Mustangs on Short End of Walk Off at Clarinda

Published 07/15 2013 11:47PM

Updated 07/16 2013 11:04AM

(CLARINDA, Iowa) The Mustangs saw fit to give Clarinda every bit they could handle Monday night. 

Fueled by four straight wins and three defeats by the A's already this season, St. Joseph scored six runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 7-7. 

The momentum was short-lived, however, as Tommy Hager sent a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to beat the Mustangs 8-7. 

St. Joe (26-16, 20-16) is knocked back to three games behind Clarinda for first place in the MINK League's North Division. 

Dixon Marble gave up five of Clarinda's runs in the starting role, allowing up 11 hits while striking out two in five innings. 

The Mustangs managed to score first thanks to Griff Gordon's RBI single in the first inning. Clarinda hung the next seven runs unanswered as St. Joe's bats went quiet until the final frame.

Gordon again sparked the rally, scoring Carlos Rodriguez with an RBI double. Zac Johnson then returned the favor with a single off reliever Jeff Harvill. Joe Koerper also scored on the play for the first of four unearned runs. 

Both teams committed a pair of errors on the night.

Trey Gonzalesz took the loss after working just a third of an inning. Cody Ponder picked up the win, inducing a pop-up to right field to make Rodriguez his only out. 

The Mustangs stay on the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Sedalia. 

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