Glancing only at his pitching line, one might conclude St. Joseph Mustangs starter Matt Mulhearn pitched a gem on Wednesday night in Sedalia. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for a win.
The Mustangs made a quick road trip to face 6-3 Sedalia Bombers, but it turned out to be an unprofitable venture as the Bombers beat the Mustangs 1-0.
In a game that lasted only one hour and 50 minutes, the biggest story should have been Mulhearn’s performance.
He pitched a complete game, surrendered only four hits and a single walk, and struck out five batters.
The only blemish on the night was that lone unearned run scored by the Bombers in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Unfortunately, that one blemish belonged to Mulhearn.
In the seventh, the Bombers’ Ashanti Wheatley led off with a single, then batter Ryan Flores reached first on an error by Mulhearn.
The two runners advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice, and Wheatley eventually scored the unearned run on a sacrifice fly.
Bombers starter Dakota Cortese rivaled Mulhearn’s efficiency, giving up only four hits, a single walk and striking out four through seven innings.
Every single hit surrendered by both pitchers was a single, and runners only advanced past first base twice during the game, once during the fourth inning, and once again during the ill-fated seventh.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs (6-3, 5-2 MINK) still sit atop the MINK League North Division standings, but the Bombers are nipping at their heels.
The Mustangs return home tonight for a nonleague game vs. the Regal Plastics at 7 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium.