The St. Joseph Mustangs finished their season series with the Nevada Griffons in dominant fashion Sunday evening. With a 10-3 road victory, the Mustangs improved to 4-0 against the Griffons this month. In those four games, St. Joe has outscored Nevada 45-9 with three 10-run performances.
Collecting 11 hits and feeding off five Griffon errors, the Mustangs pulled away early. First baseman Ryan Callahan opened the scoring with a single to right, extending his RBI streak to five games. Third baseman Michael Paule later brought in two with his first of two singles to make it 4-0. Paule has reached base multiple times in four consecutive games, recording two hits in three of them.
St. Joe added three more runs in the second, as catcher Oscar Pegg led off with a double and scored on an error. Another mistake in the outfield would allow two more to score on center fielder Brayden Luikart’s single.
The Mustangs plated another pair in the third, as second baseman Noah Bodenhausen doubled to make it 9-0. Run number 10 would cross home in the fourth on a throwing error by Nevada’s catcher.
With a bounty of run support behind him, starting pitcher Andrew Clark turned in his team-high third quality start of the summer. Striking out seven Griffons in six frames, his only two runs allowed came on a sixth-inning home run. Before that long ball, Clark had retired 10 of his last 11 batters faced.
Right-hander Camden Lutz pitched the game’s final three innings, allowing one run in the eighth.
With Jefferson City defeating Clarinda, the Mustangs moved a full game closer to first place in the North Division Sunday night. Now 15-8 overall and 13-8 in M.I.N.K. League play, St. Joe sits a game and a half back of the A’s heading into Monday’s off night. The Mustangs will visit the Des Moines Peak Prospects Tuesday at 7 p.m.