This Peanut broke out of his shell at the wrong time for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks.
Peanut Williams, Windy City’s center fielder, had a career day as the Thunderbolts pounded the Mavericks 16-10 at Taylor Stadium on Tuesday.
Williams went 5-for-5 with three home runs, nine RBIs, six runs scored, a double and a walk. He entered the game with no home runs.
“(Williams) seemed like he was seeing the ball well,” Mavs center fielder Brent Metheny said.
After rallying to tie the game at 5 in the fifth, the Thunderbolts seemed to break things open for good with Williams’ help.
Manny Santillen (0-1), who joined the Mavericks earlier Tuesday, loaded the bases with the first three batters he faced by giving up a double, walk and single. He then walked Jerome McCoy to give the Thunderbolts a 6-5 lead.
Blake Woods grounded out to first but drove home Kerron Walker to stretch the lead to 7-5. Santillen intentionally walked Nick Johnson to face Williams. Williams then hit a 3-1 fastball over the right-center field wall for a grand slam and a 11-5 lead.
An unusually resilient Mavs offense rallied back in the sixth, scoring two runs off two Kory Bell wild pitches.
The Mavs narrowed the gap more in the seventh. Tim Richt and Matt Oakes started the inning with back-to-back singles. Mid-Missouri loaded the bases after David Giorgis’ hit a knuckling liner that hit McCoy in the head at shortstop.
Mavs second baseman Dusty Hillman drove Richt and Oakes in with a single. Two batters later, Giorgis scored on a wild pitch to narrow the gap to 11-10.
That was as close as Mid-Missouri (3-22) would get; Blake Blase and Nick Saunders struck out with runners on second and third to end the inning.
Metheny, who played his first game for the Mavs, said, “I don’t know this team, but if we keep scoring 10 runs, we’ll win a lot of ballgames.”
Williams wasn’t done. He hit a two-run home-run into the trees behind the center field fence in the eighth and hit a towering shot over the right field wall for a three-run shot to drive in the last five runs for Windy City (14-7).
“I don’t think [Williams] will see as many pitches tomorrow,” Metheny said. “We might give him four balls a couple of times.
The Mavs scored four runs in the fifth inning. Down 5-1, Saunders drove in two runs with a double. Metheny added an RBI groundout, and Richt doubled to left center to tie the game at 5.
“We’re picking up,” Oakes said. “We’re playing closer games, and we’re starting to swing the bats a little.”