Red Knights have only one game this week — against 1-3 Nerinx Hall.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 9
The Lancers' first game should be played Jan. 21.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 10
Jersey Village is 15-0 — and coming off a 69-0 win Saturday — so that Jan. 13 game might be a serious test. Then again, Jersey Village hasn't played anyone nearly as good as the Cougars.

Record: 6-0 | Last week: 13
If the Tigers hold on to this No. 13 ranking, it will have earned it: First up is powerful Moore on Friday, then rival Norman North on Saturday and finally young but talented Edmonds North on Tuesday. Oklahoma is awfully good this year.

Record: 5-0 | Last week: 12
We'll know a lot more very soon, as the Raiders play once-beaten traditional power Pickerington Central on Thursday, and then unbeaten Wayne on Saturday.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: NR
The Redskins are the first newcomer jumps into the rankings thanks to a big win over previous No. 11. Classen, which had beaten No. 21 DeSoto. But it's one thing to get into the rankings — it's another thing to stay there.

Record: 13-1 | Last week: 14
You can't really punish a team for losing to No. 1, but the Eagles needs to be ready for 12-3 Mekiva on Thursday. At this point, the margin for error is slim.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 15
No word on when or if the Quakers will begin their season.

Record: 18-0 | Last week: 16
That perfect record will be tested by 12-4 Thompson on Friday and perennial power St. Francis of Georgia (now 8-1) Monday.

Record: 4-1 | Last week: 17
As a team that relied heavily on scheduling out-of-area games, New Hope's future slate is uncertain. What is certain is the level of talent on the roster.

Record: 7-0 | Last week: 19
After Friday's game against Harpeth Hall, the Tigers are off until Jan. 26.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 20
The Argonauts are still searching for their first game — which may be harder to find than the golden fleece.

Record: 10-0 | Last week: 25
The Silverwolves have lots of talent in a smaller state, so the next challenge probably won't come until Jan. 22, when Syracuse shows up on the schedule.

Record: 14-1 | Last week: 18
The Eagles should have a relatively easy time of it, at least until Jan. 23. That's the date of the rematch with No. 23 Duncanville.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 22
There's hope for games, but nothing confirmed yet — still, expect some schedule info soon.

Record: 18-1 | Last week: 23
There are three Texas teams in the Top 25 right now — likely there will be only two after the Panthers and DeSoto play Jan. 23.

Record: 0-0 | Last week: 24
It seems less and less likely the Riverhawks will play basketball this winter, but we won't know for sure until a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association meeting Jan. 19.

Record: 9-0 | Last week: NR
With a win over previously unbeaten Madison Central, the Wildcats jump into the Top 25 — which is unfamiliar territory for Mississippi schools.

Dropped out:
No. 11 Classen SAS (Oklahoma City), No. 21 Valley Vista (Surprise, Ariz.).
2020-21 HIGHSCORE Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024 - HIGHSCORE
2020-21 MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team: Derik Queen headlines high school basketball's best from the Class of 2024
Our look at high school basketball's best from the 2020-21 season continues with the MaxPreps Freshman All-America Team, highlighted by National Freshman of the Year Derik Queen of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore.).

Queen, a 6-foot-8 forward regarded as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2024, averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game. He pumped in a season-high 56 points in a 99-55 victory over Annapolis Area Christian.

The promising Baltimore post player joins a list of past winners that includes Marvin Bagley III, LaMelo Ball and Onyeka Okongwu. See the full list of past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year below.

Selections are based on team success, individual production and local, regional and state honors from the recently completed season. Potential at the college or professional level is not a primary consideration. Players in post-graduate or non-scholastic programs are not eligible for inclusion.
Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
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Second team selection Jahseem Felton has already received a handful of college offers, including Florida and Tennessee.
First Team

6-foot-2 | Guard
Big North Conference All-United Division first team selection averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists contest.

6-6 | Forward
District 3-A first team selection averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest to help the Blue Devils to a 22-5 mark.

6-6 | Wing
Highly-touted prospect averaged 12 points, 9 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 62 percent from the field.

