The Mid-Missouri Mavericks played good defense and pitched well against Evansville, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Otters.
The Mavericks fell to the Otters 1-0 on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium in a game that was scoreless into the fifth inning for the second night in a row.
The Mavericks (4-28) showed improved defense with double plays in the second, third and eighth innings, but they couldn’t score.
Evansville center fielder Terrance McClain hit a double to start off the fifth. Right fielder O.J. Garza hit a single, sending McClain to third, and first baseman David Trujillo hit a single to drive in McClain for the only run the Otters (20-10) would need.
Otters pitcher Grant Williams gave up four hits while Mavs pitcher Keith Cremeans gave up seven hits and one run. Both pitched a complete game.
“You can’t take away from the pitcher over there ... he was on tonight,” Mavericks manager Jim Gentile said. “He had a good fastball and curveball.”
In his second game as Mavericks manager, Gentile said his team has taken a better attitude.
“The guys are starting to believe they can play with everybody, they made some great plays at third base,” Gentile said. “I think once they start seeing they can do this stuff, we’re going to start winning some games.”
Brent Metheny, the Mavericks’ third baseman, made some great plays. He dove to field a ball McClain hit down the left-field line for an out in the ninth inning.
The Mavericks’ Dustin Hillman got on base in the ninth with a two-out single to center, but Chad Sterbens flew out to end the game.
The Mavericks tried to get things going in the bottom of the second, but were stung by a double play on a hit-and-run.
The umpire called batter Brent Metheny out for interference when Otters catcher Sean Flynn threw to second to catch Nick Saunders trying to steal. When Metheny swung at the pitch he stepped over the plate, blocking Flynn.
Gentile spoke positively about the game and the Mavericks’ future, saying they need more pitchers but are working guys out every day.
“I’m getting to know them now, getting to watch them,” Gentile said. “It was a good game all around.”