The Mid-Missouri Mavericks still can’t solve the Windy City offense.
The Mavs lost 8-2 to the Windy City ThunderBolts on Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium, after allowing 16 runs Tuesday night.
The ThunderBolts got to Mavericks starter Jason Wiedmeyer (1-2) early and won their eighth consecutive game. The Mavericks lost their seventh straight.
“(The ThunderBolts) are a pretty good team,” Mid-Missouri manager Jack Clark said.
“They’ve been together a year or so, and their manager knows what they can do, too. They’re going to be one of the best teams in both divisions.”
Wiedmeyer allowed the first three ThunderBolts to reach base in the first inning, setting the stage for Peanut Williams, Tuesday night’s hero for Windy City (16-7).
Williams hit a drifting pop-up that a backpedaling second baseman Dusty Hillman caught. Jerome McCoy tagged up to score, and first baseman Thomas Cashman cut off the throw, which caught Eric Darjean between second and third. Third baseman Brent Metheny applied the tag for the rare sacrifice-fly double play.
Sam Flamont added an RBI single to give Windy City a 2-0 lead after one. After going 5-for-5 Tuesday night, Williams went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
The ThunderBolts used their speed to add two runs in the fourth. McCoy’s infield single, the second of the inning, drove in a run, and Darjean added another with an RBI ground-rule double.
“I think they’re leading the league in stolen bases,” Clark said. “They hit and run, they steal, and they have good speed. They’re tough ... they’re going in all situations.”
Brian Baker hit a three-run home run to right center to extend the lead to 7-0 in the fifth inning.
Wiedmeyer lasted 4 2/3 innings and allowed 13 hits, seven runs and two walks while striking out four.
Hillman was the Mavericks’ (3-23) lone bright spot. Hillman, who plays second baseman, drove in the Mavs’ only runs with a pair of two-out hits. The first came in the fifth when he laced a double down the right field line to score John Oehler and cut the lead to 7-1.
In the seventh, Hillman drove in Oehler with a seeing-eye single through the right side for the Mavs’ final run of the game.
Clark said he is impressed with the way Hillman is improving.