6-0 | Guard
Philadelphia native averaged 11.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the field, 42 percent from the 3-point range and 92 percent from the line to help the Mustangs to their first state championship.

MAXPREPS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
6-8 | Forward
Georgetown, LSU, Maryland and Virginia Tech have already extended offers to our pick as the nation's top frosh.

Second Team

6-6 | Wing
Key cog in Class 5A state quarterfinal run averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

6-6 | Wing
All-Skyland Conference honorable mention selection averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest to help lead the Knights to a 7-4 mark.

6-4 | Guard
Elite guard prospect averaged 12 points and 3.5 assists to help the Knights advance to the NCISAA quarterfinals.

6-5 | Guard
Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference first team selection averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists as the Rams advanced to the District III Class 6A semifinals.

6-5 | Forward
All-Shore Conference second team selection averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Third Team

6-8 | Center
Elite post prospect averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per contest while shooting 60 percent from the field.

Curtis Givens, Memphis University
6-0 | Guard
Difference-making guard averaged nine points, four assists and three rebounds to help the Owls advance to the District II-AA state quarterfinals.

Dink Pate, Pinkston (Dallas)
6-6 | Guard
Dallas Morning News Newcomer of the Year averaged 17.7 points per contest.

6-2 | Guard
After making his varsity debut as a seventh-grader, already has 2,199 career points after averaging 27.1 points per game this season.

6-7 | Forward
Highly-regarded forward prospect was key in championship game run.

Past MaxPreps Freshmen of the Year
2020 — Mikey Williams, San Ysidro (San Diego)
2019 — Emoni Bates, Lincoln (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
2018 — Zion Harmon, Adair County (Columbia, Ky.)
2017 — Kyree Walker, Moreau Catholic (Hayward, Calif.)
2016 — LaMelo Ball/Onyeka Okongwu, Chino Hills (Calif.)
2015 — Marvin Bagley III, Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.)
2014 — Cody Riley, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
2013 — Harry Giles, Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
2012 — Malik Newman, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
2011 — Trey Lyles, Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
2010 — Aquille Carr, Patterson (Baltimore)
High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in HIGHSCORE Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped - HIGHSCORE
High school baseball rankings: Friendswood slides to No. 2 in MaxPreps Top 25 after St. Mary Prep's 41-game win streak snapped
St. Mary Prep's rise in the MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings took a slight detour last week after the Eaglets suffered their first loss of of the season, 2-1 to Saline.

The loss dropped St. Mary's Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) five spots to No. 7 and moved undefeated Friendswood (Texas) to No. 2. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), which has finished its season, is at No. 3 while Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) comes in at No. 4.

Buford (Ga.) maintained a firm hold on No. 1 with a first-round sweep of Alexander in the Georgia Class AAAAAA playoffs.

New teams to the rankings this week include Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which defeated previous No. 22 Columbus North (Ind.), undefeated Puyallup (Wash.) and St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.) and Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)

Dropped out: Winter Park (Fla.); Rancho Bernardo (San Diego); Bryant (Ark.); Rocky Mountain (Meridan, Idaho).

Game of the Week: Baylor 5, Farragut 2. The Red Raiders claimed top team in Tennessee with a 5-2 win over Farragut. Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run to lead the win.

Player of the Week: Jack Walker, Barbe. The senior left-hander posted his second no-hitter of the season, only this time it came in the first round of the playoffs. The victory was also Walker's 12th of the year.

Recruit Watch: Roc Riggio, Thousand Oaks. One of the top outfielders in the Class of 2021, Riggio dominated last week with home runs against Oaks Christian and Westlake.

Game to Watch: Lakeland Christian vs. Calvary Christian. Lakeland Christian handed Calvary Christian its first loss of the season back in February with a 4-2 win. The win allowed Lakeland Christian to join the MaxPreps cifnsTop 25 rankings. The two meet again on Thursday in the Florida Class 3A state playoffs.

