A No. 6 seed at last year's Catawba Valley 2A baseball tournament, the Maiden Blue Devils enter Thursday's first round as the No. 2 overall seed.
It's been a turnaround season for the Blue Devils, who are 15-8 overall and 10-4 in the CVAC after finishing one game below .500 in 2011.
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