Updated: Jun 4
Playing as the Tenderloins, the St. Joseph Mustangs saw their Friday night battle with the KC Monarchs cut short by severe weather. The game was called in the third inning, with the Tenderloins leading 11-1.
Tanner Schmidt toed the slab for St. Joe, allowing just one hit in three full innings of work. However, he did walk four and hit three batsmen, contributing to the Monarchs’ lone run. That run came in the second, after the Tenderloins had already carved out a healthy lead.
Like Wednesday’s home opener, St. Joe wasted no time crowding the base paths. Each of the first three Tenderloins reached and scored in inning number one, as third baseman Michael Paule and designated hitter Mason Holton delivered run-scoring hits. After making a pair of outs on the bases, the Tenderloins exited the first up 3-0 with eight men having hit.
An inning later, 11 St. Joe hitters came to the dish. This time, each of the first six Tenderloins reached base, all scoring once again. Paule added two more RBI to his name with an opposite-field single. Then, left fielder Dakota Spicer and second baseman Will Dryburgh - both making their season debut - each singled to drive in a combined three runs. With a second six-run inning in as many games, St. Joe’s lead ballooned from 3-1 to 9-1.
As thunderstorms rolled in, the Tenderloins poured on two more runs in the third. They took a different offensive approach, beginning their rally with two outs and the bases empty. Right fielder Ike Book hammered a triple to the right-center gap, coming around to score on a ringing double by center fielder Trevor McCollum. St. Joe’s 11th run then crossed home on a Monarch throwing error. Two batters later, the game entered a lightning delay which lasted about 15 minutes before the night’s conclusion.
Up next, the Mustangs will play their M.I.N.K. League opener at Phil Welch Stadium. The Nevada Griffons will make the trip north for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch Saturday night.