Mavericks finish Windy City sweep

Monday, August 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:12 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It took extra innings, but the Mid-Missouri Mavericks got their series sweep.

The Mavericks completed the four-game sweep of the Windy City ThunderBolts, winning 7-6 in 12 innings at Taylor Stadium on Sunday.

The Mavericks improved to 25-55, and the ThunderBolts fell to 37-44.

The Mavs pulled out the win with a pair of doubles. C.J. Thomas led off with one, and third baseman Brent Metheny drove him in with another.

“With two strikes, I wanted to put a good piece of wood on the ball,” Thomas said.

“We’ve been playing good,” Metheny said. “Hitting and pitching are both doing good. It’s nice to finally be winning some.”

Metheny, who doubled in the winning run, led the team, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Mavericks’ Danny Shuck pitched four scoreless innings before running into trouble, giving up two runs in the fifth. Windy City center fielder Nick Johnson bounced a two-out double off the wall in right center.

Shortstop Kyle George drove him home with a double to right under the glove of John Wright. George scored the second run for Windy City when Metheny overthrew first.

The Mavericks answered in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs off starter Felix Matta. Metheny singled and scored the Mavericks’ first run when Rafael Lara beat out the throw to first on a bloop single behind second base. Eric Darjean, who singled to left, scored on Dusty Hillman’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2.

Pulling away in the top of the eighth, Windy City scored three runs to take the lead 6-4. First baseman Rich Daly hit a two-run home run off Shuck.

Windy City reliever Brian Bogs was pulled in the bottom of the eighth after loading the bases by giving up two walks and a double to Darjean. The Mavs missed a chance to score when Lara struck out swinging with the bases loaded against B.J. Litchfield.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth, Mid-Missouri trailed 6-4.

Dusty Hillman sent a Litchfield pitch to short left field and reached second on left fielder Brian Baker’s error.

With two outs, Story-Harden drove a pitch to right to score Hillman from second. Thomas kept the inning alive with a single up the middle, advancing pinch-runner Joe Nichols to second.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and runners on first and second, Litchfield brought Metheny to a 0-2 count, before Metheny hit a blooper to short left-center. Nichols scored from second to tie the game 6.

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