After a string of blowout losses, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks found a more agonizing way to lose Thursday night.
A Mavericks rally fell just short as the Windy City ThunderBolts defeated Mid-Missouri 8-7 in 10 innings at Taylor Stadium.
With the Mavericks down 8-6, Nick Saunders drove home Dusty Hillman on a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to one. The Mavs (3-24) stranded the tying run at first as Blake Blase struck out and Matt Oakes hit a pop fly to second to end the game.
The victory gave Windy City (17-7) a 10-game winning streak, and the Mavericks’ losing streak moved to eight games.
With the score tied at 6, Mavs reliever Anthony Kozol (0-4) issued a two-out walk to Brian Baker. After several pickoff moves, Kozol balked, moving Baker to second. Assistant coach Doug White charged out of the dugout to argue the call and the umpires ejected him.
With first base open, Kozol intentionally walked Jeremy Murch to face ThunderBolts catcher Brad Guglielmelli, who hit a sharp single to left to drive in Baker and give the ThunderBolts the lead. Jerome McCoy added an RBI single to stretch the lead to 8-6.
The Mavs had rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie the score at 6 with a five-run eighth.
Oakes and newcomer Mike Rapacioli led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Two batters later, Bryan Weiss reached first after getting hit by a pitch. John Oehler followed with a double to left field to score Rapacioli, then Hillman hit an RBI single to narrow the gap to 6-4.
Brent Matheny lined out softly to third, but Eric Darjean’s attempt to catch Hillman off first base rolled into foul territory for his fourth error of the night, and Oehler scored to cut the lead to one. Nick Saunders came through with an RBI double to tie.
Windy City errors helped the Mavs score their first run of the game in the sixth. Blake Blase and Oakes reached on consecutive infield errors. Rapacioli followed with a single to load the bases.
Following a lengthy Windy City mound conference, ThunderBolts starter Chris Reilley’s first-pitch fastball hit Chad Sterbens in the helmet to cut the lead to 6-1.