The St. Joseph Mustangs dropped their final non-league game of the summer Thursday evening. With a 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Monarchs, the Mustangs dropped to 25-13 overall.
Mustangs alumnus Steve D’Amico pitched for the Monarchs, throwing a 155-pitch complete game with 13 strikeouts. St. Joe attacked him early, though, scoring two runs in the first on third baseman Will Dryburgh’s two-out single.
On the other side, Mustangs starting pitcher Frank Gall threw only three innings as part of a bullpen game but kept his team ahead. The southpaw worked around a leadoff double in the first before allowing a run and leaving the bases loaded in the third.
In the fourth, right-hander Tanner Schmidt denied the Monarchs with two men in scoring position and nobody out. However, the fifth inning saw the visitors finally break through. An error, a hit-by-pitch and two walks set the table for four runs to score. By the inning’s end, the Monarchs led 5-2.
D’Amico silenced the St. Joe offense until the eighth, when first baseman Jayden Little bounced another RBI single with two outs. But in the ninth, Kansas City immediately rebuilt its three-run advantage with a two-out run. The Mustangs then brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but a groundout to the mound ended the game.
Having dropped back-to-back games for the first time in over three weeks, the Mustangs will resume M.I.N.K. League play Friday. The Chillicothe Mudcats will be in town for a 7 p.m. first pitch.