Mavs get seventh triumph

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-0 on Tuesday night at Price Cutter Park in Ozark for their seventh win of the season.

Winner Steve Soja (2-3) pitched a complete game, allowing one hit, five walks and striking out four.

The Mavs (7-37) had 12 hits. The Ducks (25-20) used three pitchers, with Mike Schaefer (1-6) receiving the loss.

Mavs’ shortstop Rafael Lara went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

On Monday night, the Mavs fell to the Ducks 4-3.

The Mavs’ Dustin Hillman went 3-for-4.

Starting Mavs’ pitcher Ryan Creameans (0-4) pitched 5 1/3 innings for the loss. He gave up six hits and two walks.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Softball players Monica Mueller and Amy Seipp earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America honors.

Teammate Cindy Fotti joined Mueller and Seipp on the NFCA’s All-Region team. Kerri Gapka and Megan Kuntze were named to the second team.

Mueller went 26-5 for the Cougars. She had an ERA of 0.55, the second-best in Cougar history, and struck out 234 batters in 217 innings. Mueller was also selected as the AMC and Region V Pitcher of the Year.

Seipp, a catcher, led the Cougars with a .378 batting average. She had 68 hits and 45 RBIs. Her fielding percentage was .992 with 362 put-outs, 24 assists and only three errors. She was AMC and Region V Player of the Year.

Mueller and Seipp also were both awarded NAIA All-America honors.

Fotti, a second baseman, hit .364 with 55 hits and 20 RBIs and played in all 58 games.

Kuntze, a four-year starter at third base for the Cougars, hit .349 with 67 hits and 32 RBIs and and stole 20 bases.

Gapke had a record of 20-5 with an ERA of 1.52. She struck out 92 batters in 166 innings.

The Cougars ended their season 47-11 and finished fifth in the NAIA National Tournament.

BLUES: Center Craig Conroy said he thought he was on the verge of signing a free-agent contract with the St. Louis Blues before owner Bill Laurie nixed the deal.

Conroy signed a four-year, $12.6 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings. He said the Blues had been offering a three-year deal for essentially the same money before Tuesday.

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