Mavericks manager Mark Schlosser finally walked out of Taylor Stadium a winner.
Grant Dorn threw seven strong innings, and the Mavericks capitalized on poor fielding to defeat Cook County 7-3 on Tuesday night. Schlosser had lost three straight home games since becoming manager Aug. 17 after Papo Davila resigned.
Mavericks hitters pounded out 14 hits and made good use of Cook County’s four errors. Wes Fewell led the offense with four hits. He also scored three runs and had one RBI.
“It just felt good tonight,” Fewell said.
The turning point was in the fifth inning when the Cheetahs committed three errors in two plays. With the game tied at 2, Fewell led off with a single. Jake Whitesides hit a routine ground ball to first baseman Kevin Brown.
Brown’s throw to second pulled shortstop Taylor Pullins off the bag. Pullins threw wide to first, which allowed Fewell to reach third.
Center fielder Mark Walker then bobbled Bill Greenwell’s single, which allowed Fewell and Whitesides to score, giving the Mavs a 4-2 lead.
The only hit Dorn allowed came in the third inning, Warren Gaspar hit a two-run home run to right field. Dorn struck out five and walked two.
“Knowing you had good stuff and if you do make a mistake, knowing that your hitters are going to come out and pick you up makes you that much more relaxed out on the mound,” Dorn said.
It was the Mavericks’ first win against Cook County in 10 games.
Dorn cruised through the sixth and seventh innings before Chris Barbettini relieved him in the eighth. Dan Moellering threw 1 1/3 innings to pick up his second save.
Joe Nichols hit a solo home run off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the eighth to extend the Mavericks’ lead to 7-3.
“We put the three aspects of the game together; we pitched, we played defense, and we hit the ball,” Greenwell said.