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Kilgore Paces Mustangs to Shutout of Branson

Miles Kilgore threw eight shutout innings with eight strikeouts in the Mustangs 11-0 route of the Branson Nationals.
07/17/2016 9:17 AM -

 SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – The St. Joe Mustangs shutout the Branson Nationals for a second night in a row on Saturday night at Phil Welch Stadium by a score of 11-0 in front of a season high crowd of 4,768.

St. Joseph swept the Mustangs-Nationals series six games to none, and in 2016 the Mustangs outscored the Nationals 56-16.

Right handed pitcher Miles Kilgore started for the Mustangs winning his fifth game of the year with eight innings pitched of shutout baseball, four hits, one walk, a hit batter, and eight strikeouts.

Brady Anderson started behind the plate catching Kilgore through the fifth inning, and finished the night 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Mustangs opened up the game early capitalizing on an error in the second inning by scoring three runs. Mustangs’ first baseman Louis Mele and second baseman Brett Marr were hit by pitches, yet came around to score on a two-base error to left field by right fielder Jeremiah Figueroa. Saturday’s payer of the game and Mustangs’ shortstop Matt Wollnik drove in his ninth run on a double that scored Figueroa, and that ended St. Joe’s second inning campaign.

In the fourth inning St. Joe scored five runs on a couple of errors, with runs scored by Anderson, Figueroa, left fielder Tyler Cox, and centerfielder Orencio Fisher.

Wollnik ended the night 3-3 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

Swinging a hot bat, Cox went 2-4 with two runs scored in back-to-back innings in the fourth and fifth.

In his final at-bat, Mustangs’ designated hitter Kyle Uhrich hit a two out double and was driven in on an error from Nationals’ shortstop Alan Dunn.

Similar to what he did for former Mustangs’ starting pitcher Dixon Marble in his final start, Uhrich gave his final plate appearance of the night to Logan Campbell in the eighth inning. Campbell reached first base on another error to Dunn.

Overall the Mustangs were hit four by four pitches, while the Branson Nationals committed seven errors.

St. Joe collected 1 runs on 10 hits committing one error while the Nationals only mustered four hits on the night.

The Mustangs are now riding a two-game win streak and improve to 29-13 with a 20-12 record in the MINK.

As the season winds down St. Joseph is half a game back of the first place Chillicothe Mudcats after the Mudcats lost to the Sedalia Bombers on Saturday night. The winner in tomorrow’s Mudcats-Mustangs game will be in first place in the MINK North. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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