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GLUCKSTADT — It may be one game in March, but Germantown’s 9-3 win over in-county rival Madison Central served notice that the Mavericks intend to compete in Region 4.

Germantown got a solid start out of right-hander J.P. Robertson and took advantage of six Jaguar errors in route to a blowout win on a cold, damp night.

“We’ll always take the help,” Germantown coach Brian Hardy said. “They gave us those first couple of runs, then we gave them a few back a couple innings later. It was sort of a sloppy game, but I thought our guys took advantage of situations a little better tonight.”

Everything that could go wrong for the defending state champions did exactly that in the first inning.

MC starter Chase Russell appeared to have escaped a bases-loaded jam, but a dropped fly ball in right field off the bat of Hampton Ross cleared the bases for Germantown (9-4). Two batters later, Conner Ware drove in a run with an RBI single to center field to run the Maverick lead to 4-0.

Another throwing error gave Germantown a 5-0 lead before Russell struck out the ninth batter of the inning for the third out.

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