Mavs look for fresh start

Monday, June 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:35 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Everything worked well for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday.

The Mavericks routed the Springfield-Ozark Ducks 12-5 at Taylor Stadium, getting 16 hits and scoring in five consecutive innings.

Manager Jack Clark said the team’s intensity and passion in Sunday’s game are what he has been looking for all season. He said the win will have positive effects.

“Before the game, we kind of talked about today is the start of the season for us,” Clark said. “Stop looking at the standings, see where we are at, see how bad we are doing. It started today.

“We started (the season) behind because we were trying to put things together.”

The Mavericks (2-14) ended an 11-game losing streak.

Third baseman Nick Saunders and second baseman Dusty Hillman led the Mavericks. Saunders had four RBIs and went 4-for-4 with a walk, and Hillman had three RBIs and went 2-for-4.

The Mavericks scored six runs on six hits in the third inning to build a 7-1 lead.

Saunders hit a two-run triple off Ducks starter Luis Villareal (0-3). Blake Blase walked, then Saunders scored a run on Matt Oakes’ single. Blase reached home on Joe Nichols’ sacrifice fly to center field. John Oehler singled to left field and scored on Hillman’s double, which also drove in Oakes.

Springfield (8-7) trimmed the Mavericks lead to 7-4 in the top of fourth on left fielder Brian Kirby’s three-run home run off starter Jason Wiedmeyer.

The Mavericks scored on Saunders’ sacrifice fly in fourth and Hillman’s double in fifth to move ahead 9-4, then scored three in the sixth.

The Ducks scored a run in eighth.

Wiedmeyer got his first win of the season, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings.

Blase hit a solo home run in the second to tie the game at 1. It was his second home run of the season.

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