After a terrific start to their home tournament the Missoula Mavericks ran into some issues on Sunday courtesy the Oilers squad from Casper, Wyoming.
Missoula entered the final day of action 4-0 at their own Memorial Tournament but fell twice in close game to Casper and finished with a tourney record of 4-2 and a runner-up finish.
The Oilers took the first game, and last game of round-robin play, 3-1 over the Mavericks. Casper broke a 1-1 tie in that game with a pair of runs in the 6th inning and wound up winning the contest 3-1 the final.
The tournament championship immediately followed featuring the same two teams. And once again the Oilers used a late rally to make the difference.
Missoula led Casper 3-0 entering the sixth inning, but that’s where Casper scratched a run across the board to make it 3-1. And then in the 7th inning the wheels fell off of the Maverick bus. The Oilers struck for three runs in the top-7th inning to take a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 7th Missoula definitely made it interesting. Slade Heggen drew a lead-off walk. Two stolen bases later Heggen was perched on 3rd base as the tying run with only one out. Heggen then attempted to tag up and score on a fly ball to centerfield, but was thrown out at the plate by Casper’s Tanner Fischer for the final out of the game, spelling a 4-3 championship victory for the Oilers.