The Mid-Missouri Mavericks paid for an early miscue Saturday night against the Gateway Grizzlies.
The Mavericks lost 2-1 at Taylor Stadium.
Gateway (42-31) scored the winning run in the third.
Mavericks pitcher Jason Wiedmeyer gave up a shallow centerfield single to Jimmy Reiter, who stole second base easily when the Mavericks failed to cover the base. With no one to throw to, Wiedmeyer tried but failed to run him down. Greg Stevens hit a single into right field to score Reiter.
“Pitching was great on both sides, but one mental mistake cost us the game,” the Mavs’ Thomari Story-Harden said.
Grizzlies’ pitcher Scott Patterson retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out two, but Wiedmeyer struggled to find a rhythm in the early innings for the Mavericks (18-53).
Wiedmeyer, a left-hander, served up a lead-off home run over the left field wall to Brad Bauder in the first. After walking Tony Coyne, a 6-4-3 double play got Wiedmeyer out of the inning.
Wiedmeyer stayed calm and was effective in the late innings.
“At the start of the game I had my adrenaline going,” Wiedmeyer said. “After that, I got control and settled down to where I like to pitch.”
Wiedmeyer gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in nine innings, but he wanted the complete game.
“I can’t tell you how much (I wanted it),” Wiedmeyer said. “We’re playing to spoil the season for other teams right now, and losing these close ones hurts the most.”
The Mavs’ tried to rally in the ninth inning, but with two out and runners on first and second, Brent Metheny grounded out.
Patterson’s control began to slip after the fifth, and Story-Harden took advantage in the seventh with a lead-off home run over the 370-foot sign in left field.
“I’ve been struggling lately, but working with Jack Clark and Jim (Gentile) has helped my swing,” Story-Harden said.
Patterson gave up three hits, had one walk, and struck out six in eight innings.
Wiedmeyer said he relied on his defense to give his team a chance to come back.
“For the better half of the season, our defense has improved a lot,” Wiedmeyer said. “I needed to pitch for groundballs so they could make the routine plays.”
Story-Harden said it bothered him that the team couldn’t get down a win for their pitcher.
“It was a tough game for us because we were in it the whole time,” Story-Harden said.