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Mustang's fifth-inning finesse!

Yesterday's game ended in a heartbreaking loss to the Clarinda A's in a 4-9 loss. Today, the Mustangs traveled to Lyons Stadium to face off against the team that netted them their first-ever perfect game, the Nevada Griffons.


In the last matchup against the Griffons, Sam Pitts made history as the first-ever Tenderloin to pitch a perfect game in Mustangs/Tenderloins history. The Mustangs look to keep the streak going of taking down the Griffons.


Starting pitcher Camden Lutz pitched the first inning. Lutz gave up a single to Griffons right fielder Keller Rivers. After stealing second, Rivers scored on a single by Griffon's third baseman Cooper Rasmussen. The Griffons led 0-1 in the first.


Lutz returned in the second, taking the Griffons down in order and recording two strikeouts. He returned in the third inning, walking a Griffon, who was later caught stealing by catcher Dom Felix.


In the top of the fourth, Felix put the Mustangs on the board with a solo home run to tie the game at 1.


Lutz returned to the mound in the fourth. He started by giving up a single to Griffons left fielder Bryce Humphrey, who ended off on third after a stolen base and an error by Felix.


Griffons designated hitter Rhett Hayes singled to drive home Humphrey, giving the Griffons a 1-2 lead. Hayes advanced to third on an error by left fielder Easton Bruce. Hayes scored on a groundout by Griffon first baseman Joshua Perez to extend the Griffons' lead to 1-3.


The Mustangs took over in the top of the fifth with a walk for third baseman Jordan Black, a single for second baseman Truman Bodenhaus, and shortstop Carson Schmidt reaching first to load the bases.


Right fielder Frank Gall hit a sacrifice fly to score Black from third to trail 2-3. With runners on second and third, center fielder Trevor McCollum walked to load the bases. Bodenhaus scored on a wild pitch, advancing both Schmidt and McCollum and tying the game at 3.


Felix hit a sacrifice line out to drive in Schmidt to lead in the fifth inning 4-3. Trevor McCollum scored on an error by Griffons starting pitcher Gaige Carson to extend their lead 5-3.


Relief pitcher Michael Infranca pitched in the fifth inning, walking a batter and recording two strikeouts. Relief pitcher Bronco Witt pitched in the sixth, walking two batters and recording two strikeouts with runners on second and third.


In the seventh, Schmidt singled, then advanced to third after stealing second and advancing to third on an error by Griffon's catcher, Waylon McKnight. McCollum tripled to score Schmidt, extending the lead 6-3.


Felix came through again with an RBI single to score McCollum, extending the lead to 7-3. After Felix advanced to second on a wild pitch, Bruce battered a double to left field to score Felix, extending the lead 8-3.


Relief pitcher Tanner Schmidt pitched in the seventh, where he walked a batter and recorded a strikeout.


Relief pitcher Noah Thomas pitched in the eighth inning. He gave up a solo home run to Humphrey, letting the Griffons trail 8-4. Thomas gave up a double and recorded two strikeouts to get out of the eighth.


Closing pitcher Jaren Guck pitched in the ninth, giving up two hits and recording a strikeout to get the Mustangs their thirty-first win in an 8-4 ballgame!


The Mustangs go on a two-day break; they return on Thursday, playing the U.S. Military War Dogs at Phil Welch Stadium at 7:00 p.m.



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