In what may be a preview of the MINK League Championship, St. Joseph came out on top.

The Mustangs got out of the gates early and led wire-to-wire on their way to victory over the Ozark Generals in Springfield, Missouri.

After scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, the North Division leading Mustangs exploded for nine runs in the third on their way to a 14-8 win over the South Division leading Generals.

Coming off their first back-to-back losses of the season, the Mustangs were never in danger of losing a third in a row.

Josh Williams led the way going 3-for-6 with five RBIs. Other offensive standouts included Brady Anderson, who was 2-for-4 with four runs scored, Colton Pogue, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, Derek Hussey, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Easton Fortuna, who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Every starting batter scored at least once with the exception of Williams.

While the Mustangs (26-10, 20-9 MINK) were putting on an hitting exhibition, starter Matt Diaz (1-1) cruised to his first win of the season. Diaz pitched six innings, allowing two hits while surrendering three runs.

The Generals (22-12, 19-11) attempted to make things interesting in the latter innings, scoring three in the seventh and two in the eighth, but it was much too little to late.

Bill Olsen came in to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to finish off the evening.

The win keeps the Mustangs three games ahead of the surging Sedalia Bombers, who won their fourth game in a row by routing the Nevada Griffons 21-1 in other MINK League action.

The Mustangs return home this evening to play host to the Clarinda A’s at 7 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium. The Mustangs will then begin a three-game series with the Jefferson City Renegades.

Thomas Huitt-Johnson can be reached at thomas.hj@newspressnow.com.

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