The Mid-Missouri Mavericks might need to calm down on the bases.
The Springfield-Ozark Ducks defeated the Mavericks 6-4 on Monday night at Taylor Stadium to tie the series at 1. The Mavericks (2-15) had three players picked off in the game.
Mavericks manager Jack Clark said his team’s base running has been a major problem this season.
“We played OK, but, there’s a couple mental mistakes out there on the bases again,” Clark said. “The same type of thing that has been hurting us. I wish I could put a rope on them and hold them, but I can’t.
“Sometimes, I think they just try to do too much, try to create too much. They need to slow down and let the game come to them.”
The Ducks (9-7) outhit the Mavericks 13 to six, and Ducks starter Jamie Bennett (2-1) earned the win, giving up four runs and four hits in six innings.
In the sixth, Ducks second baseman Alex Taylor singled to center off Mavericks’ reliever John-Paul Glascock to drive in Todd Leathers for a 5-4 lead.
In the eighth, with the bases loaded and one out, Leathers scored another run on Tanner Townsend’s grounder to second off Jason Elkins to secure the win.
The Mavericks had a good chance in the eighth after two consecutive singles by Blake Blasé and Matt Oakes. Blasé got picked off at second, though, and Oehler John and Bryan Weiss grounded out to end the inning.
Glascock (0-2) relieved starter Shane Roelle in the third and pitched for 2 2/3 innings. Elkins pitched the last two innings.
Clark said the relievers threw well, and he said he saw another positive for the Mavericks in the game.
Mid-Missouri signed Weiss before the game, and he hit a solo home run in his debut to bring the Mavericks within 3-1 in the bottom of third.
In the fourth inning, Blasé, the Mavericks’ left fielder, hit a one-out, two-run home run to tie the game at 4. It was his third home run of the season and second in the series.
Earlier in the inning, Nick Saunders doubled to left-center field to drive in Chad Sterbens to bring Mid-Missouri within 4-2.