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Mustangs absent against A's

After a perfect game against the Nevada Griffons yesterday, the St Joe Mustangs returned to face their most formidable opponent, the Clarinda A's.

The A's had the Mustangs' number the last two times they played, with scores of 3-11 and 2-5 widdling away at the Mustangs' record. The Mustangs try to avenge the past two losses at Phil Welch tonight.

Starting pitcher Aron Harrington stepped into the first inning, which erupted into chaos as A's shortstop Sean Bazmore ejected a three-run-homerun over the left field wall.

Harrington advanced further in the inning when A's first baseman Tyler Macon singled, advanced to third off a wild pickoff attempt, and was driven home by A's right fielder Layth Holiday, who hit an RBI single. The A's led 0-4 in the first inning.

Harrington took the A's out in order in the second inning. Holiday hit a bases-clearing triple in the third inning to score three A's. A's catcher Mark Henderson doubled to score to extend the A's lead 0-8.

Relief pitcher Andrew Clark let Harrington sit in the fourth inning. Clark stopped the A's offense, giving up one hit and a stolen base. In the fifth, the Mustang's defense pulled together an outstanding double play by third baseman Jordan Black, second baseman Carson Schrack, and first baseman Jeter Mauzey to end the inning.

Clark returned in the sixth inning, starting with hitting A's center fielder Khi Holiday and advancing to second after A's third baseman Joey Caruso grounded out; after advancing to third, Holiday scored on A's designated hitter Connor McKnatt's single to extend the A's lead 0-9.

In the bottom of the sixth the Mustang's offense started with left fielder Noah Bodenhaus's single. Bodenhaus advanced to second after right fielder Darius Freeman's groundout. Bodenhaus scored on Mauzey's single to trail the A's 1-9.

Shortstop Mason Holton doubled to advance Mauzey to third, putting two runners in scoring position. Catcher Dom Felix drove Mauzey and Holton home on a two-rbi double to trail 3-9.

Center fielder Trevor McCollum followed Felix with an RBI single to score Felix to trail 4-9.

Clark returned in the seventh inning, giving up a walk and no hits. Relief pitcher Tim Teixeira came into the eighth inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Teixeira returned in the ninth to give up a hit and no runs, keeping the score at 4-9.

The Mustangs lost 4-9 after going down in four batters. This is the sixth loss in their 26-6 record.

The Mustangs hit the road to face the Nevada Griffons at Lyons Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

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