The St. Joseph Mustangs were on a franchise record 11-game win streak entering Thursday night’s game against the Chillicothe Mudcats. In the last regular season game on the road, the Mustangs extended the historical streak as they defeated the Mudcats 9-5.
The Mustangs started the game off strong by scoring in five of the first six innings. They came right out of the gate in the first inning and scored after just three batters. Jordan Maxson doubled, allowing Jackson Dierenfeldt to score, giving St. Joseph an early 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs extended their lead in the third inning when Maxson scored on a bases-loaded walk. The Mudcats bounced back later in the third inning and tied it at 2-2.
The tie didn’t last long, as the Mustangs regained the lead in the fourth inning. Jackson Wagner had his second of four hits on the night as he doubled, bringing in Jackson Dierenfeldt. St. Joseph extended their lead once again in the fifth inning when a Derek Hussey sacrifice fly led to a Terrance Spurlin score.
In the sixth inning, Karl Koerper scored off on a wild pitch, making it 5-2.
Mack Stephenson pitched the first five innings for St. Joseph and finished with eight strikeouts. He was replaced by Ryan Scharf, who pitched two innings while giving up three runs and having two strikeouts.
The Mudcats got back on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring two runs to narrow the deficit. Chillicothe later tied the game in the seventh inning, before St. Joseph responded in the following inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, Drew Beazley had his third RBI of the night on a 2-run home run to give the Mustangs the lead once again. They scored two more runs in the ninth inning as Jackson Wagner singled, giving him his third RBI of the evening. The Mudcats left three runners on base at the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Mustangs came away with a 9-5 victory.
Thursday’s win allowed the Mustangs to secure the number one seed in the MINK League and gain home field advantage for the playoffs. The Mustangs will host the North Divisional Championship on Wednesday, July 24, at Phil Welch Stadium.
If they go on to win that game, they will play a best two out of three Championship Series that will be played on that Thursday through Saturday against the South Divisional Champion. Games two and three will be played at Phil Welch Stadium.
Before postseason play begins, the Mustangs will play three more games in the regular season, all at Phil Welch Stadium. They will host the Sedalia Bombers in a double-header tonight with game 1 starting at 5 p.m.