There was a new manager, but in the end a similar result.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks struggles continued Sunday night. They lost to the River City Rascals 7-1 at Taylor Stadium.
Mark Schlosser, appointed manager before the game after Papo Davila’s resignation, was unable to grab a victory in his debut.
“I’d like to win every game,” Schlosser said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the first, second or 20th or last, but I want to win every night we go out. We were just a little flat tonight and understandably so.”
Mid-Missouri (29-47) managed three hits against River City starter Aaron Ledbetter, who pitched a complete game. Ledbetter (2-0) struck out five and walked none.
“Their pitcher threw a hell of a game,” Schlosser said. “He threw a really good game, especially in this heat.”
Kelly Martin (1-2) started for the Mavericks but was removed after the Rascals (35-41) scored three in the third and one in the fourth.
The start was Martin’s third of the season, but he did not fare well, allowing four runs in as many innings, while walking three. He allowed six hits and picked up the loss.
Brian Ross came on in the fourth for the Mavs and turned in four solid innings, keeping Mid-Missouri in the game. He allowed no hits, no runs and no walks while striking out one.
“He gave us some gems,” Schlosser said. “We really only wanted him for a couple innings, but he had a really low pitch count, and he really threw well.”
Ryan Bogardus pitched the Mid-Missouri ninth, but struggled, allowing three runs on four hits in a third of an inning. The Mavericks went quietly in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
After getting the Rascals out in order through the first two innings, Martin seemingly hit a wall in the third and struggled with the Rascal lineup.
First baseman Josh Ury started the scoring for River City with a single to center that scored two.
Chris Klosterman later singled to score another run and put River City up 3-0.
After Klosterman’s single, Martin walked the bases loaded, but escaped without further damage.
A good play by shortstop Cooper Vittitow and a long stretch by first baseman Blake Blase got the Mavericks out of the inning.
The Rascals added another run in the fourth inning on a Lucas Taylor single to center that scored Justin Christian and Ledbetter did the rest.
“Everything felt good tonight,” Ledbetter said. “I was able to mix it up and throw good pitches when I needed to.”
Jake Whitesides hit his Frontier League-leading ninth triple of the season in the eighth inning and later scored the Mavs’ lone run on a Bill Greenwell sacrifice fly.