The Rim Country Middle School Maverick baseball team posted an 8-6 record in its second year of existence.
Coached by Ted Pearce, Pat Haynes and former Longhorn varsity coach Bruce Haught, the team participated in a middle school/junior high-age league with Globe, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Coolidge, Big Park and Florence.
Although the baseball team represents RCMS, it does not receive any funding from the school district. It operates with donations, private funding and through benefits.
The team made its debut last season under the leadership of Maurice Sweet.
According to team statistics, the offensive leaders of the this year's squad were Ridge Halenar and Adam Haught who both played about 80 innings of baseball. Halenar finished with a .410 batting average and Haught hit at a .409 clip.
Defensively, statistics reveal first baseman Oliver Lewinson posted a .989 fielding average. Haught, a second basemen, is credited with a .969 average. Both players committed just one error each all season, team statistician Susie Haught said.
The pitchers included Anthony Pearce, Tyler Savage, Hunter Haynes and Halenar.
According to stats, Haynes posted an ERA of 5.10 in 47 innings. In facing 124 batters, he had 15 strikeouts, walked nine and allowed 27 hits. Of those hits, six were for extra bases.
Following the middle school season, many of the RCMS players went on to participate on Payson's 14-years-and-under Babe Ruth team that plays in the Valley. Some also are on the Payson Senior League All-Star team that will represent the community in a postseason tournament July 1 at Payson High School.