Both Maize high schools win state baseball championships

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Maize, Kan. is a baseball town. The Maize Eagles and Maize South Mavericks are state champions on the diamond.

The Eagles were able to rally from down 4-0 to St. Thomas Aquinas to beat them on a walk-off 2RBI single from Jacob Taylor for the Class 5A State Championship at Eck Stadium.

“We always fight, we never stop fighting until it's the last inning, you know we were right there, we just kind of kept going, Taylor said. “We have this little thing it's called gum time, it's pretty much our rally cry, we all put in a big wad of gum and just chew it up until we start winning and that's what we did and we got the W."

The Mavericks meanwhile held off a late comeback from Ottawa to beat the Cyclones 7-5 and take the 4A D1 title, their first baseball championship in program history.

"You know there's a lot of kids that have come through in eight years for us and this is for our seniors, our administration, our kids that have graduated this is all for them and our seniors know that. It's a great feeling,” head coach Chad Christensen said.