In a peculiar situation, the Mustangs took to the diamond at Phil Welch not as the home team, but as the visitors. The rare occurrence was brought on by a rain out in Joplin earlier this season, as the scheduling conflicts ensued the only option was to bring the game to St. Joseph. Fans watched as their hometown Mustangs batted in the top of the innings instead of the bottom half.
Though confusion existed amongst fans the Mustangs searched for an early advantage in this “away” game. The Mustangs started their charge with a leadoff single from Josh Lincoln and Lincoln was able to take second base. With two outs and a runner on second base Colton Pogue drove him in with a single to the right side. Without any hesitation Pogue stole second on the next at bat leading to a eventually score as Josh Williams singled to make the score 2-0 Mustangs.
Jeremiah Figueroa increased the lead two innings later when he blasted a shot over the left field way to make the score 3-0 Mustangs. Figueroa ended his day 2-2 with two RBIs including one in the fourth to go along with three walks.
Just like the first inning Lincoln started the scoring when he reached safely on a walk with one out. An error on the fielder’s choice put a runner on first and second with one out. The two out rally was now on as the next three batters took advantage of a costly to error to plate four runs to make the score 7-0 Mustangs.
Starting pitcher for the Mustangs Mitch Steinhoff battled all the way up to the fourth inning before the Joplin offense started to get the best of him as they scored two runs. The Mustangs grabbed one more back in the top of the fifth to make the lead 8-2. Defensive weakness allowed the Outlaws to push back and plate two unearned runs on two errors in the bottom half of the inning making the score 8-4. After the fifth Steinhoff finished his day as he gave up two earned runs (four runs in total) and six hits.
The Mustangs platted one more the next inning as Pogue scored from third base on a passed ball to bring the lead up to 9-4.
As Steinhoff’s start was finished it was Jonathan Lynch’s turn to keep the Outlaws at bay. The sixth proved to be a success, but when the seventh rolled around the so did the lack of control as he walked the first two batters of the inning. Before Lynch knew it the bases were loaded, but luckily he escaped only giving up two runs on a hit by pitch and a wild pitch to make the score a 9-6 Mustangs lead.
The ninth went off without a hitch as neither team were able to gain any sort of momentum. Colton Keneagy shut the door on any sort of comeback from the Outlaws to secure the 10-6 victory. This victory puts the Mustangs 31-12 on the season and 25-11 in MINK League play.
The Mustangs will return to action on Friday where they will face off against the Nevada Griffons at Phil Welch. This will be the start of the last homestand for the Mustangs before they go on the road and then on to the playoffs. Steve D’Amico heads to the mound for the Mustangs boasted a 4-0 record with a 1.99 ERA.
The promotion set for the game is total Solar Eclipse night courtesy of St. Joseph CVB. The first 100 fans will receive a free Moonpie and there will be a Solar Eclipse gift basket giveaway. Along with that will be the Mustangs annual dollar beer night.