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Mustangs Outlast Monarchs

After their last win against the Jefferson City Renegades, the St Joe Mustangs are back at Phil Welch to play against an unlikely foe. The Kansas City Monarchs came to Phil Welch to take on the number one seed in the MINK League, and the Mustangs didn't back down against their MLB-affiliated adversary.

The first two innings of play were a defensive showcase and a pitcher's duel, which on the Mustangs side was starting pitcher Landon Reith.

In the bottom of the third inning, Truman Bodenhaus took off to steal third base. The Monarchs catcher threw the ball past the third baseman, allowing the Mustangs to lead 1-0.

Reith pitched five scoreless innings against possible MLB prospects, but things got shakey in the top of the sixth inning. After a Monarchs double, an error by SS Noah Bodenhaus put runners on corners with no outs.

Reith failed a pick-off attempt at first, allowing the runner at third to score and the runner at first to advance to third. After an impressive first five innings, Reith was taken out in the fifth to be replaced by Diego De Santiago.

De Santiago worked with the bases loaded. A grounder to second baseman T Bodehausen looked like it would end up a 4-6-3 double play until the umpire ruled the runner was safe at first. Two more Monarchs crossed home to lead 2-3.

In the seventh inning, the Mustangs had bases loaded for Jordan Black. Black came up short after a fantastic showing at the plate as a powerful throw caught him at first, ending the inning.

The Monarchs extended their lead as a single, and a passed ball put two more Monarchs across home plate to extend their lead 2-5.

In the top of the ninth inning pitch, Darius Freeman held off the rallying Monarchs to stifle their offense and move to the bottom of the ninth, where the game got interesting.

The inning started with a single by T Bodenhaus. With Bodenhaus on base, back-to-back walks were given to N Bodenhaus and Mason Holton. With the bases loaded, Black was hit by a pitch, walking in T Bodenhaus to gain a run and trail 3-5.

Trevor McCollum continues his streak of clutch hits, hitting a two-RBI single that scored Bodenhaus and Holton to tie the game at five.

Dom Felix came to the plate with pressure, with Black on third to end the game. Felix hit a hard grounder, which ended in a double play that put Phil Welch in extra innings.

In the eleventh inning, the Mustangs held off the Monarchs to have the game still tied in the bottom of the eleventh.

Holton started the inning, flying out to center field. Black followed up with a single, putting the winning run first. McCollum hit a sharp ground ball to the second baseman, almost ending in a double play. However, the first baseman took his foot off the bag, shocking the Monarchs as the inning went on.

Felix returned to the plate and redeemed himself as a clutch batter. He skied a fly ball to shallow left field where the first baseman and the right fielder couldn't track it, scoring McCollum and winning the game in the 11th inning 6-5.

Your Mustangs player of the game was Dom Felix after his redemption at the plate in the 11th inning.

The next game is a rematch against the Kansas City Monarchs at home for Vegas Night, where you can enter to win tickets to see Morgan Wallen and Jellyroll in Vegas!

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