The St. Joseph Mustangs dropped their series opener at Clardina Monday evening. With a 10-2 loss to the A’s, the Mustangs moved to 28-14 overall and 26-13 in the M.I.N.K. League. They now lead Clarinda by two games in the North Division.
Despite making five errors in the field, the A’s controlled the game from the start. All their offensive production came in two innings - a six-run third and a four-run eighth. Clarinda never recorded an extra-base hit, but 10 singles proved more than enough to cruise past the Mustangs.
Right-hander Tyson Hilsabeck made the start for St. Joe. And though he was roughed up in the third, he made it through six innings for the sixth consecutive time. Right-hander Tanner Schmidt relieved him, pitching the seventh and eighth innings.
The Mustangs’ only two runs came in the eighth after Clarinda transitioned to its bullpen. Third baseman Ryan Callahan doubled in the first run before an error scored the second.
St. Joseph will have an off day Tuesday to reset before making another trip to Clarinda for the series finale Wednesday.