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14-U Maniax go undefeated in Diamonds & Dads Classic

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HAMMOND — The Brusly 14-U Maniax went undefeated to win the Diamonds &Dads Classic at North Oak Park, on the campos of Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Maniax went undefeated in bracket play after winning one pool game and tying in another pool game.

“I really think we’ve improved each weekend we’ve played,” Coach Julie Mayeux said. “These kids work extremely hard and do whatever we ask. Defensively, they’ve gotten much better, along with great offense.”Mayeux said.

Brusly poured over the storm 14-0 after beating the same team 4-1 in the first game.

“The morning games are really good,”Mayeux said. “I think they were too tired and you just catch them like that. At the same time, we came out on fire.”

The team started slow, but shook off the cobwebs quickly.

“In our first game, you could tell we were off a week and a half, so it took time to get back in the groove,”Mayeux said.“I didn’t worry much because this team works well together and bonds really well. They’re neat to be around.”

Kiyana Thymes had one of her best tournament showings of the seaosn, Mayeux said.

Tymes was consistent on bunting and moving runners.

“She’s very aggressive and makes things happen,”she said. “She was asked to bunt a lot and advance the runners, and she did a good job of that.”

Mayeux was also pleased with hitting and fielding efforts by Johnette Fitzgerald, who finished .500 at the plate.

Madison St. Roman, who attends Catholic-Pointe Coupee, went 6-for-9 at the plate.

“They all do big things, plus Carli David pitched very well ... outstanding in the championship game,”Mayeux said.

It’s not one group of standouts that make things click for the Maniax, Mayeux said.

“Other weekends, it may be four different people,”she said. “They step up and do what they need to do.”

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