A Tuesday night MINK League showdown came down to the wire, but that end saw the St. Joseph Mustangs suffer their first sweep of the season.
The Jefferson City Renegades got the best of the Mustangs once again and won 7-6 in a tightly contested game. A key difference in the game was the fact the Renegades outhit St. Joseph 12-4 in a second straight defeat.
The Mustangs (10-3, 9-3 MINK) struck first in the top of the second inning when left fielder Brady Holden singled to center field. The Renegades (5-5, 4-5 MINK) responded in their frame of the third inning thanks to an RBI double by Peyton Leeper that drove in Thomas Ruether.
Mustangs second baseman Jackson Wagner joined in on the fun in the fifth inning when he put the Mustangs back in front with an RBI single that drove in Holden. Shortstop Jackson Dierenfeldt took advantage of a wild pitch by Ethan Rackers and made his way across home plate to extend the Mustangs’ lead to 3-1.
However, the Renegades quickly turned the tide.
Jefferson City cut the lead to one during the sixth due to a Logan Harling hit that scored Jordan Smith. Gaven Strobel tied things up shortly afterward with an RBI double, scoring Paul Haupt. Lincoln Orellana singled in two more runs and gave the Renegades a 5-3 lead.
St. Joseph made it a one-run game in the seventh after Holden stole home plate. This was set in motion after Wagner stole second base and the fielder committed an error.
The Renegades extended their lead and kept the Mustangs at arm’s length in the bottom half of the inning. Jordan Smith hit a sacrifice fly that was just deep enough to allow Max McCay to tag up and score.
It was be no use, however, as the Mustangs came back to tie things up. With two outs and the bases loaded, Dierenfeldt seized his moment and smacked a two-run double. However, Holden grounded out to end the inning.
The game wasn’t tied for long. Jefferson City immediately took the lead back when Ruether singled in a run to make it 7-6. This put the Renegades up for good as Shane Fontenot obtained the save and closed things out for Jefferson City.
The Mustangs play at 7 p.m. tonight against the Clarinda A’s at Phil Welch Stadium.