North All-Stars and Mustangs pitcher Jonathan Lynch delivers a pitch during the MINK League All-Star Game on July 6 at Shaffer Stadium in Chillicothe, Missouri.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The South Division All-Stars held on to an early lead and defeated the North Division All-Stars 6-4 in the MINK League All-Star Game on Thursday night at Shaffer Park.

The South has now won two of the three All-Star Games.

Mustangs first baseman Drew Standifer had a chance to give the North its first lead in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners on and two outs, Standifer struck out swinging to end the game.

The Mustangs sent the most players to the All-Star Game. Manager Matt Johnson is glad his players are recognized for their league leading play.

“It’s just a credit to what the guys have done,” Johnson said. “They have the ability to persevere all year and put up good numbers and give us opportunities to win a bunch of ball games.

“For them to be recognized here is pretty impressive.”

The South pulled ahead early with one run in each of the first three innings. Nevada Griffons LJ Hatch blasted a home run over the 320-foot fence in left field in the second.

Jordan Abushahla of Clarinda A’s answered back in the third, sending Chillicothe’s Ramger Iglesias home with a single.

Jefferson City’s Mike Million belted out the second homer of the night in the fifth, giving the South back its two-run lead. Drew Holtgrieve scored from third after Kale Emshoff’s sacrifice fly to center to pull the North back within one in the bottom fifth.

The South extended its lead with one run in the sixth and seventh innings. Mustangs first baseman Drew Standifer pulled the North back within two after the seventh. His single brought home Louis Niemerg.

South shortstop Jeff Wetzler gave the North one final chance when he dropped a high infield pop up. The error moved Anthony Lantigua to second, who then advanced to third after a wild pitch from Jacob Voss. He made up for his error with the final strikeout.

The St. Joseph Mustangs sent eight players to the third annual MINK League All-Star game.

Jonathan Lynch, Nikko Pablo, Brady Anderson, Standifer, Josh Williams and Jacob Richardson suited up for the North All-Stars.

Anderson got the nod at catcher while Williams started at first. Michael Lydon-Lorson and Steve DAmico were both named All-Stars, but were taken out of the lineup Thursday morning. DAmico just pitched two days before and Lydon-Lorson is nursing an injured hip.

Lynch pitched for a full third inning. He closed the inning in 19 pitches and allowed an earned run.

Pablo also pitched an inning during the seventh. He got two strikeouts, but walking two runners and he allowed a run. Standifer had the Mustangs only hit and went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

The Mustangs will be back in action again tonight. They’ll stay home to play the Sedalia Bombers at 7 p.m.

Rhett Eisenberg can be reached at rhett.eisenberg@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPSports.