Mustangs Force Decisive Series Finale on Koerper's Big Night

Published 07/24 2014 10:08PM

Updated 07/24 2014 11:14PM

(ST. JOSEPH) The biggest player on the St. Joseph Mustangs roster picked a good time to have one of his biggest performances of the season.

Joe Koerper went 5 for 5 at the plate, including the go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning that helped the Mustangs come back to defeat Sedalia 6-4 in Game 2 of the MINK League Championship Series at Phil Welch Stadium on Thursday. 

St. Joseph will host one more meeting with Sedalia on Friday to decide the league championship. It's the first time since 2012 the Mustangs will host the MINK's final contest, when they also rebounded from a Game 1 loss in Sedalia to claim the crown. 

The Bombers struck first in the opening inning when Jess Cartner took advantage of a failed pickoff attempt by Tanner Lubach at second, dashing home from third. Alex Bee then bunted into a fielder's choice at first base, allowing Tony Sandlifer to score.

St. Joseph was in a 3-0 hole by the second inning, but promptly tied it starting when Sam Perez hit Zac Johnson with the bases loaded. Evan McDonald and Lucas Powers drove in the tying runs before the end of the frame.

Perez threw 127 pitches before getting pulled in the 7th, having allowed all six runs off 12 hits.

Sedalia took another brief lead in the fifth before the Mustangs came back with a run in each of the next three innings. Lubach turned on a single to right, scoring Trent Hill to tie it 4-4 in the same frame. 

McDonald followed Koerper's go-ahead knock by grounding into a fielder's choice to score Brandon Huske. 

Hill tallied the win, giving up just one hit and striking out four over 3 2/3 innings.

Game 3 is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and will be the last game at Phil Welch Stadium this season.

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