July 22nd, 2024

Mavs open Saskatchewan road trip win 8-2 win Thursday

By James Tubb on July 4, 2024.

The Medicine Hat Mavericks got back in the win column Thursday.

The Mavs opened their Saskatchewan road trip up with a victory, beating the Saskatoon Berries 8-2.

Medicine Hat came into the contest off an off-day Wednesday, following a 6-4 loss Tuesday at Athletic Park to the Sylvan Lake Gulls.

The Mavs didn’t wait long to open the scoring Thursday, with a run in the first inning.

Designated hitter Brady Bean got the first run on the board with an RBI single in the first opening frame of the contest.

Neither team scored in the next four innings before they both added tallies on the board in the sixth inning.

The mavs tacked on three runs to their lead, with an RBI double from first baseman Landon Mokris getting the ball rolling. Shortstop Johnny Vulcano followed suit, hitting an RBI double of his own to score Mokris. Vulcano moved up to second base on a single from Micah Dvorak and scored on a Saskatoon error on a pitcher’s throw to first base.

They lead 4-0 heading into the bottom of the frame where the Berries got on the board for the first time, scoring on a sacrifice ground out in the infield to make it a 4-1 game.

Medicine Hat starter Jacob Petersheim worked seven innings allowing just the lone run, picking up his third victory of the season. His night finished with the one run surrendered on four hits, striking out five batters.

Dylan Runge took over in the eighth and worked the final two frames, allowing one run in the ninth, giving up just one hit with a strikeout.

The Mavs added to their lead in the ninth with a four-run frame.

Centre fielder Brody Gardner hit an RBI double to open the frame and another run crossed on a hit from third baseman Tyler Vanneste that forced a Saskatoon error. Right fielder Jordan Phillips scored on a wild pitch and Mokris recorded a second RBI with a bases loaded walk for an 8-1 Mavs’ lead.

The Berries got their second run of the game, scoring on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. Their comeback bid was held short, with the Mavs holding on for the 8-2 win.

Medicine Hat outhit the Berries 12-5 in the win.

The Mavs (17-13) are back at Saskatoon on Friday for a rematch with the Berries.

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