In their seventh game in the past five days, the St. Joseph Mustangs hosted the winless Nevada Griffons on Saturday evening and took a late lead to win 3-2.
After playing two doubleheaders on Tuesday and Thursday, the Mustangs ended the long week at Phil Welch Stadium. It was the second matchup of the season against the Griffons, as the Mustangs previously came up on top by a score of 16-3 back on June 2. The Mustangs entered the ball game with 10 games under their belt compared to just three games played by the Griffons.
“It was a really long week,” Mustangs (10-1) manager Johnny Coy said. “We got a lot of younger guys who haven’t played this many games in a row ever. They kind of hit a wall there, they were a little slower, but they were able to pull through tonight and get the victory.”
Missouri Southern native Cam Bednar got his second start of the season, as he ended with 11 strikeouts and just six hits in seven innings. While he had an impressive outing for St. Joseph, he gave up two runs.
“Cam (Bednar) was huge, he threw a lot of pitches. I was actually going to pull him a little earlier and called a timeout, but he convinced me and finished out the seventh strong,” Coy said.
Nevada (0-4) center fielder Brayland Skinner scored the first run of the ball game as he knocked one out of the park in the top of the third inning. After three more scoreless innings, the Griffons struck again with another home run, as designated hitter Coleman Fenton extended the lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning.
The Mustangs finally got going later on in the inning when shortstop Karson Reid singled and batted in Karl Koerper to give them their first run of the night. St. Joseph eventually tied the game in the seventh inning as second baseman Jackson Dierenfeldt scored an unearned run after a wild pitch by Chase Belter.
Jake Purl finished the game out for St. Joseph in the eighth and ninth innings and finished with four strikeouts and only one hit. The Mustangs were finally able to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning when catcher Jordan Maxson hit a ground ball single and Logan Rycoft scored.
“We just got a couple of good hits late, we got a couple of good swings on some good balls that dropped in. Dillon had that big base hit and then we were able to get a ground ball up the middle and the rest is history,” Coy said.
After going 3-1 in this home stand, the Mustangs have the day off today and will travel to Jefferson City for two games against the Renegades on Monday and Tuesday.