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Mustangs Drop Series Opener to Clarinda in Seven Innings

The St. Joseph Mustangs suffered a home, run-rule defeat for the first time this summer Wednesday night. The Clarinda A’s rolled to an 11-1 win in seven innings, returning to first place in the M.I.N.K. League North Division.

Right-handers Tanner Schmidt and Jay Greco handled the pitching for St. Joe. Only seven of their eleven runs allowed were earned as the Mustang defense committed four errors.

The A’s scored one run in the first, another in the second and two more in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Mustangs put the leadoff man aboard in each of the first three innings but never brought him home.

St. Joe’s first run crossed in the sixth after Clarinda had taken a 9-0 lead. With men on the corners and one out, first baseman Aron Harrington lifted a sacrifice fly to right. The A’s would answer with two runs in the seventh, closing out the ten-run victory.

Now 21-11 overall and 19-11 within league play, the Mustangs will play the final game of their home series with Clarinda at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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