The St. Joseph Mustangs cruised to a comfortable 9-4 victory over the Joplin Outlaws last Saturday to finish the three game series against their MINK League rivals with a positive 2-1 record.
The Mustangs struck first. Following two innings in which the Outlaws managed only one base hit and no runs, Joplin pitcher Colt Browne walked Brody Santilli with the bases loaded and allowed Derek Hussey to trot in for the game’s first score.
As pitcher Michael Lydon-Lorson and the Mustangs defense held down the fort in the next inning, the Mustangs offense would explode in the bottom of the third with help from the Outlaws by way of some errant pitching and sloppy fielding.
Louis Mele was struck by a pitch, and as he led off a wild throw to the first baseman allowed him to advance to second. A walk for Joshua Williams set up a single from Kyle Uhrich that ran Mele in, and another wild pitch from Browne set up scores from Williams and Uhrich before the fourth inning began.
The Outlaws Joseph Kinder and Matt Delavega scored in the fourth to cut the Mustangs lead in half, before a series of scores from St. Joseph in the following two innings put them ahead by five, capped by a two-run homer from Uhrich in the sixth that would make the score 9-4 with two innings to go.
Through the last three innings, neither team would score as Nikko Pablo came in to relieve Lydon-Lorson.