Streaks: St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) raised its active win streak to 41 in a row before losing to Saline. The loss ended the streak, including an unbeaten streak of 50 games. The longest active win streak in the nation now reverts back to Webster (Wisc.), which held the longest active streak until last week when St. Mary's Prep took the lead. Webster, which hadn't played a game since June 13, 2019, opened its season on April 27 with an 18-0 win over Unity. Webster also defeated Clayton/Turtle Lake, 3-0, to raise its win streak to 39.
Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
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Gunnar Mansfield, Orange Lutheran
MaxPreps Top 25 high school baseball rankings

1. Buford (Ga.)
Record:
31-0 | Last week: 1
Results: Def. Alexander 10-0, 7-2.
Stats: Nathan Smith had a double and a home run in the first game while Dylan Lesko picked up his 10th win of the season. Jax Brockett struck out 11 in the second game for the win.
Next: Wed. vs. Pope.

2. Friendswood (Texas)
Record:
24-0 | Last week: 3
Results: Def. Texas City, 8-1.
Stats: Izaak Pacheco and Dylan Maxcey both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double against Texas City.
Next: Postseason TBD.

3. IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 4
Results: Season over

4. Barbe (Lake Charles, La.)
Record:
35-2 | Last week: 5
Results: Def. Alexandria, 7-1, 10-0.
Stats: Gavin Guidry struck out 15 in the first game against Alexandria while Grant Comeaux had home run. Jack Walker tossed a no-hitter in the second game, striking out 10. Comeaux and Tyler Barrett each hit a home run.
Next: Fri. vs. Haughton.

5. Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.)
Record:
25-2 | Last week: 6
Results: Def. Clearwater, 9-0; def. Jefferson, 10-3
Stats: Tyler Corish had a double and a triple against Clearwater. Wes Mendes and Cole Russo each homered against Jefferson.
Next: Thur. vs. Brandon

6. Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Record:
26-1 | Last week: 7
Results: Def. Lafayette, 10-0.
Stats: Braden Montgomery had a double and two home runs and five RBI against Lafayette.
Next: Thur. vs. South Panola.

7. St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.)
Record:
23-1 | Last week: 2
Results: Def. University of Detroit, 15-0, 15-2; lost to Saline, 2-1; def. Divine Child, 20-8, 11-0.
Stats: Jake Dresselhouse and Ryan McKay each had a double and a home run in the 15-0 win. Dresselhouse also had a home run in the second game against University. Dresselhouse also had a double and home run in a 20-8 win over Divine Child. Thomas Allman had a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the 11-0 win.
Next: Wed. vs. Brother Rice (2)

8. Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: 9
Results: Def. Oaks Christian, 18-1, 15-2; def. Westlake, 7-1.
Stats: Maxwell Muncy, Roc Riggio, Tyler Jackson and Dylan Jackson all homered in the 18-1 win. Muncy also had a grand slam and Dylan Jackson and Charlie Saum each homered in the 15-2 win. Riggio also homered against Westlake.
Next: Wed./Thur. vs. Westlake

9. Stoneman Douglas (Parkland, Fla.)
Record:
23-2 | Last week: 10
Results: Def. Coral Springs, 10-0; def. Monarch, 11-1.
Stats: Chris Arroyo tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Coral Springs. Jake Clemente went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Monarch.
Next: Fri. vs. Santaluces

10. Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Record:
17-2 | Last week: 11
Results: Def. Mountain Pointe, 8-4; def. Corona del Sol, 19-3; def. O'Connor, 12-8.
Stats: Ryan Kucherak had a home run five RBI against Corona del Sol. Josh Tiedemann drove in five runs and Cholowsky had two home runs against O'Connor
Next: Wed. vs. Mountain Ridge

11. Gregory-Portland (Portland, Texas)
Record:
29-2-1 | Last week: 14
Results: Def. Hebronville, 11-1; def. Ray, 6-3.
Stats: Walker Janek hit a grand slam and Robbie Spencer added a home run against Ray. Janek also doubled against Hebronville.
Next: Sat. vs. United (Laredo)

12. Lakeland Christian (Lakeland, Fla.)
Record:
25-1 | Last week: 15
Results: Def. Windermere Prep, 5-1; def. Tampa Prep, 10-0.
Stats: Hunter Laurell homered against Windermere Prep. Ty Evans had three doubles and Ryan Jenkins had a double and a triple against Tampa Prep.
Next: Thur. vs. Calvary Christian (Clearwater).

