The sixth time proved to be the charm for Rafael Lara Friday night.
Lara singled home the game-winning run as the Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 2-1 in 13 innings at Taylor Stadium.
Lara had been hitless in his first five at-bats.
"I had been making good contact...hitting the ball right at people," Lara said, "so I wanted to put a good swing on a first-pitch fastball."
With two outs and Damon Burkhart at third, Chad Sterbens singled to center to put runners on the corner. That set the stage for Lara, who took Dan Smith's first pitch and singled past Gateway third baseman Greg Stevens to drive Burkhart in.
"We put an effort together tonight," Lara said. "We didn't hit enough, but we hit when we had to."
Mavericks starter Jason Wiedmeyer pitched his best game of the season, going 10 strong innings, but still left without the win despite holding the Grizzlies to eight hits and one run.
"The way (Gateway's) pitcher was throwing, and the way our defense was going, I kind of took it upon myself not to lose this one," Wiedmeyer said.
Gateway nearly grabbed the lead in the 10th, when Wiedmeyer faced runners on second and third with one out, and the Grizzlies' top two hitters coming to the plate.
Left fielder Michael Breyman hit a hard grounder right to Blake Blase at first, who checked the runner at third before stepping on first for the second out. Then Phil Warren grounded out to second to end the inning.
"In that situation, I was going to make the hitter hit my pitch," Wiedmeyer said. "I'm not worried about walking him."
"If I walk him, so be it. Then I get a ground ball, double play on the next ball."
The Mavs took the first lead of the entire series in the second inning, when Blase started the inning with a home run over the right field fence for his 14th home run of the season.
Wiedmeyer held the Grizzlies scoreless until the sixth inning, when Jimmy Reiter led off the inning with a triple over the head of Mavs center fielder Eric Darjean.
Todd Oetting then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to score Reiter to tie the game at 1.