St. Joe fell behind early as starting pitcher Steve D’Amico struggled in the second inning walking three of the Mudcats’ first five batters. With one out recorded, Chillicothe scored the first run of the game.
The Mudcats extended the lead over the Mustangs in the top of the fifth shortly after D’Amico gave up a double to right field.
The Mustangs’ offense awoke in the bottom of the sixth inning as St. Joe scored for the first time in 17 innings.
Erasmo Gonzales doubled on a 1-1 count, before Jacob Richardson advanced to first on a walk. Two putouts were recorded against Derek Hussey and Easton Fortuna. Brody Santilli singled to right field in the next at-bat bringing in the two to tie the game 2-2.
The dominance continued in the bottom of the seventh as the Mustangs took the lead.
A single by Brady Anderson began the inning. Colton Pogue advanced to first on a single to centerfield. The walking of Josh Williams loaded the bases, before Michael Foley entered the game to pinch run with no outs.
Gonzalez struck out for the first out of the inning, before the walking of Richardson brought in Pogue to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead with one out.
An error by the third baseman brought Easton Fortuna to base with two outs, scoring Foley extending the Mustangs’ lead to its 4-2 peak.
D’Amico pitched through eight innings, striking out 11 allowing five hits. Jake Purl entered in the top of the ninth to close the game, retiring three of the last four Mudcat batters saving the Mustangs’ victory.
Joshua Monson (1-1, 3.60 ERA) takes mound for the Mustangs tomorrow night as the Sedalia Bombers arrive at Phil Welch for an Independence Day celebration.
Fans can bid for game worn patriotic jerseys throughout the game. A Little Mister and Little Miss Mustang will also be crowned.
All Veterans and Active Military members will be entered into a special drawing. Fireworks will be presented on behalf of Mosaic Life Care following the game.
The Mustangs are 23-8 overall, and hold a 17-7 record in MINK play. They sit at the top of the MINK North Division, five games ahead of the second place Bombers.