Mustangs starter Cam Bednar tossed a complete game and made short work of the Sedalia Bombers on Friday as St. Joseph beat Sedalia 4-1.
Sedalia, sitting only a half-game behind the Mustangs in the MINK League North Division as the game began, hoped to use their home field advantage to take the division lead.
But Bednar and the Mustang defense had other ideas.
Bednar was cruising through eight innings, striking out seven batters and shutting out the Bombers.
Fatigue, a leadoff walk, and a hit with two outs gave way to Sedalia its lone run in the ninth, but Bednar sparkled nonetheless.
Mustang batters gave their starter all the help he needed in the second inning.
That inning began with two quiet groundouts until Drew Beazely tripled in the top of the frame. Derek Hussey singled, driving Beazely home to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
Two batters later, Jackson Dierenfeldt singled in Hussey and Hampton Hudson, and
despite two quick outs, the Mustangs extended their lead to 3-0.
Jackson Wagner tripled to lead off the eighth inning and scored on a Jordan Maxson sacrifice to make the score 4-0 Mustangs.
The Mustangs (13-4) leave Sedalia with a 1.5-game lead over the Bombers (11-5) for first place in the north division and the best record in the MINK League.
The Mustangs come home for a 7 p.m. game tonight vs. the Jefferson City Renegades at Phil Welch Stadium.