The St. Joseph Mustangs finished their road trip with a 10-7 loss Thursday at Chillicothe. With their winning streak over at four games, the Mustangs are now 17-9 overall and 15-9 in M.I.N.K. League play.
Thursday night was a story of two games. The Mudcats dominated the first four innings, tagging eight hits off Mustangs starter Frank Gall and building a 10-1 lead. St. Joe’s only run came on a single by second baseman Noah Bodenhausen in the second.
The game’s final five innings, however, belonged to the Mustangs. St. Joe would score six late runs, even putting the tying run on base in the ninth. Right-hander Tanner Schmidt allowed two runs in the fourth but blanked the Mudcats the rest of the way to keep the Mustangs in the game.
St. Joe’s rally began with a four-run sixth. Designated hitter Jayden Little and Bodenhausen drove in a combined three runs with singles. Center fielder Trevor McCollum later walked in a run, making it 10-5.
Another Mustangs run came home in the eighth after right fielder Aron Harrington slammed a leadoff triple to the wall in right-center. He would score on Little’s sacrifice fly. All the while, Schmidt had faced the minimum in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, helping the Mustangs remain ready to hit.
With some help from the Mudcats, St. Joe nearly completed the final push to a nine-run comeback in the ninth. The inning began with a walk and two-base error in center field, placing two runners in scoring position. With one out, Harrington poked an RBI single - his fourth hit of the night - to make it 10-7. Representing the tying run, left fielder Dakota Spicer worked a walk, but an ensuing strikeout and flyout would end the game.
Entering Friday’s action, the Mustangs occupy second place in the North Division. They are a game behind Clarinda and a game and a half clear of Carroll. The Mustangs will have a chance to distance themselves from third place with a two-game series against Carroll at home this weekend. Friday’s first pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Phil Welch Stadium.