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Mavs nipped by Casper, take 2nd at Memorial Tournament

Published On: Jun 17 2013 03:32:25 PM MDT
Mavericks Memorial Tournament

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.