The St. Joseph Mustangs took control of the MINK North Division with a big victory Sunday evening as they defeated the Chillicothe Mudcats 6-1 on the road.
The Mustangs went into the ball game with seven consecutive wins, with their last loss being to the Mudcats 10-8 on July 5. This was the third matchup of the season between the MINK North rivals, with St. Joseph taking a slight 2-1 edge in the season series.
Both teams entered the game with their own hot streaks, as the Mudcats had won seven of their last ten games, and their last two games. Chillicothe and St. Joseph are not only the top two teams in the MINK North Division, but also in the entire MINK league overall.
After no scores in the first three innings, the Mustangs got on the board first. Third baseman Terrence Spurlin hit a solo home run to take a 1-0 lead early in the fourth inning.
Jared Wilson pitched for the Mustangs and didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. However, the first hit of the night for the Mudcats resulted in a score, as right fielder Jack Grace singled, and center fielder Dom Trevino scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Wilson was replaced by Ryan Scharf after pitching for seven innings and ending with six strikeouts against two hits.
Mustangs catcher J.P. Tighe hit the second solo home run of the night to regain the lead 2-1 in the seventh inning. They extended their lead even more in the ninth inning when they scored four more runs to go up 6-1.
For the first run of the inning, Spurlin was walked in with the bases loaded. The next batter, Karl Koerper, doubled and batted in three runners. The Mudcats failed to score in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Mustangs the 6-1 victory.
Jake Purl closed the game out in the ninth inning and didn’t allow any hits.
The Mustangs and Mudcats will play each other three more times this season. The Mustangs are on the road again tonight as they head to Clarinda Municipal Stadium to play the Clarinda A’s at 7 p.m.