All three Mustangs (34-13, 23-12 MINK) were sent packing after a controversial call at second base in the second inning.
Clarinda already plated two runs in the frame before D'Marco Poindexter doubled to right center with one out. Gavin Golsan scored from first on the hit, but the Mustangs protested the run, claiming that Golsan didn't hit second base while running past the bag. The umpires agreed and called Poindexter out, not Golsan, putting St. Joe in a 3-0 hole.
The call outraged the St. Joseph dugout, and after arguing it on three separate occasions, Johnson was kicked out. Jackson and Fox followed shortly after.
The Mustangs attempted to place the game under protest, but it didn't come before the next pitch after the dispute nullifying the protest.
The bizarre second inning gave the Mustangs a larger deficit to overcome, and the bats failed to find a rhythm.
Three Clarinda pitchers scattered five St. Joe hits over nine innings, and compiled six strikeouts.
As a team, the Mustangs batting average remains at the bottom of the MINK at .222.
Outside of a three-run second inning, Miles Gully pitched well. The lefty allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out five over seven innings.
The loss coupled with a Chillicothe win reduces St. Joe's lead in the MINK North Division to 1.5 games. The Mustangs host the Mudcats in a doubleheader Thursday, then play a twin bill at Chilli Sunday.
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