Nathan Jewett gave up just one run in seven innings pitched and provided a 2-run walk-off double in the 7th as the Mavericks ten-runned the #1 seed Billings Scarlets 11-1 Friday afternoon in Billings.
The last time these two teams faced each other at state tournament was last summer in Whitefish when the Scarlets nabbed a 5-4 win over Missoula in the semifinals.
Today’s contest was one-sided from the start. The Mavs raced out to a 6-0 advantage in the second inning thanks to a Grand Slam off the bat of Josh Meader.
The Scarlets scored their lone run in the top of the 7th when Ian Byorth scored on a Christian Martinson single.
But Missoula answered right back in the bottom half to make sure it was a shortened contest. Nathan Jewett doubled home Slade Heggen and Shane Olson to put Missoula up 11-1 and give them the walk-off victory.
Jewett pitched all seven innings for Missoula along with going 3 for 4 at the plate. The right hander gave up just one run on five hits to get the victory.
"Everybody contributed." said Jewett after the game. "So it was just a good feeling, a good team win and we just did not want to go home and I think it showed today."
"It was really good today we all came out and just swung the bats," added Meader who recorded the game-changing 2nd inning grand slam. "We always play 'D' but we all just relaxed at the plate and just swung the bat. I mean everyone pitched in, did their job, basically just had fun out there."
The Mavericks will battle either the Billings Royals or the Bozeman Bucks in loser-out action at 4:00 Saturday afternoon in Billings.
The #1 seed Scarlets have been eliminated (losses to Great Falls and Missoula) in just three games played.