Big day for Maples as Crusaders close out tournament play 

File photo – Tyler Maples

Sophomore Tyler Maples had a monster day at the plate on Saturday, as St. Bernard’s closed out the Estrella Foothills Wolves Classic tournament with a victory in Arizona.

The Crusaders defeated Independence 13-0 and finished 2-1 at the two-day event.

The young Maples continued to impress and went 5-for-5 with a triple, a double and two RBIs.

He wasn’t the only St. Bernard’s player to have a good day.

Michael Manzi continued his outstanding freshman campaign with the team and pitched six strong innings for the victory on the mound.

Manzi allowed just one earned run, while striking out four, and also had an impact at the plate where he went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

Fellow freshman Tyler Hinrichs also had a big day for the young Crusaders and went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

Hinrichs also had a big day behind the plate, catching all seven innings.

The Crusaders opened tournament play with a doubleheader split on Friday, dropping their opener to Snowflake by a score of 13-0 before bouncing back to beat Buckeye 16-0.

The Crusaders, who are now 8-6, will return to league play next Saturday when they travel to Ferndale for a doubleheader.

St. Bernard’s is 4-0 in the Little 4.

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