Memorial's Kody Eaves powers his team through a seven-run first inning. Above: Eaves leads off the game with a double to right field. Below left: Eaves slides into second ahead of the throw from right. Below right: Eaves slams another double later in the inning.
Memorial High senior Kody Eaves handled the start, the finish and everything in between on Saturday night as the Mavericks pounded Baytown Sterling for the second straight game and advanced to the area round of the state Class 5A playoffs.
Eaves pitched a one-hitter and was just as dominate at the plate, stroking two doubles in the first inning and ending the game with a grand slam in a 12-0 rout for the Mavericks at Clear Brook High School.
Eaves' grand slam stopped the game on the run rule in the fifth inning.
The Mavs pounced for seven runs in the first inning and another five in the fifth. After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series by one run, Memorial outscored the Rangers 25-4 over the final two games.
The Mavericks will take on Dulles in area round action. Dulles beat Clear Lake 3-1 in the deciding game of their best-of-three series on Saturday.
Eaves led off the game with a double to the right-field fence. Brady Toler followed with an RBI double and Jordan Wyatt an RBI single. A bases-loaded walk and a Sterling error led to three more runs.
Eaves came up again in the inning and banged a two-run double, again to right field.
In the fifth, he cleared the right-field wall with his grand slam. He finished the night 4-for-4 at the plate.
Kody Eaves en route to a one-hit shutout.
Memorial catcher Dillon Gallardo fires to first to retire Sterling's David Snyder after a strikeout in the dirt.
A run that got away -- Sterling pitcher Christian Rios tags out Memorial's Ricky Gallardo at the plate in the first inning. Gallardo tried to score on a pitch that skipped away from the catcher.