The St. Joseph Mustangs closed out its regular season with a 13-4 road victory over the Clarinda As (22-23) thanks to prolific offense in late innings Monday night at Clarinda Municipal Stadium.
The late surge from the Mustangs (24-23) got started from a three-run home run by first baseman Alex Phillips in the top of the seventh inning to give his team a 6-4 lead. Phillips finished went 2-4 with a game-high four RBIs.
St. Joseph continued the offensive onslaught in the next two inning and the team had three players with at least three hits during the game.
The Mustangs added four runs in the eighth inning and three in the ninth. Centerfielder Mason Janvrin went 4-4, which was a game-high in hits on the night.
Catcher Jordan Maxson went 3-5 on the night with three RBIs, and shortstop Joshua Lincoln went 3-6. St. Joseph finished with 16 hits in the game.
Mustangs pitcher Logan Jacik pitched the final 3 1/3 inning allowing one hit and zero runs. Jacik finished with five strikeouts and was named the winning pitcher.
The As led 3-1 in the third inning but didn’t recovered from the home run by St. Joseph in the seventh inning. Clarinda pitcher Connor Spunaugle allowed that home run, and was given the loss on the night.
These two teams will meet again tomorrow night in a one-game playoff. Clarinda will host the Chillicothe Mudcats tonight, and will host the Mustangs if they win. If the As lose then St. Joseph will host tomorrow night.