The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t take advantage.
Despite four errors by the Springfield-Ozark Ducks, the Mavericks lost 10-3 at Taylor Stadium on Saturday.
Ducks starting pitcher Jaime Bennett (9-4) earned the win. He gave up six hits in eight innings and logged nine strike outs.
Mavericks manager Jim Gentile said Bennett’s curveball and change-up caught the Mavericks off guard.
The Mavericks went through four pitchers. Ty Cline took the loss and is 4-4 this season.
The Ducks scored first when David Fischer hit a home run over the left field wall to lead off the second inning.
Fischer and Steve Haake scored three runs each, while Josh Landon, John Spencer, Eddie Harper and David Munoz scored one each.
The Mavericks scored two runs in the second. With Eric Darjean on third, Rafael Lara grounded to shortstop. The Ducks’ Munoz, however, overthrew first. Darjean ran home and Lara went to second on the error.
Lara stole third. When Ducks’ catcher John Spencer threw wildly to left field, and Lara came home. It was the second unearned run of the game.
Lara profited on another error when he grounded to third in the fifth. Springfield-Ozark’s Townsend, rocketed a throw over first, allowing Lara to advance two extra bases. Lara ran home from third on Dusty Hillman’s ground ball to shortstop to make the score 3-2.
It was the last run of the game for Mid-Missouri. All Mavericks runs were unearned.
The teams played evenly until the Ducks pulled ahead in the seventh with a hit by Tanner Townsend to right-center field, bringing both Harper and Munoz home.
Lemieux walked Fischer in the eighth inning. Haake followed with a home run to center field, adding two runs to the lead.
The Mavericks went to the bullpen again, this time calling on Jimmy Jackson, but he was pulled in the ninth after loading the bases.
The Mavericks leaned on Mark Mueller, but John Spencer hit a single and reached second on an error sending in three runs to make the score 10-3.
“You can’t do it every time,” Gentile said. “We seem to do better when we come from behind. When we get ahead, we just sit on it.”
The Mavericks record fell to 26-60. The Ducks improved to 47-40.
The Mavericks will play a doubleheader against the River City Rascals at 6:05 p.m. Thursday at Taylor Stadium.