Mavs suffer one-hit defeat

Thursday, July 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

A day after their most dominating performance of the season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks suffered a reversal of fortune.

Gateway Grizzlies’ starter Brad Drewes shut down the Mavericks in a 10-0 victory Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Drewes and Ted Rowe combined to one-hit the Mavs (7-38) after the Mavs defeated the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-0 on Tuesday night on Steve Soja’s one-hitter.

“That’s really something,” Mavericks coach Jim Gentile said. “I guess we got our comeuppance. That’s the first time I’ve ever had (back-to-back one-hitters) happen.”

Drewes (3-1) had a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when Brent Metheny singled to right with one out. Drewes struck out eight batters, and six Mavs reached base.

“I have to tip my hat to him,” Blake Blasé, the Mavs first baseman, said. “When a pitcher’s got you off balance, hitting his spots, it’s tough to do things.”

Mid-Missouri starter Danny Shuck (0-1) struggled to keep the ball on the ground, and Gateway took advantage. He lasted three innings, surrendering seven hits and five runs. Out of 17 batters that he faced, he induced one groundout.

Ahead 2-0, the Grizzlies (25-21) buried the Mavericks in the fourth. Phil Warren singled to center, then advanced to second as the ball bounced past Mavs center fielder Eric Darjean. Warren moved to third on Gary Gilbert’s single and scored on Todd Oetting’s sacrifice fly to give Gateway a 3-0 lead.

Ryan Sullivan followed with a home run that broke several lightbulbs on the scoreboard beyond the left field fence to stretch the lead to 5-0.

“(Shuck) was getting the ball over the middle of the plate,” Gentile said. “He wasn’t hitting the corners. The catcher told me everything’s just breaking right across the middle.”

Gateway added two more runs off Mid-Missouri reliever Ty Kline on RBI singles by Mike Breyman and Greg Stevens, and Gateway led 7-0 after four. Both of Kline’s runs were unearned for Metheny committed an error at third base with two outs to keep Gateway’s inning alive.

In the eighth inning, Mike Breyman cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double down the right field line. Breyman went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs.

In the bottom half of the inning, both benches cleared after Drewes hit Worth Scott with the first pitch. Mavs reliever Greg Russell hit two Grizzlies with pitches in the top half of the inning.

Earlier Wednesday, Blase was named to the Frontier League All-Star team.

“It’s a lot of hard work, and I’m glad it paid off,” Blase said.

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