Miller baseball was playing with a little edge on Monday.
“We have a good team, we felt very disrespected with where we were placed – we had a chip on our shoulder and we came in here and handled our business,” said Miller’s Devin Christopher.
That slight was all the Mavericks needed to beat St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Monday afternoon 2-0, lifting Miller, the tournament’s No. 8 seed, into the VISAA D1 quarterfinals where they’ll face top seeded Benedictine Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Christopher delivered in a huge way, throwing a no-hitter where he walked four and struck out four, leaning on his defense to make routine and not-so-routine plays.
“I don’t know if that’s ever been done here as far as a playoff game,” said Miller’s Jackson Ingram of Christopher’s no-hitter. “I was really happy for him.”
Christopher got big plays from Ingram and others throughout the game to maintain the no-hitter.
“My defense played a huge role,” Christopher said. “Sam Yoder had a really nice play on a slow roller, made a really nice throw, Patrick Rakes had two pop flies, so did Jackson Rosales, having those guys behind me was a really big step for me.”
Ingram and Rakes provided all the offense the Mavericks needed with Rakes singling to right field in the bottom of the third to score Ryan Jones while Ingram hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead to 2-0.
“Previously I’d struck out in a big situation and he threw me a fastball with two strikes so I just shortened up, did my two strike approach and I turned on it,” Ingram said.
Ingram finished 2-for-3 with the homer while Will Townsend and Yoder also had hits.
The Mavericks will face No. 1-seeded Benedictine on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the state quarterfinals. Miller has faced the Cadets three times already this season, most recently earning an 8-7 win over Benedictine earlier this month after two previous defeats.