Mavs split DH with Colorado Christian
Taylor Gross doesn’t really remember how she got a fat lip Saturday, and she’s a little fuzzy on her game-winning hit.
“It’s disgusting,” Gross said, speaking gingerly so she didn’t open up the three deep gashes in the left side of her lower lip.
Gross was injured in the bottom of the first inning in the second game of Colorado Mesa University’s doubleheader split with RMAC-leading Colorado Christian University (18-13, 14-4), coached by former Maverick baseball and basketball standout Daven Bond.
After coming up with an RBI double to score the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of the first game, a 3-2 CMU win that took nearly three hours to decide, Gross walked to lead off the bottom of the first in the second game.
After Jessica Albertson walked, CMU coach Kris Mort called a double steal and the throw went to third. Gross, who slid straight into the bag, shortstop Melanie Lusi and the ball all reached third at the same time and both players stayed on the dirt for a few moments.
Gross had a bloody lip that took awhile to get stopped, and was later thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
When her spot in the lineup came around with two out and the bases loaded in the second, she was lifted for Lindsay Drayer because of concussion-like symptoms.
“Honestly, I remember there was a steal on and I went to steal and hit her and I definitely blacked out,” Gross said. “I didn’t really know what was going on. All I felt was blood, all I could do was spit blood.”
The Mavericks (15-11, 13-9 RMAC) also pulled first baseman Shannon McClenahan in the top of the fourth when she tweaked a hamstring.
CMU dropped the second game 4-2, with some costly base running mistakes.
In the fifth inning, Courtney Maihi singled home a run and tried to take second on the throw to the plate, but was thrown out at second to end the inning.
In the sixth, Mackenzy Derrick, who replaced McClenahan at first, was caught stealing second with a runner on third just before Tawnee Woosley singled to make it 4-2.
Lita Romero singled to right-center and Woosley was thrown out at third to end the inning.
In the seventh, the Mavs had a chance to tie the game with the bases loaded and one out.
Megan Smith grounded to third, forcing Albertson at the plate, and Danni Vallie got a late jump off second and was thrown out at third to end the game.
Mort takes a different approach to many coaches when it comes to base running, especially going from first to third. She expects the runners to see the ball and determine if they should take the extra base.
“Coming around second you don’t need my help. It’s part of being told what to do growing up and it’s a huge transition mentally,” Mort said.
“Some coaches tell them all the time, stop, go, joysticking them all over the field. Sometimes when they get that independence they don’t know how to deal with it.”
The Mavericks learned how to deal with a tight extra-inning game in the opener, tying the game 2-2 in the seventh when Lisa Pille walked with the bases loaded.
The Mavs were oh, so close to winning it when McClenahan lined a shot to short, which doubled Maihi off third.
Both pitchers — Maihi and CCU’s Genevieve Reyna — kept it close, and with two out in the bottom of the 10th, Woosley singled and took second on a wild pitch. Derrick drew a pinch-hit walk and Gross ripped a double to right to score Woosley.
“I wasn’t seeing the ball really well, everybody else had a great day, but they were right at people,” Gross said. “It was definitely some good softball that first game.”