The Jefferson City Renegades feasted at Phil Welch Stadium, claiming a 9-3 victory over the St. Joseph Mustangs on Thursday night.
Malik Williams was responsible for each of the Mustangs’ three runs, finishing the night with three RBIs and one home run.
“I’ve told them 100 times,” manager Johnny Coy said. ”Everyone is coming out to get us. Everyone is going to give us their best shot. Right now, we just have that attitude that we’re going to come out and beat everybody, and it’s not happening.”
Drake Kanallakan gave up a home run to Logan Hudson on the first pitch of the game. He allowed one more run in the inning.
A Malik Williams’ RBI single scored Joshua Lincoln in the bottom of the third, putting the Mustangs (15-13, 15-12 MINK) within one run.
Jefferson City (13-10, 10-0) found success off Kanallakan again in the top of the fourth, scoring five more runs extending the Renegades’ lead to 7-1.
The Renegades fought off Dawson Smith in the top of the fifth, scoring twice more.
A Terrance Spurlin single rekindled St. Joseph’s offense with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A few moments later, Williams hit a home run to right field, cutting the deficit to 9-3.
Ronnie Wigginton and Mahlyk finished the Renegades off, allowing no more runs.
Game 1 Renegades 16 Mustangs 5
With a 5-5 score through three innings June 9, rain began to pour down at Phil Welch Stadium.
Gaylon Viney resumed the game on the mound for the Mustangs. He gave up four runs to the Renegades through three innings, furthering their lead to 16-9.
Grant Hoppock furthered the damage, giving up six more runs
The game ended after eight innings due to the MINK League’s ahead-by-10 run rule.
The Mustangs hit the road to Sedalia for a matchup with the Bombers (16-7, 16-7 MINK) tonight. St. Joseph returns to Phil Welch tomorrow to host Mustangs Alumni on Saturday.
St. Joseph now has lost five of six games.
“I’m not sure what’s going on,” Coy said. “Maybe we’re hitting a wall, but whatever it is, we got to figure it out and we got to figure it out soon.”