Mavs Flex Muscle With Trio Of Wins

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The Rim Country Middle School Mavericks are producing some of the White Mountain League's most successful football and softball teams.

As evidence, fans need to look no further than to last week's action when the Mavs easily won three of four games against WML rival Heber-Overgaard.

The RCMS eighth-grade football team (2-0) romped over the Mustangs 20-0 on PHS field. On the Lady Horn softball diamond, the eighth-grade RCMS softball team (1-1) thumped Heber 21-1.

In seventh-grade softball action in Heber, the Mavericks ambushed the Mustangs 13-4.

The only RCMS team to lose was the seventh-grade football squad which dropped a 2-0 decision.

"We just couldn't get any offense going and they picked up a safety," RCMS coach Ned Schall said.

In the eighth-graders gridiron win, the Mavericks were often their own worst enemy. Numerous mental mistakes, execution flaws and several flags stalled the RCMS express as it struggled for a jump start.

As coaches on the sidelines pleaded for the young Mavericks to focus on the job at hand, the players finally got in the game and coasted to the win.

The eighth-grade softball win was buoyed by Tiffany Klemstein's pitching and Tamara Crabtree's hitting. Klemstein turned in a pitching gem that included eight strikeouts in just three innings. Crabtree pounded out a double, single and had five RBIs and two runs scored.

For the seventh-grade diamond crew (1-0), Jennifer Johnson picked up the win striking out seven while issuing no bases on balls. Hannah Pilandri scored three runs.

The eighth-graders return to action Sept. 12 when both teams travel to Lakeside for 3:30 p.m. games against Blue Ridge.

In Payson, also Sept. 12, the RCMS seventh-graders play host to Blue Ridge. Games also are 3:30 p.m.

There is no admission charge to WML games.

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