06/08/2019 8:52 AM
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Mustangs baseball club closed a three-game stint with the Ozark Generals Friday, winning the final game 12-7 and taking the series 2-1.
After forcing Ozark into a one-two-three first inning, the Mustang (9-1, 6-0 MINK) offense came to the plate swinging the bat. With two early outs, infielder Jordan Maxson ripped a triple to deep right-center field to give the Mustangs the first base runner of the evening. On the next at bat, first baseman Karl Koerper singled and successfully drove in Maxson to give St. Joe an early 1-0 advantage.
Mustangs starting pitcher Drake Kanallakan continued to shut the Generals bats down through two
innings and allowed St. Joe to keep the ball rolling in the second.
The Mustangs scored two runs on one defensive error while leaving two stranded in the home half. Outfielder Dylan Ketch began the inning by drawing a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a successful stolen base. Next to bat, outfielder Derek Hussey singled on a fielding error by the Ozark second baseman, advancing Ketch to third base. Hussey stole second on the next pitch to put two runners in scoring position for outfielder Logan Rycraft, who stepped in the batters box. Rycraft got under a deep sacrifice fly ball, scoring Ketch from third and moving Hussey to third. Like a tale of déjà vu, infielder Jackson Dierenfeldt hit a sacrifice fly to right, recording the second out and batting in Hussey for the final run of the inning.
Kanallaken continued to deal on the mound for St. Joe, keeping Ozark scoreless through the third.
In the bottom of the inning, designated hitter Drew Beazley notched his first hit of the night by launching a home run over the left field fence and increasing the Mustangs lead to 4-0 over the Generals.
The fourth inning saw runs from both squads with Ozark leading off adding one to the scoreboard to inch back at the St. Joseph lead and bringing the score to 4-1. The Mustangs answered by scoring three runs of their own to extend the lead back to six runs and take a commanding 7-1 advantage over the Generals.
In the fifth, Ozark tacked on another run before recording its third out, trying to chop down the Mustang lead. Inevitably, the St. Joseph offense stepped its foot on the gas and crossed four more in the home half, stretching its lead to 11-2.
After forcing Ozark into another three-up, three-down inning in the top pf the sixth, the Mustangs plated another run to score in their sixth consecutive inning of the night. With two outs, Rycraft notched a single to the shortstop and advanced to second base on a stolen base. First in the batting order, Dierenfeldt, hit a line drive through the middle of the infield, scoring Rycraft from second. St. Joe upped its lead to 12-2 over Ozark.
The Generals offense heated up in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four runs initiated by Infielder Lucas Riddick, who jacked a three-run homer and found some momentum had come their way. Ozark held the Mustangs off the scoreboard for the first time in the bottom of the seventh and added another run in the top of the eighth inning, bringing the score to 12-7.
St. Joe went one-two-three in the bottom of the eight and need just one more half inning of solid defense to come out victorious. Pitcher Austin Kleinlein walked onto the bump for the Mustangs in the ninth and allowed only one hit while striking out one.
Maxson was named the Player of the Game for Fridays game-three outing going 3-for-4, scoring three
runs and notching two RBI.
Jordan is one of our key returners from last year and is swinging the bat really well right now, Manager Johnny Coy said. Hes seems to be having a lot of fun and I expect him to keep performing like this throughout the rest of the season.
On the mound, Kanallakan got the start for St. Joseph going three and 2/3 innings while giving up one run on two hits and striking out two. Ronnie Wiggington, Dawson Smith, and Kleinlein also made appearances.
The Mustangs are back in action tomorrow for a one-game stint against the Nevada Griffons with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. Mosaic Life Care post-game fireworks are scheduled after the conclusion of the contest.