Baseball: Rio Rico shortstop sets 2 records

2013-04-26T00:00:00Z Baseball: Rio Rico shortstop sets 2 recordsChuck Constantino Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

If you blinked, you might have missed Rio Rico senior shortstop Ben Mauseth.

The four-year starter and team captain broke two state records this season, with a .681 batting average and 55 stolen bases.

Mauseth, a Grand Canyon University commitment, will leave Rio Rico with plenty of records.

But his proudest accomplishment is the team's 15-11 season, a program best. The Hawks will try to improve that mark when they face Payson in the first round of the Division III state tournament on Tuesday.

Second-year coach Eli Doyle said he couldn't ask anything more of Mauseth.

"He's a leader, captain, he's everything," Doyle said. "He's the type of guy if a player is down, he'll pick them up. He's all positive."

Here's a look at Mauseth's four-year career with the Hawks:

Freshman year

• What he did: Mauseth made the varsity team as a first-year player.

• Big number: 2. Two games in, Mauseth cracked the starting lineup.

• Best game: Against Sahuarita, Mauseth went 3 for 3 and stole two bases.

• Quotable: "Since I was young, people didn't expect much. It drove me to prove them wrong."

Sophomore year

• What he did: Mauseth worked with former Toronto Blue Jays and Tucson Toros manager Tim Johnson during the summer before his sophomore year. Johnson helped convince Mauseth he could play shortstop.

• Big number: Mauseth had an on-base percentage of .395 and always looked to run. He finished with 17 stolen bases.

• Best game: Mauseth hit a ground-rule double and a home run in a win over Cholla. His friend and teammate of four seasons, Enrique Silva, also hit a home run.

• Quotable: "Tim told me I need to get on base and steal bags. He taught me the best ways to get better."

Junior year

• What he did: Mauseth took on more of a leadership role as an upperclassman. He posted an on-base percentage of .586, scored 31 runs and finished with 35 RBIs. He also stole 34 bases.

• Big numbers: Mauseth batted .520 with 39 hits and five home runs.

• Best game: Rio Rico was running late for a game at Desert Christian and couldn't find the field. Once they did, the Hawks had no time for warm-ups. Mauseth simply put his cleats on and walked to the plate. Two pitches in, he hit a 350-foot home run to right field; Rio Rico won 10-0, handing Desert Christian its first loss of the year.

• Quotable: "My family drove over to Desert Christian to watch me and missed my homer because they couldn't find the park, too."

Senior year

• What he did: Mauseth hit a state record .681 with 40 runs scored, 31 RBIs, 22 walks and seven triples during the regular season.

• Big number: His 55 stolen bases are a state record.

• Best game: The Hawks beat Sahuarita 9-2 in the season opener, the first of five straight wins. The streak is the longest in Mauseth's four years at Rio Rico.

• Quotable: "I'm glad I could leave my mark someplace in this world. Seems like I'm doing it. I'm happy all those hours I stayed home and put in the work. Its starting to pay off and it shows. I'm thankful I am where I am today."

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