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Mustangs Fall to .500 in League Play with Loss in Clarinda

The St. Joseph Mustangs dropped their third consecutive game Monday night in Clarinda. Falling 8-3 to the A’s, the Mustangs lowered their record to 6-5 overall and 5-5 in the M.I.N.K. League.

Shortstop Mason Holton drove in all three Mustang runs. With 13 RBI this summer, he now leads the team outright and sits within the league’s top five in RBI. Holton started the scoring in the first with a single. Then, in the seventh, he brought St. Joe back within four runs on a two-run double.

Mustangs starting pitcher Tanner Schmidt surrendered the lead early on. Unable to record an out in the second inning, he walked five, allowing two earned runs and two unearned runs. Through two innings, Clarinda led 4-1.

Schmidt’s replacement, right-hander Camden Lutz, did what he could to ease the bullpen’s burden. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs. Before Holton delivered his second big hit of the night, St. Joe trailed by a 7-1 score.

Left-hander Michael Infranca tossed the Mustangs’ final two innings, allowing one run. All in all, the St. Joe pitching staff walked 10 and allowed 11 hits while striking out only three.

The Mustangs will look for a bounce-back Tuesday night. They will be facing the A’s in Clarinda once again at 7 p.m.

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