The Mid-Missouri Mavericks had the biggest crowd in their three-game series against the Evansville Otters on Thursday, and they gave the 2,260 in attendance something to cheer about in their last game of the series against Evansville.
The Mavericks beat the Otters 7-6 at Taylor Stadium in a Frontier League game.
Blake Blase drove in Rafael Lara for the winning run in the ninth inning. The Otters intentionally walked Nick Saunders to load the bases for Blase, who hit a single to right field.
The Mavs rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 6. The inning started with Mavs shortstop Chad Sterbens hitting a double to drive in Matt Bok and Lara, making it 5-2. Third baseman Brent Metheny hit an RBI ground out, scoring center fielder Dusty Hillman. Saunders, the designated hitter, lined a single to drive in Chad Sterbens. With the bases loaded and two out, Bok hit a single, driving in Saunders and Blase for the final runs of the inning.
The Otters used three pitchers in the inning. Andre Simpson relieved starter Alex Renes with one out two men on. Simpson went on to give up six hits and two runs. Jason Faigin relieved Renes and gave up one hit and two runs.
Things did not look good for the Mavs early in the game, for they struggled to make plays and committed five errors before the eighth.
“It was an amazing game, even though we made a lot of errors, we were able to come back and get them,” Lara said. “We put in a lot of effort and played very hard, so you get credit for that when you play hard.”
Steve Martin scored the first run of the game in the top of the first. Martin led off with a ground ball that Mavs’ Metheny bobbled. Otters shortstop Denver Stuckey walked but was thrown out at second when attempting to steal the base. Martin took third on the play and third baseman Cole Hilt’s single drove him in.
The Mavs had a double play in the second inning and stayed within 1-0 until the fourth when the Otters scored two more runs.
Blase dropped a routine fly ball allowing Otter’s left fielder Terrence McClain reach second. O.J. Garza hit a fly to right, driving in McClain, and second baseman Frank Scott’s single drove in Garza to make it 3-0.