Mid-Missouri can’t win them all in its last at bat.
Washington starter Ben Ally shut down the Mavericks offense in the Wild Things’ 6-1 win against Mid-Missouri on Sunday night at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks ended their season-high five-game winning streak.
The Mavericks (26-38) had won their previous three games in the bottom of the ninth.
Ally (6-5) allowed three hits and one run in eight innings, striking out seven and walking none. At one point he retired 14 in a row.
“(Ally) was one of the more dominant pitchers that we’ve seen in a long time,” Mavs first baseman Bill Greenwell said. “He threw pretty hard and kept the balls on the corners and down, so whenever a pitcher does that, he’s going to be hard.”
Jake Whitesides again provided excitement off the bench in the eighth inning. With the Mavs trailing 6-1, Whitesides singled to right to put runners on the corners with one out. But Adam Rittenhouse fouled out on the first base side and Cooper Vittitow flied out to deep right to end the threat.
Whitesides, who has a leg injury, is 2-for-2 with a triple and a walk as a pinch-hitter in the past three games.
“Whitesides is a respectable hitter and a good ballplayer,” Mavs manager Papo Davila said. “My last three hitters don’t have the experience like (Whitesides) has.
“He’s been hurt for about the last five games, but he’s now day-by-day,” Davila said.
Ally received run support right away, as the Wild Things (37-25) scored in each of the first three innings off Mid-Missouri starter Lenny Bays (6-6). An RBI groundout in the first by Jon Cahill scored Blake Woods, who led off with a triple.
The Mavs tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the inning when Rittenhouse scored on Greenwell’s sacrifice fly. Greenwell leads the Frontier League with 54 RBIs.
The Wild Things responded in the next inning. A fielder’s choice by Jason Kane gave Washington a 2-1 lead. Washington extended its lead with a pair of RBI sacrifice flies in the third by Jay Coakley and Doug Garcia to make the score 4-1.
Bays lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, four runs and two walks.
“(Bays) has been pitching great, great games over the last three appearances, and today was not his day,” Davila said.
“He tried to throw harder than before, and I believe that was one of the principal things — that he lost his strike zone.”
The Wild Things added two more runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Mavericks reliever Ryan Bogardus walked Zach Cates, who stole second and scored on Josh Loggins’ RBI single.
Loggins then stole second and came home when Garcia singled back through the box. Loggins stole two bases on the night.