A combination of five errors and nine walks allowed Valley Center (KS) to end the Mustangs' season with an 8-5 defeat. St. Joseph ends their sixth season 41-18, a team record for wins.
The Mustangs outhit Valley Center 14-4, but defensive mistakes allowed offensive rallies like a three-run eighth inning despite zero hits.
Brandon Huske matched a game-high with two RBIs. Francisco Alvarez, Joe Koerper, and Eric Wilcoxson also drove in runs.
Dixon Marble allowed four runs on four hits with three strikeouts through 4 1/3 innings. The Mustangs matched every score by Valley Center through five innings until the Diamond Dogs tallied four of the last five runs.
Austin Aspegren took his first loss through two relief innings after giving up his first run of the year.
CJ Gregory kept St. Joseph to just four hits over the last 4 2/3 innings to secure the win.
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