posted on June 19, 2010 06:08
Ben Roberts (Purdue)
The offense finally came around and gave the Mavericks 6 runs; however one bad inning by the bullpen cost the Mavs as they lost to the Leesburg Lightning Friday night, 10-6.
The Mavericks jumped all over Lightning starter Lee Hall (East Tennessee State) in the first inning when German Reyes (Francis Marion) blasted a 3-run homer in the first. The homer, which cleared the left field fence easily, was the first of the year for the shortstop. The Mavericks added two more runs in the 4th on back-to-back two out RBI doubles by Hunter Mayfield (Ohio State) and Paul Wilson (Florida). Mayfield would add a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, his first two RBI’s of the year.
The Mavericks wasted a great start by Joe Lovecchio (Miami). The righty, making his first start for the Mavs, allowed zero runs on four hits, while striking out one and looked to be in line for the win.
However, in the 6th inning the flood gates opened up on the Mavericks bullpen. The Lightning scored nine runs in the inning, sending 14 batters to the plate. In the 6th inning alone the Lightning walked five times, reached on an error, and five hits. Dylan Brammer (Vincennes) was the tough luck pitcher for the Mavs in the sixth. The righty lasted a third of an inning, giving up seven runs on three hits while walking two. Tyler Reimer (Gulf Coast CC) relieved Brammer, making his first appearance, and didn’t record an out. The lefty faced four batters, gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. The one bright spot out of the bullpen was righty AJ Mackey (High Point). Mackey also making his first appearance for the Mavericks retired all three hitters he faced in the 8th inning.
The Mavericks look to end their five game losing streak when they travel to Sanford on June 19th to face the Sanford River Rats at 7 p.m.