06/07/2015 12:09 PM
There was a packed house to watch the St Joseph Mustangs take on the Joplin Outlaws as 5,176 fans filed in to Historic Phil Welch Stadium. There was a buzz in the air as Mustangs’ pitcher Mitch Steinhoff took on Outlaws’ JC Hatcher.
The Mustangs continued a trend, scoring early in the bottom of the first. Jacob Richardson singled, and was later driven in by a Trent Hill single, giving the Mustangs their customary early lead.
Mitch Steinhoff came out for the top of the second after shutting the down Outlaws in the first. It was a rocky inning for the Nebraska native, who walked the bases loaded. However, he escaped the jam unscathed, and settled in until the top of the sixth. The Mustangs had a two run advantage coming into the inning after scoring another run in the third. Steinhoff gave up the lead, surrendering two runs in the top half of the sixth. Steinhoff left with the bases loaded, handing the jam over to Ross Juliana.
Juliana escaped the sixth, and came out again for the seventh inning, after the Mustangs regained the lead with a big three run sixth. The go ahead run came when Trent Hill scored on a timely Alvarez single. They scored two more runs thanks to a poor defensive play by the Outlaws, giving St. Joseph a 5-2 lead.
The score held up until the end, giving Ross Juliana the win. Steven D’amico got the save after pitching a scoreless frame in the ninth. Jacob Richardson was the player of the game going 4-4 with a run scored, and an RBI.
By: Robert Bryant