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Mustangs Score Season-High in Rout of Branson

St. Joseph scored 18 runs on 13 hits in the opening game of Friday's doubleheader.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) In the Mustangs six previous league games dating back to June 13, they totaled 18 runs.

Any slump the team was in prior to Friday night's doubleheader is officially busted.

St. Joseph belted 13 hits -- four for extra bases -- on the way to an 18-6 rout of Branson.

Eight of the Mustangs' starters finished with at least one hit, and all nine reached base safely in the game.

The Nationals -- playing as the home team in game one as part of a makeup game from earlier in the season -- scored twice in the bottom of the first to open a lead.

Branson held St. Joe scoreless for the first three innings, but the Mustangs scored at least one run in the final four frames to run away with the game.

St. Joseph plated three in the fourth to tie it, then broke out for its largest offensive output in one inning in 2014.

The Mustangs scored eight runs -- six with two outs -- in the fifth to take control of the game.

Of the seven hits in the inning, Zac Johnson's RBI double was the only extra-base knock in the frame.

St. Joe tacked on another run in the sixth, then sixth more in the seventh to complete the outburst.

Joe Koerper led the team with three hits and three runs scored in the win.

Johnson, Mike Sherburne and Nick Sebastian all finished with three RBI apiece -- a season-high for each hitter.

The Mustangs totaled 21 runs in the doubleheader after completing the sweep in the nightcap thanks a historical pitching effort from Jake Jones.

St. Joseph improves to 12-6 in the MINK to stay a game and a half ahead of Chillicothe in the North Division.
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