Though no runs would cross the plate, the first inning was nothing of a cake walk for either side. The Griffons started their threat with a single, but were counteracted by two straight strikeouts from Jake VanVacter. The next two batters reached safely after the knuckle-baller struggled with his command early resulting in a walk and hit by pitch. With two outs and bases loaded VanVacter dug deep and struck out the last guy to make it three strikeouts in the inning.
The bottom half was all Mustangs as they tried to take the early lead, but just like their counterparts fell just short of a lead. Josh Lincoln began the half inning with a single, but that wasn’t enough as two of the three next batters reached safely giving the Mustangs bases loaded with one out before the next two batters flew out to end the threat.
As the offense struggled the pitching of Jake VanVacter seemed to pick up as he retired all batters after the first inning up until one out in the fifth.
With one pitch the tides of the entire game switched as a ball left over the plate was taken over the left field wall to give the Griffons a 3-0 lead in the fifth.
VanVacter finished with 6.2 innings pitched giving up three runs on four hits while compiling a total of nine strikeouts.
The Mustangs weren’t out of it just yet and their offense proved it in the sixth inning. Drew Standifer started it off for the Mustangs as he shot a ball up the middle for a single. With a runner on first and no outs Derek Hussey took advantage as he laced a shot over the center fielder’s head and into the gap to score Standifer and give him a standup triple. Hussey scored on the next at bat when Josh Williams hit an RBI groundout to make the score 3-2 Griffons after the sixth.
Nevada concluded the scoring in the eighth as a double and a wild pitch put them up 4-2. With a two run deficit the Mustangs weren’t able to muster any fire power in the final three hits leading to their 4-2 defeat.
This lose puts the Mustangs at 25-9 on the season and 19-8 in MINK League play. The Mustangs now hold a 5 game lead in the MINK North over the Sedalia Bombers as they lose a half game tonight.
Matt Diaz will be on the mound for the Mustangs as they face off against the Sedalia Bombers Sunday night in Sedalia. Diaz hopes to put an end to his recent struggles as he boosts a 0-2 record with an ERA of 4.12 thus far on the season.
The Mustangs will be back in action at home Wednesday against the last place Clarinda A’s (11-14). The promotions set for Wednesday night will include faith and family night featuring special ticket offers for local congregations and ladies night.