Getting a pair of conference wins is always nice, no matter how they come.
Despite some less-than-stellar performances, the Class AA Missoula Mavericks swept a Tuesday doubleheader with the Glacier Twins at Lindborg-Cregg Field, taking the American Legion ball opener 15-9 before rallying for 14 runs in their last at-bat to win 19-9 in a game called after six innings due to the 10-run margin rule.
Even though the Mavs boosted their perfect conference mark to 8-0, Missoula manager Brent Hathaway wasn't smiling afterward.
"We had a nice comeback from being down (in Game 2) and we didn't roll over," he said after the Mavericks improved to 33-12. "We can look at that as a real positive. But we didn't exactly play real inspiring baseball tonight in either game.
"We can't be happy with this effort of this performance."
Though Glacier entered 0-7 in league play, the Twins took a 4-2 lead in the first game before Missoula scored 13 times between the third and fifth innings.
Missoula designated hitter Cody Burgmeier ripped three singles and drove in four runs and right fielder Andy Freeman added two doubles and three RBIs in his 3-for-4 outing. Maverick shortstop Taylor King and left fielder Sam Sopko provided two hits apiece. Center fielder Taylor Nordby smacked his team-leading fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth.
Jake Schilling got the start, but was pulled in favor of Wes Martens after giving up three runs in the third. Martens (3-3) got the win, going 3 2-3 innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit and a walk while fanning four.
Lincoln Mansch tossed the seventh for the Mavs and struggled in surrendering three runs, but induced back-to-back fly outs to end it.
Ryan Caron homered for Glacier.
The Twins held a 9-2 lead in the second game before the wheels fell off. They scored four times in the second highlighted by an RBI double Brad Neilson and a run-scoring triple off the bat of Adam Pisk.
Caron's second homer in as many games led a three-run third frame and Glacier (0-9, 10-15) added single runs in the fourth and fifth.
Missoula began to rally in the fifth, bolstered by a Freeman double and a Martens single, both of which plated Maverick base runners.
The Twins' pitching fell flat in the sixth and Missoula sent 16 to the plate and tallied 14 on six hits, six walks and three batters hit by pitches. That was off four Glacier pitchers.
Dwyer led Missoula's 15-hit attack with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Sopko drove in two, while Freeman, Martens and Cubby Pierre added two RBIs apiece.
Nordby got the win in his first decision throwing the final three frames.
"You're playing a weak opponent and we didn't get up for it and it showed," Hathaway said. "We were lucky to get the second win."
Missoula travels Thursday to face the Great Falls Electrics.
Glacier 103 020 3 - 9 9 5
Missoula 110 355 x - 15 14 4
Scott Yogodzinski, Kyle Yogodzinski (5) and Bridger Beach. Jake Schilling, Wes Martens (3), Lincoln Mansch (7) and Sean Dwyer. W - Martens (3-3). L - S. Yogodzinski.
GLACIER - Scott Palmer 2-2, Ryan Caron 1-3, S. Yogodzinski 2-4, Beach 1-3, Dustin VonFeldt 1-4, Zane Ridings 1-4, Brad Neilson 0-2, Josh Schott 0-0, Kyle Knox 0-1, Adam Pisk 0-4, Cody Elek 1-2, K. Yogodzinski 0-1.
MISSOULA - Taylor King 2-4, Kendal Maier 1-3, Cody Burgmeier 3-5, Dwyer 1-4, Taylor Nordby 1-4, Drew Lytle 1-3, Sam Sopko 2-2, Andy Freeman 3-4, Cubby Pierre 0-3.
2B - Palmer, S. Yogodzinski, Ridings, Sopko, Freeman 2. 3B - S. Yogodzinski. HR - Caron, Nordby (5). RBIs - Caron 2, S. Yogodzinski, Beach, VonFeldt, Ridings, King, Maier, Burgmeier 4, Dwyer 2, Nordby, Freeman 2.
Glacier 043 110 - 9 13 1
Missoula 002 03(14) - 19 15 3
Schott, Knox (5), Palmer (6), Elek (6), Pisk (6) and Beach. Matt McMann, Nordby (4) and Freeman. W - Nordby (1-0). L - Palmer.
GLACIER - Palmer 1-4, Ridings 1-4, S. Yogodzinski 1-3, Beach 2-4, VonFeldt 0-4, Caron 2-4, Neilson 1-3, K. Yogodzinski 2-3, Pisk 3-3.
MISSOULA - King 0-3, Maier 2-4, Burgmeier 0-3, Schilling 0-0, Lytle 0-0, Dwyer 3-4, Nordby 2-4, Brendan Brown 0-0, McMann 2-3, Sioko 2-2, Freeman 1-3, Martens 1-3, Pierre 1-1.
2B - Neilson, Freeman. 3B - Pisk, Dwyer 2, Pierre. HR - Caron. RBIs - Palmer, Beach, Caron 2, Neilson, K. Yogodzinski, Pisk, Maier 2, Dwyer 4, Nordby, McMann, Sopko 3, Freeman 2, Martens 2, Pierre 2.