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Sherburne Delivers Mustangs' Second Straight Walk-off in 14th

Mike Sherburne drives in the winning run in what matches the longest game in team history on Friday.
(ST. JOSEPH) Many things have come together for the St. Joseph Mustangs over the last couple days. The Fourth of July falling on a weekend means the largest homestand for attendance of the season. 

Those big crowds have been treated to free baseball and walk off winners in back-to-back nights.

The Mustangs and Sedalia Bombers went 14 innings at Phil Welch Stadium on Friday before Mike Sherburne slapped a bases-loaded single to snag the win in front of over 4,000 in a battle of the top teams in the MINK League North and South Divisions. 

The 14 innings matches the longest game in the franchise's six-year history. 

Sedalia reliever Dalton Christian intentionally walked Joe Koerper face Sherburne with the bases loaded. After getting ahead 3-1 in the count, the left fielder turned on a pitch to short and slid under the throw to first. 

"I was chomping at the bit. I wanted to get in there," Sherburne said shortly after being covered with cream pie and silly string by teammates. "I couldn't hit the rest of the game, but you've just got to be confident. I'm here for a reason, so I just put a good swing on it and put it in play."

"I'll tell you: I'm tired. The team is tired, but it's always good to get a win in extra innings."

Sedalia struck first in the fourth inning when Jordan Dey chopped a pitch back to starter Jake Jones, who elected for a force out at home with the bases loaded. The Missouri Western product had yet to allow a run through 15 innings in his first two starts, but was tagged with a pair on Friday. 

The second came in the eighth when Austin Aspegren inherited two runners in relief. Jonathan Ramon advanced to third on an error before Aspegren issued a bases-loaded walk, tying it 2-2. 

Zac Johnson knocked in the Mustangs' only regulation runs in the sixth, driving a two run single to right to score Sherburne and Joe Koerper. 

Both teams slapped eight hits and combined for five errors, leading to 28 runners being stranded.

Sedalia starter Preston Tarkington, who just finished a season with Mississippi that finished in the College World Series semifinals, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out two over six innings. 

Trent Hill tossed the final 4 2/3 hitless frames for St. Joseph, striking out three batters in his first win. 


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