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Mustangs Massacre Monarchs

After yesterday's close game against the Kansas City Monarchs, the St Joe Mustangs didn't want anything to do with another close game this week. The Mustangs came into today's game knowing there would be no messing around for Vegas night, as everyone in the Mustangs lineup showed offensively and defensively on the Phil Welch diamond.

Starting pitcher Trenton Roehler pitched a fantastic first inning, keeping the Monarchs' offense stifled and readying the Mustangs' offense.

In the bottom of the first, center fielder Trevor McCollum started his day with a standup double to put himself in the scoring position. Short-Stop Carson Schrack put McCollum across the plate with an RBI single to have the Mustangs lead 1-0.

Roehler faced the minimum in the second inning after a 6/4/3 double play, and a strikeout sent him back to the dugout.

Roehler returned in the third after the Mustangs' offense went down 1-2-3 to see second baseman Carson Schmidt make a jumping catch that stole a hit.

In the bottom of the third, Schmidt hustled for a single and stole a base, putting himself in a scoring position. Left fielder Darius Freeman destroyed a ball that gave him a triple and scored Schidt for a 2-0 lead.

McCollum, who already doubled, had a chopped ball to third base; the Monarch's first baseman couldn't handle the ball, putting McCollum on first and scoring Freeman for a 3-0 ballgame.

Designated hitter Kyle Hepburn grounds a ball to the third baseman, who throws it away into right-center field, putting runners at corners. Right fielder Jeter Mauzey laced a single, scoring McCollum and making the score 4-0.

Roehler was in trouble in the fourth inning. A Monarch laced a line drive that was grabbed by Schrack, preventing a run. The inning ended with a 6-4 play by Easton Bruce.

In the bottom of the fourth, Schmidt hustled for a single. Freeman backed Schmidt up with another single. Both caught additional bags after a successful double steal, putting runners on second and third.

McCollum vaporizes a ball for a two-RBI triple and scores himself after Schrack hits a sacrifice fly.

Hepburn walks and steals second, bringing up Mauzey to score Hepburn off an RBI double that dented the left field wall; Mustangs lead 8-0.

In the fifth, third baseman Jorden Black makes an excellent throw for the first out of the inning. Bronco Witt makes quick work out of the following two batters, bringing up the offense.

Schmidt gets to first on ball four and steals second standing for Freeman. Freeman laces another RBI single, scoring Schmidt, only to be caught stealing with McCollum up to bat. The Mustangs lead 9-0.

In the sixth, Mauzey makes a crucial over-the-shoulder snag in right field to save an extra-base hit. The Mustangs tipped their caps to Mauzey for the excellent play.

In the sixth, McCollum reaches first again after the second baseman makes an error. Bruce hammers a double, scoring McCollum. Bruce is tagged out shortly after trying to reach third.

Another error by the third baseman allows Hepburn to reach first. Mauzey hits a towering fly ball to center, resulting in a ground-rule double, putting runners on first and second.

Catcher Dom Felix walks to load the bases for Black. Hepburn scores on a passed ball to put the lead at 11-0. Felix was picked off at second shortly after to end the inning.

Michael Infranca came into the seventh inning to end the game once the ten-run rule was in place, allowing the Mustangs to obliterate the Monarchs in a one-sided showcase 11-0.

Your Mustangs player of the game was Trevor McCollum, who went 2-4 with a double, triple, and three RBIs.

Your next Mustangs game is tomorrow. The St Joe Saints are returning to Phil Welch Stadium to face the Ban Johnson Raiders at 7 p.m.

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