13. Baylor (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Record:
21-3 | Last week: 19
Results: Def. McCallie, 8-2, 3-2; def. Farragut, 5-2.
Stats: Cooper Kinney had a double and a home run in the 8-2 win. He also had a double and a home run against Farragut.
Next: Tue. vs. Silverdale Academy

14. Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Record:
27-4-2 | Last week: 12
Results: Def. Westlake, 3-1, lost to Westlake, 2-1
Stats: Kaeden Kent was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
Next: Fri./Sat. vs. Vista Ridge.

15. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)
Record:
28-3 | Last week: 13
Results: Def. Calallen, 4-1.
Stats: Aidan Coleman was 2-for-3 with an RBI against Calallen.
Next: Postseason TBD

16. Pleasant Grove (Utah)
Record:
19-0 | Last week: 21
Results: Def. Corner Canyon, 19-3, 16-0, 3-2.
Stats: Jordan Pace and Ryker Schow both hit home runs in the 19-3 win. Tate Lewis had two doubles in the second win.
Next: Tues/Thur vs. American Fork

17. Parkview Baptist (Baton Rouge, La.)
Record:
30 -0 | Last week: 23
Results: Def. Haynes Academy, 13-1, 9-0.
Stats: Hunter Ponson had two home runs and five RBI while Caleb Stelly had a home run in the 13-1 win. Ryan Harland had a perfect game with 19 strikeouts in the 9-0 win.
Next: tt

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.)
Record:
14-1 | Last week: 24
Results: Def. Clovis East, 15-1, 6-3, 15-1.
Stats: Austin Young went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the first 15-1 win.
Next: Tues. vs. Clovis

19. Roff (Okla.)
Record:
30-0 | Last week: 25
Results: Def. Cement, 20-0; def. Tipton, 10-0, 10-0.
Stats: Cade Baldridge and Trayson Miller each homered against Cement. Baldridge also had a grand slam against Tipton.
Next: Postseason TBD.

20. Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Record:
29-4 | Last week: 8
Results: Def. Maryville, 5-3; lost to Pigeon Forge 5-0, lost to Baylor, 5-2.
Stats: Hudson Seiglar had a double and 2 RBI against Maryville.
Next: Postseason TBD

21. Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Record:
19-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Columbus North, 4-0; def. Jeffersonville, 7-4; def. Atherton, 17-0.
Stats: Matthew Klein had two doubles against Columbus North. Korbyn Dickerson had two triples against Jeffersonville and two home runs against Atherton. Daylen Lile also homered against Atherton.
Next: Thur. vs. Shelby County.

22. Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.)
Record:
17-1-1 | Last week: 22
Results: Def. Southport 10-3, def. Cathedral, 1-0; lost to Trinity (Louisville), 4-0.
Stats: Reese Harmon and Kyler McIntosh both had triples against Southport. Will Baker tossed a two-hitter with nine strikeouts against Cathedral.
Next: Tue. vs. Noblesville; Thur. vs. Greenwood.

23. Puyallup (Wash.)
Record:
16-0 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. South Kitsap, 13-1, 10-1, def. Olympia, 4-3.
Stats: Jacob Yang hit one out in the 13-1 win. Garrett Ringer had two doubles in the 10-1 win.
Next: Postseason TBD

24. St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.)
Record:
15-0-1 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Collegiate, 6-3, 13-1, Miller of Albemarle, 4-2.
Next: Tue. vs. Woodberry Forest.

25. Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)
Record:
16-2 | Last week: NR
Results: Def. Servite, 5-1, 1-0, 9-4
Stats: Max Andeel went 3-for-5 in the 9-4 win.
Next: Tue./Wed. vs. Mater Dei.