(JOPLIN, Mo.) A 16 inning marathon finally came to an end Monday night thanks to Tim Caputo's bases clearing double.
Caputo stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and only one out in the top of the 16th. The shortstop, who did not enter the game until the 14th inning as a pinch runner, drove in Max Lefevre, Shane Segovia and Jake Kretzer to take a 5-2 lead that the Mustangs would not relinquish.
The 5-2 St. Joseph win, which was the front end of a doubleheader, had a streak of eight innings without a run crossing the plate.
Caputo nearly doubled his RBI total for the year with the hit upping his total to seven runs batted in.
Despite playing an extra nine innings, the Mustangs used just three pitchers.
Cody Cunningham got the start for the Mustangs allowing two runs, just one earned, and struck out three batters through six and a third innings.
Chris Green, who is typically used as a closer, entered in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit before leaving after the tenth inning.
St. Joseph got six strong innings out of reliever, Carlos Rodrigues.
Rodrigues recorded his first win of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.17 in three appearances.
The Mustangs jumped on the scoreboard in the third inning thanks to catcher Tanner Lubach.
Lubach delivered a two-RBI single scoring Lefevre and Kyle Simpson giving St. Joe a 2-0 lead.
The Outlaws responded in the sixth inning.
With two runners on and two out, Joplin's Kyle Dickens loaded the bases after an error on Kris Koerper at first base.
Griffen Glaude singled home a run one pitch later to cut St. Joe's lead in half.
In the seventh, Patrick Drake hit a one-out double scoring David Guarno to tie the game.
The win snaps a four-game MINK losing streak for the Mustangs.
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