Offense wasn’t a shortage as the St. Joseph Mustangs took a 13-1 win over the Ozark Generals at Meador Park on Monday.
Eight Mustangs (19-8, 15-6 MINK) had one or more runs to their name in the doubleheader’s second game. Terrence Spurlin led the group, scoring three runs.
St. Joseph scored its first 11 runs by the end of the third. Starting pitcher Austin Brooks supported the offensive dominance, throwing six innings. He struck out six while allowing six hits.
Spurlin started the Mustangs’ rout with a double off Generals pitcher Bryan Adames with two outs in the top of the first.
Spurlin crossed home plate two batters later with the help of a RBI single by Drew Beazely. Beazely had a strong game at plate, finishing 4-for-4. He had another RBI single in the second, once again scoring Spurlin.
The play was a part of a seven-run inning. The runs were earned by Jackson Wagner, Dawson Smith, Karl Koerper, Hampton Hudson, Karsen Reid, Beazely and Spurlin.
Harrison Stevens crossed home plate for Ozark’s (9-12, 9-10 MINK) lone run in the bottom of the third.
The Mustangs added on their remaining runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Leadoff hitter Jackson Dierenfeldt was the only Mustang to not cross home, finishing the game 0-for-4.
Spurlin was second behind Beazely’s perfect game, making contact in 3 of 5 at-bats.
Game 1 — Ozark 6, St. Joseph 3
The Mustangs never led in game one, but had the score within one heading into the game’s final turn.
St. Joseph starting pitcher Drake Kanallakan gave up three runs in the first three innings.
Jordan Maxson hit a home run in the top of the sixth to bring the Mustangs’ deficit to 3-2. Ozark tabbed three more runs right after.
Dylan Ketch added the game’s last run into the top of the seventh, bringing Brady Holden. Dierenfeldt was also on base, but St. Joseph could not find one final push.
St. Joseph remains at the top of the MINK North. The Mustangs are off today ahead of a four-game homestand, beginning with the Ban Johnson All-Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday.