Rascals beat Mavs

Pitcher John Picco pitched a good game depite the loss.
Sunday, July 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:41 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The River City Rascals shut out the Mid-Missouri Mavericks Friday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mavericks went down 5-0 with four hits, all singles, and three errors striking out 10 times. Eric Darjean was the only Maverick to advance pass second base the entire game.

Despite the loss, starting pitcher John Picco pitched seven good innings with six strikeouts, no walks and gave up three runs.

"I had a good rhythm, good tempo," Picco said. "I had control over the ball."

The Mavs (13-45) had two double plays in the first three innings that helped to end the innings and keep the Rascals from scoring. But the Rascals (30-28) put themselves on the board with a home run in the top of the fifth by Zack Riera.

The Rascals increased their lead on a two-run home run in the ninth. Riera singled but advanced to second on an error by Mavs' first baseman. Next to hit, Mikela Olsen, hit it over the right field fence making it 5-0.

Rascals' Brody Jackson led off the sixth with a single and after stealing second was batted in on Michael Conner's single. After advancing to third Conner scored on a sacrifice fly by Riera and collided with Mavs catcher Jason Wuerfel coming into home putting the score at 3-0.

The Rascals had 10 hits and no errors.

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