The St. Joseph Mustangs fell to the Des Moines Peak Prospects for the first time this season Sunday afternoon. With a 9-1 loss at Simpson College in Indianola, the Mustangs moved to 19-10 overall and 17-10 in M.I.N.K. League play. They are now one game back of the Clarinda A’s for first place in the North Division.
Des Moines took control of the game early on both sides of the ball. En route to a two-hit game, the Mustangs went without a hit during the first three innings. Meanwhile, the Peak Prospects got after St. Joe starting pitcher Andrew Clark, scoring one in the first and five in the third.
The Mustangs cracked the scoreboard in the fourth, as third baseman Jeremy Rader singled and came home on first baseman Aron Harrington’s double to the wall in right-center field. Harrington has an extra-base hit in three consecutive games and five of his last six outings.
Des Moines would expand its lead to 9-1 with two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. In the eighth, Easton Bruce made his summer pitching debut for the Mustangs, retiring the side on 11 pitches.
With six games remaining before the All-Star break, the Mustangs will kick off a four-game homestand against Chillicothe Monday at 7 p.m. The night will feature a Postgame Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular courtesy of Mosaic Life Care.