Drew Beazely’s homer off Nevada reliever Atley Jacome in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the game-winning RBI Sunday as the St. Joseph Mustangs went on the road and beat the Griffons 14-8.
St. Joseph arrived in Nevada looking to get back on the winning track after Saturday’s loss to Jefferson City, but things didn’t look good early.
Nevada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Mustangs scored a run in the top of the second, but Nevada answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless third, the Griffons game out swinging in the bottom of the fourth, chasing Mustang starter Alec Byous and increasing their lead 7-2.
The Mustangs immediately returned the favor in the fifth, though, scoring four runs of their own, chasing Griffons starter Alec Telles and moving within a run of the lead at 7-6.
An inning later, St. Joseph tied the game when Brady Holden scored on a Beazley sacrifice.
St. Joseph broke the tie in the eighth when Jacome gave up a leadoff walk to Jackson Wagner in the top of the eighth inning.
Before Jacome could throw another pitch, Wagner advanced to second and then third on errors.
Dylan Kalch’s sacrifice fly drove home Wagner breaking the tie and the Beazely home run chased Jacome.
By the time the eighth inning ended, the Mustangs lead was 10-7.
Nevada could only muster a lone run the rest of the way.
The Mustangs remain atop the MINK League north division.
They stay on the road to begin the month of July against the Ozark Generals at 5 p.m. in Springfield tonight.