Brad Kerr's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the winning run as the Class AA Missoula Mavericks held of a late Coeur d'Alene rally to claim a 7-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Lindborg-Cregg Field.
The Mavs then played what Missoula head coach Brent Hathaway termed his team's worst game of the season, committing eight errors, as the Idaho team claimed an easy 8-1 win.
"It was a total breakdown on our part," Hathaway said. "We could not make a throw from point A to point B. We could not hit a cutoff man. We found out we need a lot more work."
Tanner Kahler's two-run double keyed a four-run second inning, as the Mavs jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first game. The Mavs seemed in control of the game when Kerr's solo shot put them ahead 7-3.
But Coeur d'Alene charged back against Missoula reliever Chad Hines in the top of the seventh. After scoring three runs to move within one, Couer d'Alene had the tying run on first base when Vince Rossi flied out to end the game.
Will Thompson went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the Mavs' hitting. Kahler was 2-for-4.
Hines held on to raise his record to 6-0.
The error-plagued Mavs fell behind 5-0 before they scored their only run in the eighth inning of the second game. Mav starter Brad Waln lasted only two innings and took the loss. The Mavs managed only four hits, all singles.
The Mavs, now 20-5 overall, travel to Lewiston, Idaho, on Thursday for the Lewiston Tournament.
Couer d'Alene 010 020 3 - 6 9 2
Missoula 041 011 x - 7 9 4
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Ryan Holland and Brad Ross. Paul Boyd, Beau Walker (4), Chad Hines (5) and Charlie Duval.. W - Hines (6-0) L - Holland
COEUR d'ALENE - Rob Crane 1-4, Blake Whiteman 1-3, Ryan Holland 2-4, Kirk Gosh 2-3, Brad Ross 0-3, Robert Green 1-3, Vince Rossi 2-3, Matt Brown 0-3, Tim Gittle 0-3.
MISSSOULA - Tanner Kahlter 2-4, Chad Hines 1-3, Amos Templer 0-3, Will Thompson 2-3, Brian Moser 0-0, Ryan Andrews 0-1, Brad Bjorkland 1-3, Brad Kerr 1-3, Charlie Duval 1-3, Kris Welker 1-2.
2B - Whiteman, Kahler, Bjorkland. 3B - Thompson. HR - Kerr. RBI's - Whiteman, Holland, Gosh, Green, Rossi, Kahler 2, Moser, Bjorkland, Kerr.
Coeur d'Alene 021 203 0 - 8 8 3
Missoula 000 100 0 - 1 4 8
Whiteman and Ross. Brad Waln, Bjorkland (3), Kerr (4), Thompson (7) and Templer. W - Whiteman. L - Waln (0-1).
COEUR d'ALENE - Crail 2-4, Keefer 1-3, Kirk Gosh 1-3, Gore 1-3, Ross 1-4, Graham 0-3, Rossi 0-2, Lenz 2-3, Gittle 1-4.
MISSOULA - Tanner Kahler 0-2, Chad Hines 1-3, Amos Templer 2-3, Will Thompson 0-3, Brian Moser 0-3, Charlie Duval 0-3, Kris Welker 0-3, Ryan Andrews 1-3, Spencer Swanson 0-2.
2B - Gosh. RBIs - Keefer, Gosh, Ross, Lenz 2, Gittle. Templer.
Monday - 6/7/99